Hello SOTGC community,
How many of you have a routine that involves coffee? Whether it’s that you wake up, turn on that automatic coffee machine and your eyes don’t fully open until you’ve had your first sip. Or it’s that on your way to work, you stop by the same coffee shop to grab your favorite cup of java (for those of you that take 3 minutes to order your coffee…it’s OK…we love you too) and then gleefully drink it as you head into work.
I sure have my routine. Each morning I wake up, check my phone for emails, texts, or calls that came in during the night, and I grab a hot cup of black coffee. I usually spend my first 30 minutes of the morning responding to or sending out emails and drinking this amazing cup of joy. On the weekends, I grab my coffee…sit on my couch…and watch through my walls (they are made of glass) as the planes come in for landing at the San Diego airport.
Did you know that over 50% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee and that over 60% of this coffee consumption happens during breakfast? Talk about ingrained traditions, 60% of coffee drinkers say they need it to start their day and over 50% say that a cup of coffee makes them feel “more like themselves.”
What is it about this hot cup of water, brewed in some beans, that makes us smile and gives us that “fresh kick of the day?” It can’t just be the caffeine…since that can be found in green tea (healthier for you) and soda (horrible for you). I think what it comes down to, is that we each have our happy little traditions that, though they seem inconsequential to some people, help brighten our morning, help get us going for the long day to come, and just make us feel good!
So, what’s your happy “little vice?” Is it coffee? Is it a croissant from the coffee shop as you opt out of coffee and grab a chai latte? I think we as Americans don’t celebrate and acknowledge traditions enough. And though coffee has nothing to do with religious ties…it still adds that happiness and spark to our very busy and stressful lives…so why not celebrate it? 🙂