Life is busy. As in, “leave the house before sunrise, meetings all day, bad traffic, get home after sunset, make dinner, go to bed, and do it all again tomorrow,” kind of busy. And all this busy-ness can be really stressful. But, in all that chaos one of the most grounding and relaxing things you can possibly do is stop, even for just an instant, and find something, anything, to be grateful for.
Gratitude really can be one of the most centering and grounding things you can do. Taking a moment to focus on an experience, person, or instant of the present day that you are thankful for brings your brain into a better space in two ways. First and foremost, regardless of what kind of mood you had been experiencing prior, a grateful moment can provide a positive boost that can turn the emotional moment in the right direction. Secondly, by finding an aspect of the present day, you bring your focus back to the current timeframe instead of fixating on a project or presentation at work next week, a conversation from yesterday, or any other thoughts that take away from the present.