3 ways to gain energy for your life

We would all rather go though life in an energetic state (rather than dragging through the day), but we often don't do anything about it.  Last night, I realized that I've had more energy and excitement this week than I've had in a long time.  So, I started thinking about what I was doing.

The first 2 are things that we hear all the time.  But we rarely do them.  The 3rd one surprised me.  I didn't realize it would boost me the way it did.    

1. Exercise - I know.  This one is so old school.  But it sticks around, because it works.  I have run 3 times this week, which is the most exercise I've gotten in any one week since I left high school.  I feel more confident and clear-headed and positive after I run.  

A more fun way to get exercise is to find some children and put on pop music and DANCE.  Dance like the children are dancing - arms flailing, jumping up and down, running around the room.  That will get you going in the morning.  The impromptu dance parties we have in our kitchen (with just our little family) are the most fun times we ever have as a family.

2. Go to bed when you are tired - Another revelation.  We are all exhausted at the end of the day, but what do we do?  We stay up an extra hour watching TV.  Then, we are exhausted in the morning.  I once said to a co-worker, "I wish they would invent a pill that would make you feel less tired in the morning."  I stood there for a moment and then felt like an idiot - "Oh yeah.  That's called sleep."  

A few years ago, I realized I was pushing off the coming of morning by watching more and more TV later and later.  Then, I asked myself - "What would make me excited to get up in the morning?"  And I reorganized my life to include more of that.  Now, I go to bed when I'm tired - and that is often 9:00.  No joke.  But I am excited to get up in the morning.

3. Talk to people outside of your normal world - I have been doing research for different projects, so I have been asking different people a lot of questions.  I thought I was just gathering information.  But I feel like I've built new connections, expanded my thinking, and solidified my uniqueness.  We don't all think the same.  That seems obvious.  But we tend to be drawn to people who are like us and then hang out with people who are like us.  We aren't prompted to change or grow because everyone seems to be the same.  But there is so much more out there in the world.

I want to know what you would add to this list.  What gives you energy?