What Optimists Eat for Breakfast
We've heard a lot about the mood-boosting benefits of gratitude—for example, how regular grateful thinking can increase happiness by as much as 25 percent —and, Reivich, says thinking grateful thoughts in the morning can set off an upward spiral of good intentions that continues throughout the day. So choose foods you're thankful for instead of foods you feel that you have to eat, and take a moment to appreciate them.
Try: Fresh, seasonal fruit at peak ripeness and flavor or unexpected farmers' market finds—both are fleeting treats. Pair your pick with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Steamy breakfast drinks are impossible to chug, so you're forced to slow down and savor them. Too much caffeine can lead to irritability and anxiety for some people, so have just 1 cup to meditate over and then decide if you need or want another.