By Jodi Milner

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Mornings get busy. There’s always a million things to do and, like, five minutes to do them. On days like this, making our bed feels like the last thing that needs our attention. But, did you know that making your bed can help you feel happier during the day? By making your bed first thing, you’ve already successfully accomplished your first task of the day. This success can line up other successes for the day. Even better, each time you walk into your room, a nicely made bed greets you, which also makes you feel good.

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**Try this** Make a decision when you will make your bed. Ideally, it should be right as you get out of it, but that’s not always an option, possibly because a spouse is still in it. Challenge yourself to make sure your bed is made every day for 30 days in a row and see if it helps you feel more in control of your life. It takes at least 30 days to build a habit, and this is a great habit to have.

**Storytime** Growing up, my bedroom was directly across the hall from my parent’s room. It was literally the first thing my mom saw when she left her room each morning. She had built the habit of always making her bed ages before I came along, and taught me the same thing. Back then it was probably because it made her crazy to see my messy bed all day, but I carried the bed making habit into my adult life. I feel off on the rare days I know my bed isn’t made. Every time I enter my room it just looks messy.

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