Actively cultivating gratitude is a simple practice with a lot of power. A regular practice of reflecting on people, circumstances and things we're grateful for has a tendency to shift our focus away from what is not going so well to that which is. This not only changes our mind state in the moment, research, like in this article from the Greater Good Institute, indicates it has lasting effects for the good.
Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances, if you can take a moment to something you can be thankful for, I guarantee it will shift your experience.
JoAnn Saccato, MA is a mindfulness teacher, author, life coach, educator, and consultant in Northern California. She is author of Companioning the Sacred Journey and Mindful and Intentional Living: A Path to Peace, Clarity and Freedom