Sometimes, it’s the little things. This morning I woke up about 15 minutes before my alarm was due to go off. I didn’t plan to do so, hence the alarm, but I was fairly awake that I decided, what the heck, let me go ahead and get the day started. It was the best decision of the entire day. I was not rushing out the door and had enough time to make and drink an entire cup of coffee and sit and chat with my husband before he was off to his morning class. Even taking my dogs for a walk seemed like less of a chore than it usually feels most mornings. I was not as stressed out driving to work thinking about my current projects and everything I was hoping (and needing) to accomplish today in between meetings and seminars. Rather those extra 15 minutes really made all the difference for an above average start to my day rather than a begrudging here we go again kind of Tuesday moment. Ultimately, whether it is an extra 15 minutes here and there, or really utilizing the time between when you first wake up and whenever life starts happening to practice mindfulness, slowing down for a second can really make a huge difference to your overall mood, happiness and productivity.