If you're like most people, you wake up to an alarm ringing on your smartphone. Then you probably roll over and check your work email.
That's a dangerous way to start the day, according to a woman who studies happiness for a living.
Reading just one negative email could lead you to report having a bad day hours later, says Michelle Gielan, former national CBS News anchor turned psychology researcher and best-selling author.
"Even if you have one good and one bad [email], the bad always seem more powerful," Gielan says in a recent episode of "The Productivityist Podcast."
So what should you do if you need to check your email or the news in the morning?
Gielan has a research-backed solution that takes just two minutes.