I first learnt about this idea from Jack Canfield. He suggested that for setting the right tone to our day and in fact to our life, we must begin with a power hour in the morning. Essentially, a power hour includes:
20 minutes of exercise,
20 minutes of meditation and
20 minutes of reading (uplifting materials).
In one of my Happiness Forecast episodes I recommended adding an hour of power to your day as part of the daily practices that cultivate happiness. There are more suggestions in that post including ten of my happiness boosting activities.
Back to the hour of power and the reading part of it! So what exactly should we read in the morning? I would say read any piece of positive material that you gravitate towards. Ideally, they must be books so you can read it before turning on any of your devices. So here are my favorite uplifting materials:
1. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
2. Turning the mind into an ally by Sakyong Mipham
3. The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (or any of his books)
4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
5. Ask and it is given by Abraham Hicks
There are tons of wonderful writers that I could list here but these are among the 5 books that I have read repeatedly and so they make the cut to be among my top 5. But I will add a bonus # 6 below just for fun because I have read this book several times as well and each time it has filled me up with positive thinking and the light of new possibilities.
6. Write it down and make it happen by Henriette Anne Klauser.
I love to start my day with some uplifting reads. I hope you find this quick list of my top 5 helpful to start off your day on the right tone because the first hour of your day can set the mood for the rest of the day; it's that powerful!
Enjoy your reads and do share in the comments below your favorite reads!