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Express Your Gratitude by Jaylynn Davis

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you do? Most likely, you turn over and check your phone. Let's change that. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing I want you to do is say “thank you”. Thank whoever or whatever you believe in. Thank them for waking you up. Somewhere in this world another person did not get that opportunity. So, thank your creator. Thank them for waking you up, for waking your family up, and for giving you the opportunity to live another day.

I want you to also be grateful for the small things that happen to you throughout the day. This includes the little good morning text that one of your parents might send you. The fact that someone is thinking of you is a gift in and of itself. Don’t take that for granted. Unfortunately, they we will not always be there. Make sure you tell the people you love that you love them while they're still here.

Be grateful for that cup of coffee in the morning. Be grateful for that drive to work. Be grateful for that stressful day. All these things are a gift, even when it doesn’t seem like it. I cannot stress this enough. The problems that you have today are a blessing in disguise. They are building you into the version of yourself that you are meant to be. Embrace it.

Savor that view of the sunset that you take for granted every day. Savor that feeling of laying down in your warm bed on a cold day. Savor those moments when you're surrounded by the people who love you most in this world. Sitting in those moments and being thankful for them will benefit your life tremendously, I promise!

Expressing gratitude for the things that you already have is the recipe to living a happy life. When you realize that you already have everything that you need, you will start to attract the things that you want. It's all a matter of staying present and focusing on the moment. I challenge you to start your day by listing three specific things that you are grateful for. These things can be big or small. Write them out and really put some thought into them. When you acknowledge what you already have, you make room for the things meant to be in your life.

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