Every day you probably spend hours doing everything you think is necessary for greater success and happiness. Right?

But some days you wonder if the results really are worth all the effort and time and energy you use up.

It’s easy to get frustrated. You’re using all the tips and techniques you’ve learned but it’s still not working for you.

We’ve all read a lot about the morning rituals that the great and successful ones use to start their day, probably well before we’ve even had time to hop out of bed.

And you might even be practicing some of them yourself

So what’s missing?

The secret lies in the things we do before tucking ourselves in for the night.

It’s your evening rituals that are really going to give you a great head start on tomorrow’s happiness.

Here’s a some simple evening rituals that can make major changes in your life.

1. Release the remains of the day

We all have thoughts about what we did, or didn’t do at the end of the day. Maybe some fears linger. Or we just had issues that would be better put to rest.

Focus on what needs to be released, place your hand on your stomach and ask yourself if you’re willing to let it go. You might say, “Am I willing to let this….fear or issue go”…then answer…”Yes” as you breath it out. Ask again “Am I willing to let this go some more” answering yes…whether you’re genuinely willing or not.  You don’t have to be willing for it to work.

Letting go is simply a choice you are making in this moment.

Repeat the questions and answers until you begin to feel lighter. Until you feel a sense of release and peace…and you will.

Maybe the issue will return later.  No matter, repeat again.  You’re creating a sense of well being before the day is done.

2. Make a note of the happy things

Something good happened today. No matter how small.

Make it a practice to find at least 3 things each day that felt good.  And write them down.

Remember we are energy beings and it’s necessary to be responsible for keeping your success energy topped up.

Think of the energy level when you’re sick, or upset, or frustrated as opposed to when you’re cheerful and happy and filled with well being. 

You are wired for success and with each acknowledgement of a success in your day you are practicing vibrating your success energy rather than allowing it to leak away for lack of attention.

Putting your attention on your successes in the evening will bring a boost of happiness to you. And recent studies show that the more we take time to appreciate the good in life, greater happiness follows. Read Gratitude Works by Robert A. Emmons, based on his research on the benefits of gratitude.

3. Use creative imagination

imagineYou have been endowed with an awesome power. The ability to imagine.

In your physical world all that’s available to you is what you see, what you’re aware of, what you’re experiencing.

In the inner, mental world of imagination you are able to see whatever you want.

And as you mentally see it; as you experience a life of success and happiness in your mind, you are supporting the creation of it in the outer world of reality. You are building your reality in your mind.

Facts are always changing and you, with the power of your imagination have the ability to alter the course of the facts of your life.

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth. Napoleon Hill.

4. Planning the next day

Take the time every evening to plan out your next day in your mind.

You have a meeting…imagine the outcome you desire…hear someone say ‘Yes’ to your suggestions. 

Or maybe you’re concerned about the way something is going in your life…imagine the happiest result for everyone. See smiles…feel happiness…enjoy the feeling of success.

And once again write down what you imagined and see how closely you came to it.  Start with something small…each little success you have will build your confidence.  The unlimited opportunities opened to you by the use of your imaginative abilities are endless.

Remember every idea and every creation, first began in someone’s mind.

[tweetthis]This is the time to stop fearing what is going wrong and to imagine what could go right.[/tweetthis]

Final thoughts

Every night before bed take 10 minutes and work on one or all of these techniques…remember the key is to find and use tips that fit your path, your purpose in life. You’re not here to be a carbon copy of anyone else. You’re here to express you in your greatest form and live the most optimal life possible.

End your day with the right rituals and pave the way for happy, successful days, every day.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Yes Elle so important to focus on your wins and record them plus always give thanks The thoughts we take to bed with us can effect our sleep our dreams and how we wake each day xxoo

    • ElleSommer

      Hi Suzie…it’s so easy to forget this in the hectic days that we lead. But the difference it makes in our world to practice at least one evening ritual before falling asleep is phenomenal. I suspect you already know this! 🙂

  2. I know about gratitude, but I’ve never thought about putting these other practices in place. I find these ideas exciting and definitely want to try them out.. Thank you, Elle!

    • ElleSommer

      Hi Sandra…would love to hear how they work out for you. It’s a cumulative practice I think…:-)

  3. I love the idea of making a note of the happy things that happen throughout the day. That would keep anyone on a more positive note. I do like to list a few things that I’m grateful for at the end of a journal entry. That reminds me to appreciate what is good in my life! Thanks Elle for a great post!

    • ElleSommer

      Hi Cathy, do you journal in the morning or at the end of the day? I was wondering if it made a difference to how the next day turned out. 🙂

  4. Joseph Appaloosa

    Another winner, Elle !
    I use a slightly different version of your imagination idea.
    As I am falling asleep, I tell my subconscious (imagination) what it has to manifest while I’m sleeping.
    It seems I can usually come up with three happy outcomes but I do have to admit I sometimes am already asleep after directing my subconscious on just two of them.
    Thank you.
    Write on, Elle !

    • ElleSommer

      Hi Joseph…I like your idea…it’s a great way to create a wonderful tomorrow, since everything we fall asleep in is being ‘cooked’ in our inner world – to be freshly baked for the morning! 🙂

    • ElleSommer

      So glad Sandy…they really work well.

  5. Hi Elle,

    I love your tips! From my experience, meditation always helps with self reflecting and be grateful for all the things I achieved during the day. That can easily put a smile on my face and make me happy. Great article, thank you!


    • Hi Zaria…great points about meditation, self reflection and gratitude. I think anything that takes us away from the distractions of the world always leads us to experience more happiness. Thank you for taking the time to share your wise words with us. 🙂

  6. I love #1 & #2. Elle!

    Growing up with parents who were pessimists, it rubbed off on me!

    Though being a pessimist does have its positives, it does make being happy a bit more difficult. At least based on my experience.

    Both #1 & #2 are things I’ve had to struggle with and am working on to remedy, especially letting go.

    • Hello Rose…we’re all a work in progress aren’t we. And when we make progress in one area, we’ll discover that the adventure of life determines that we make progress in another. It’s definitely a wonderful life. 🙂

  7. Hi Elle, what a beautiful post. I usually use my creative imagination to calm my day and start focusing on my goals, i find it very helpful, the moment i wake up the next morning, i feel totally motivated. Thanks so much for sharing another wonderful post. 🙂

    • Hi Noah…what a lovely start to the day you must have..putting yourself in the vibration of success and happiness as you do. I so appreciate you sharing your tips…we can all encourage and inspire each other. 🙂

  8. First of all I am giving you lots of greetings because your 4 evening rituals has changed my life. Before following your rituals I was always in disappointment and thinking what should to do for rescuing. Finally you helped me.

    • Hi Kate…welcome. I’m truly happy that these 4 rituals have helped you. I use them…always. They support me in living the life I want. 🙂

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