My mother encouraged me to look in the mirror and say I am's or affirmations every morning before I went to school. I am not sure if it was the mantras or digging deep and working diligently to be a better student, but it worked. There were some flash backs as I watched Carolyn Burnham, in American Beauty, recite her mantra over and over when preparing for an open house.
Dina Overland wrote about two things to do in the shower to make us happier. Take a look as the story here. Maybe it will help someone out there that needs it. The world can always be a better place. Let's start with ourselves.