50 Positive Thoughts to Start Your Day off Right

Starting your morning with optimism in your heart makes the day go more smoothly. It’s important to embrace positive thoughts to start your day right. In order to have a positive morning, many people include inspirational morning quotes into their morning routine. Do you have a journal or a vision board? If so, include some of these good morning quotes to them to manifest positivity.

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.

Mary Lou Retton

Understanding that truth makes optimism the goal we should all be striving to achieve. Or the intention that we set for our day.

Do you realize that you can change your entire day by committing to a small positive reflection each morning? It’s true.

Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

Dalai Lama XIV

In fact, I appreciate this truth so much that I’ve incorporated it into my bedroom décor. Having this small art plaque on my dresser ensures it’s the first thing I see when my eyes open. One small reminder keeps me focused.

Making it a wonderful reminder to start the day off right and on a positive note. Do you have any tricks for remembering to wake up positive?

You become what you think about all day long.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Start Your Day With Positive Vibes

It’s a great day to choose great things and have a positive morning. What is something that automatically hits you with the positive vibes? For me, it’s good music, better company, and great food.

Here are a few positive vibes to start the day with a spiritual purpose and understanding.

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.


Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

1 Corinthians 3:16 – NIV Bible

The future depends on what you do today.

Mahatma Gandhi

Knowing that what I do today determines my future helps me make better life choices.

In fact, I recommend jotting it down on a post-it sticky note. So that you can keep it in front of you until it sticks. Pun intended.

Additionally, doodling some of these motivational quotes into your daily life planner and journal will help these messages get through.


Quotes to Start Your Day With a Smile

Are you ready to start your day off right? Here are a handful of quotes to start your day with a smile to last your whole day.

I just love to smile, smiling’s my favorite!

Buddy the Elf

On a more serious note, here are a few quotes that challenge you to smile. And as often as possible.

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. 

Steve Maraboli

Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.

Sri Chinmoy

A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.

Dalai Lama XIV

Knowing that your compassion begins with a smile is the incentive to put one on your face. Here are a few more positive affirmations to start your day.

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.

Rashida Jones

Here are a couple of cute positive thoughts to start your day off right!

A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.

Tom Wilson

A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.

Marilyn Monroe

Also, check out these quotes to make you smile. By understanding how it makes others smile too.

Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world.


Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.

Steve Maraboli

Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.

Christie Brinkley

Similarly, these positive thoughts to start your day encourages you to make good use of your smile.

Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.


Everyone smiles in the same language.

George Carlin

Inspiring Messages to Start Your Day

Now that you’ve found your smile, here are some inspiring messages to start your day.

There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy today.


What a beautiful sentiment to start your day with. Additionally, notice how it creates an opportunity to express gratitude. What are three things that you are grateful for today? Start your morning by writing those down in your gratitude journal.

Here are a couple of positive quotes about a new day.

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Paulo Coelho

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities.

Harvey Mackay

Similarly, here are a few short quotes to elaborate on that truth.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Lao Tzu

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

I love that sentiment. What can you do to improve the world, and are you going to do it?

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Milton Berle

Also, here are some positive thoughts to start your day about appreciating the present time.

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.

Babe Ruth

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Every day may not be good but there’s something good in every day.

Alice Morse Earle

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Somewhere, someone else is happy with less than you have.


A year from now you may wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb

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Inspirational Quotes to Start the Day at Work

Sometimes we need a little motivation to start our workday off on a positive note. So focus that attention on having a positive morning even around tough people. These positive quotes are a great way to start your day.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Steve Jobs

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life. And the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Steve Jobs

If you’re not doing something that you love, you can expect to be affected by disappointment and negativity.

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.

Dr. Seuss

Here are a couple of positive thoughts to start the day that reminds you to stay away from negative people. It’s a powerful boundary for remaining optimistic.

The less you respond to negative people, the more positive your life will become.


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

Here are a few positive thoughts that focus on a happy mindset.

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

Francesca Reigler

Either you run the day or the day runs you.

Jim Rohn

Also, check out these positive thoughts to start your day about hard work paying off.

Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days—which inevitably create a successful life.

Hal Elrod

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Thomas Jefferson

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

Alexander Graham Bell

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.

Dale Carnegie

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


Funny Quotes to Start the Day

Here are a handful of funny quotes to start your day off on a positive note. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.

Glen Cook

When reality and your dreams collide, typically it’s just your alarm clock going off.

Crystal Woods

Think like a proton. Always positive.


Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.

Billy Burke

The following is one of my favorite positive thoughts to start your day because I totally relate. Do you? Well, I’m not sure how positive it is, but it’s hilarious.

Dracula is a morning person compared to me.

Kim Dallmeier

And yet, somehow, we persevere. Another funny antidote for a good morning is an anonymous quote that all moms can relate to.

I woke up in the morning, lay in my bed waiting until my mom will prepare the breakfast, and suddenly I remember that I’m the mom.


Here are a few more funny positive quotes to start your day with.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

Dalai Lama

When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.

Cathy Guisewite

Final Positive Thoughts to Start Your Day

Firstly, here are a couple of motivational quotes that will inspire your strength. Even in your darkest times please remember that thought times never last.

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne

I’ve learned that no matter what happens. Or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

Maya Angelou

Secondly, here are a couple of quotes to embellish finding that inner strength and perseverance.

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.

David Allen

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lastly, here are a few positive thoughts to start your day that elaborate on replacing negative thoughts with positive alternatives.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

Willie Nelson

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

Zig Zagler

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Dolly Parton

Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? She’s awesome! That concludes this list of positive thoughts to start your day off right and every morning! Are there any inspiring quotes you took away from this post? Please let me know in the comments.

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and Jesus.

13 thoughts on “50 Positive Thoughts to Start Your Day off Right”

  1. You’ve got plenty of useful quotes here, all worthy of saying as a start to the day, or at other times, too. I like that you have different categories of quotes and that there are so many new ones- I know some of the quotes from buddha, for example, but others are brand new to me.

  2. Great list of quotes! I really agree on this quote “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” It takes one thing to set up the pace of our day. Always smile too!

  3. These are such inspiring positive quotes! Starting your day on the right foot can really make an impact on your mindset. I love the Willie Nelson quote especially—”Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results”. So true!!

  4. I love these quotes. I especially love the one by George Eliot, Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne), and Dr. Seuss. These are very good ways to start your day! Thank you for sharing!

  5. The less you respond to negative people, the more positive your life will become. This is really true. if you are constantly around positive people, you are more likely to feel positive about the world and the people around you.

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