“Our brains love routine, and the less work your brain has to do, the happier it will be,” says Colleen D. Cira, PsyD, founder and executive director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health in Chicago. “Routines are also a great way to conserve energy for more complicated parts of the day and may give you some alone time.” Even better? You have more control over your attitude for the day, she adds. Tap into that extra-skip-in-your-step feeling by adopting a morning ritual–an activity or habit (preferably a healthy one) that puts you in a good mood and that you look forward to. For instance, you might brew a really good cup of tea, go to your favorite exercise class, green your commute by biking to work, or meditate. With something pleasant built into your morning schedule, you’ll likely feel a little less dread and a little more positivity when the Monday alarm buzzes.