Spend your first 15 seconds awake planning something nice to do for yourself today. "This can really set you up in a good mood—even if it's just going by the farmers' market and getting fresh strawberries," says Alice Domar, PhD, author of Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Break Free from the Perfection Deception.
It's morning at Hattie's house, and Linda joins her in the kitchen, dressed up for a day of job hunting and interviews. Linda grabs herself a cup of coffee, and Hattie starts to give Linda compliments about her hair and outfit. Suspicious of Hattie's sudden fit of kindness, Linda inquires why her mother is being so nice to her.