Rise in the morning and feel thankful. Practicing daily gratitude has been something I have tried for the past 12 months. Concentrated thankfulness. The concept leaps easily off the pages of numerous books and social network graphics, but the daily practice of waking in the morning and feeling thankful (not just saying it) is difficult.
It is difficult when there is nothing more you want to do than to pull the curtains tighter shut and sink deeper under the bed covers. When you feel that feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach at the prospect of what the next 16 hours is going to throw at you. That acid feeling you know is toxic and you try so hard to ignore it, override it with feeling positive, thankful and happy. But those feelings are either fleeting or too weak.
There is nothing I want more than to rise in the morning and feel thankful for all the blessings I have right now.