25 gorgeous sunrises to remind you just how beautiful this planet really is.
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1. Rise and shine!

Durban, South Africa. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.


2. It's a great day to be alive.

Something tells me these Floridians don't need reminding though.


Miami Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

3. Whether you're waking up under swaying palm trees...

Hello, Honolulu.

Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images.

4. Or somewhere a bit chillier...

Hallo, Germany.

Brocken, Germany. Photo by Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images.

5. It's pretty much official: There's nothing quite like rising with the sun.

Sydney, Australia. Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images.

... le sigh ...

6. In Australia, setting an early alarm can mean watching a wave of pinks and purples dwarf even the largest of Earth's rocks.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Australia. Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images.

Seriously — Ayers Rock is huge!

7. In London, it can mean enjoying the calm before the nine-to-five storm.

London, U.K. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

London rush hours are not messing around.

8. And in Paris, early birds rise with the sun and hit the ground running...

Paris, France. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images.

9. ... or (in India) hit the ground stretching.

If that's more your style, of course.

Varanasi, India. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images.

10. The majesty of a beautiful sunrise probably isn't news to folks in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images.

11. Because, well ... Rio might just take the cake, sunrise-wise.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images.

12. Just ask these Brazilians.

They took an early swim on Jan. 1 to catch the first rays of 2016.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mario Tama/AFP/Getty Images.

13. Rising with the sun can be a great thing for you — mind, body, and soul.

Metz, France. Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images.

14. There are many positive benefits to mediating first thing in the morning.

Warrnambool, Australia. Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images.

(You may not even need (as much) coffee to feel energized if you stick with it!)

15. It can put you in the best mood to start your day.

Jiangxi Province, China. Photo by Stephen Shaver/AFP/Getty Images.

16. It can make you more creative.

Port of Piraeus, Greece. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images.

17. And it's even been known to help people regulate their metabolism too.

Ely, U.K. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Because the sun is one powerful force of nature.

18. But here's the thing.

Singapore. Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images.

19. Even if early mornings just aren't for you...

Wiltshire, U.K. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images.

20. That's totally fine.

Sydney, Australia. Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.

Seriously — science says it's A-OK if you're the late-sleeping type.

21. Because, thankfully, images like this come pretty darn close to capturing the magic on camera.

Sausalito, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

22. Although, some might argue a photo just can't do a sunrise justice...

Bagan, Myanmar. Photo by Francois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images.

23. ... even if a photo is worth a thousand words.

Zeschdorf, Germany. Photo by Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images.

24. Don't be afraid to set those alarms a bit earlier tomorrow morning and wake up with our closest star.

Pacific Ocean. Photo by Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images.

25. Because each and every sunrise on the horizon will be worth it.

Guaranteed.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images.



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