My husband and I began having a devotion each night about five years ago and it's been wonderful to have this special time together. A recent one suggested that you speak these words each morning before starting your day: "This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it." At first it seemed a little strange to say them like that, out loud I mean, but after a couple of days it's became easier.
It's still not a habit so I forget occasionally but when I do remember, it's amazing how it makes me feel. It throws the words out in the universe, out to God, and it becomes a promise of sorts. Because I know I am one who often worries and has been known to anticipate the worst instead of the best, this is a good exercise. It forces me to be positive and really, aren't we better off when we live life to the fullest, give love (we get so much in return,) show that love in all our dealings with one another? What's gained from closing ourselves off, uttering an ugly word to someone, complaining about our woes and just being unpleasant?
It's a new year, a clean slate. What better time to make changes in ourselves for the better. Perhaps this little exercise will spur you on to make 2014 your best year yet. Each day is one that the Lord has made. What better thanks can we give Him but to rejoice and be glad? Try it. Just see what happens.