Sometimes the best thing you can do is take a look at your situation – with all of its craziness and unpredictability and everything that comes along with that – and just take ten minutes to focus on what you’re grateful for.
To be clear, I don’t think this is a quick or automatic fix for anything:
I don’t think it will fix a rough situation or clarify a complicated relationship or necessarily make any tangible changes at all.
But what I know for sure – what it will do – is force you, even if just for a few minutes, to focus on the good and make your mind live there.
Similar to meditation, where you insist over and over again to calm your thoughts, an intentional gratitude practice can make a difference. Even a ten minute routine where you refocus your brain as many times as you need to can allow yourself to go back to gratitude can make a difference.
Reframing is real and has the power to effect you in a serious way if you remember to practice it.
It won’t change your circumstances, it might not even change your general mood or state of mind, but it will give you ten minutes of positivity and perspective in your day.
And sometimes, frankly, that’s enough.