The Vampire Diaries star makes a conscious effort to be appreciative of his life


So when did Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder last experience a moment of sheer happiness?

The actor, who tied the knot with actress Nikki Reed last April in Malibu insists he’s most happy “every single morning I wake up.

“Every single day. Look who I get to wake up with,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “We’re under kitties and dogs, and it’s just pure bliss.”

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Surrounded by a menagerie of pets at home – including cats, dogs and horses –, Somerhalder just celebrated his 37th birthday in December and Reed, 27, posted a romantic social media message to her husband writing: “You are my every dream brought to life Here is to the next 65 years together, holding hands, strolling through the woods, still learning, still listening. Happy happy birthday…I love you.”

No doubt the sentiment wasn’t lost on Somerhalder. “It has to be a conscious effort to wake up and recognize all the beauty in our lives,” he says. “I’m grateful.”