Cultivate a deep feeling of appreciation for the fact that you are alive. The Jewish practice of saying the "Modeh Ani" prayer the first moment we are awake, strengthens our awareness of the great gift of life.
Try saying the "Modeh Ani" prayer: "I express my gratitude to You, the King who is alive and always exists, for returning my soul to me, with compassion. Great is Your trustworthiness."
(For a series of probing questions on this topic, see Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Self Knowledge," pp.120-1; and
Siddur with morning prayers)
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