We often only pay attention to being alive when evil things pass, that's backwards. Appreciate life and living every day for each moment is special and deserves our attention.
Everything is always well, but do we remember to recognize it? Even the picture hanging on the wall is in God's hands, the here and now He created is teaching us something for our good.
Nothing impacts a greater change on ones life than acts of kindness for others. When you focus on another, you lose your sense of 'self' and so allow the Godly soul in you to lift and change you forever towards being a greater and kinder person.