It’s my favorite moment of the day – that moment of waking!   The bedding well shaped into a warm cocoon, awareness gently coming back to me with that first deep breath and a luxurious stretch.   Ever since I spent a winter without heat in heart of the Canadian Prairie, I’ve enjoyed the sound of central heating kicking in as I wake.   It reminds me of all I have.   I know when I have food in the fridge, a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in I am wealthier than three-quarters of the planet.  It is in this moment of first waking that I always stop to rest in the feeling of deep appreciation for all that I have.  What a beautiful way to start the day!

If you want to bring more gratitude into your life this Christmas, try the following.  For one day, draw your attention to every simply luxury you have in your life.  When you wake up, feel the decadence of sleeping in a bed in a warm room.  Note the convenience of fresh clean water as your brush your teeth and feel the luxury of hot water as you stand in your morning shower.  Every time you turn on a light switch or burner on the stove, give thought to the power at your fingertips.  When you open your wallet, reflect on what it means to live in the first world.  Each time, give yourself a moment to feel gratitude.

Teresa de Grosbois is an international Law of Attraction speaker and childrens author.  Pick up her book, The Presents’ Presents at