Friday Fix: The Miracle Question

How to Start Imagining a Positive Future

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 208

There’s more than one way to tackle the same problem–especially when it comes to mental health problems. 

Some therapists focus on problems and all the things that contribute to emotional pain and suffering. The goal is to help people gain insight into their problems so they can create positive changes.

Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-focused therapists focus on solutions only. These therapists don’t explore old childhood wounds and they don’t talk about past mistakes. They keep the conversation about the here and now and the steps someone can take when moving forward.

That’s why a lot of them ask the miracle question. It’s a question that helps people start imagining a more positive future.

When people imagine a positive future, they often start taking helpful action.

Just talking about a positive future can remind people of their inner strength and the resources they can use to make their lives better.

You don’t have to go see a solution-focused therapist to start thinking about a more positive future for yourself. You can answer the miracle question for yourself right now.

On this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I share what the question is and how answering it for yourself might motivate you to create positive changes.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.