There are mornings when you just really don’t want to get out of bed. You just want this one day off. But getting up and going to work, for example, can have one benefit in particular: it can help you prove to yourself that you are capable of self-discipline, that you have the capacity to keep moving, even when you don’t want to. And if you’re capable of that, you’re capable of achieving goals. That means that your dreams have a chance of coming true, which means that it’s realistic to strive for happiness. And so you can plan.
When you act on the desire to stay in bed, you’re giving into your fear. You’re focusing on everything in the world that you don’t want, so you don’t want to bother. But you know that you don’t want to stay in bed either, so neither decision is really desirable.
When you decide to do anything to keep moving, you’re forced to focus on something. With your attention pulled in one direction, you realize that this is better than wallowing in your misery, and sometimes you might even realize that [insert activity here] would be even more fun. You’ve begun to identify a goal.
When you focus on what you don’t want, you get more of that. You need to rewire your train of thought into positive, vision-oriented thinking. You dream a little bit, you act a little bit, and you inch towards a better life — it’s how it works. Getting out of bed won’t guarantee that you’ll have fun, but focusing on moving, even if that means watching your feet as you walk around the block, is progress towards progress — you’ve begun to rewire your brain to favor activity. One step away from depression, one step towards happiness.