Pause: Right after you wake up. Is it welcoming to others? Is it welcoming to you, most of all? If you’re feeling ambitious, jot down a few things that happened that day that you’re glad for. Once it leaves your pen or pencil, don’t think about it anymore that night. (Image credits: Shay Spaniola) Improve: After you’ve turned off the alarm (careful, don’t go back to sleep!), sit up and stare out at what you see. Slip into your sheets with an empty mind so you can have a better’s nights rest and start it all over again the next day! Is it a friendly sight greeting you? Turn out the lights and close the curtains for energy efficiency? Even just quick curb appeal efforts like a good sweep, a new welcome mat, a seasonal wreath and a few plants can improve the look of your home, cheering you every evening as you return from work and greeting guests that come to visit. Pause: Right as you have your hand on the doorknob to leave for work or the day. Wash that last dish in the sink? If you’re not late, spending a few last minutes doing some straightening up could have a big impact on how you perceive your space when you get back home. Improve: What do you see? You can start in your home today by strategically pausing for a few moments in spots and considering small actions that could impact your day more positively. Pause: A few steps before your home’s door from the outside, right after work or back from running errands. Improve: What can you do in three to five minutes that will make you happier when you get back home later? You might want to reconsider if it’s not. Wondering how to fit into your busy life some of that mindfulness we’re always talking about?