It would be fair to say happiness is a state of mind. Something we intentionally seek and practice to maintain. Therefore, being mindful and positive could be methods to achieve the goal of happiness.
So, the question really is, how do we apply mindfulness and positivity to reach the level of happiness we desire?
What is Mindfulness?
Before going any further, we must define mindfulness. We can’t really apply a technique we can’t explain, now can we?
A common description of mindfulness is being present, in any given moment, without judgment. That doesn’t really clear anything up, nor does it seem doable. Humans are a judgmental brood, particularly critical of self, but often pointing out the flaws in others. And not necessarily to be mean or catty, but to rate ones’ own progress and know what to steer clear of based on past events.
A more applicable definition of mindfulness is:
Slowing down and observing the present moment with intention and purpose.
We take a single moment in time and utilize our senses, environment and feelings to assess the situation. We don’t persecute ourselves for emotions; we allow them to be felt, and then move on.
For instance, mindful eating would include tasting every flavour, savouring every bite, delighting in the aroma, and chewing thoroughly before swallowing and providing nourishment to our body.
This technique can be applied to virtually every aspect of our lives. Being mindful of our decisions and way of living really causes one to think deeply before reacting. Mindfulness saves face, especially in high-stress situations.
How Does Being Mindful and Positive Enhance Happiness?
There are many benefits of being mindful and positive, and pretty much all of them promote an increased level of happiness both directly and indirectly. Take a glance at the following list and decide for yourself if it’s worth a shot for a happier life.
” Establishes greater focus and attention levels
” Decreases stress, anxiety and tension
” Increases creativity
” Promotes a balanced life
” Enhances a deeper connection to self
” Strengthens personal relationships
” Boosts performance levels at work and play
” Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
” Augments mental and physical well-being
” Acts as a buffer against anxiety and depression
” Magnifies our working memory
” Enables clear thinking
” Diminishes emotional triggers
Quite a list, right? There’s really no drawback to experiencing mindful practices and incorporating this into our daily lives.
Now let’s look at some of the advantages of a positive attitude:
” Strengthens confidence levels
” Builds self-esteem
” Energizes our body and mind
” Gives peace of mind
” Enables more pleasant interactions in social situations
” Deepens relationships
” Fosters quality sleep
” Stimulates our overall sense of purpose
Couple mindfulness with a positive attitude and you’ve got a perfect recipe for increased happiness.
Applying Mindfulness & Positivity in Real Life
It all looks good in black and white, but how do you actually put these strategies to good use? People often get intimated by mindful practices thinking they are too time-consuming or take a step back because it seems like hocus pocus, too gimmicky.
Nothing worthwhile is really a piece of cake, and a mindful concept is no exception. You will need to pay attention (see that, you were just thinking mindfully and probably didn’t even realize it), and if you really want to reap the many benefits for happier life, it can’t just be a one-and-done experience.
Start small and work your way up to the big stuff. There’s nothing to fear, unless you don’t like being happy.
Here are some simple examples on incorporating mindfulness into everyday life:
- 1-minute mindful breathing – focus only on your breathing for one full minute. If your mind starts wandering off, gently pull it back in and direct your focus again to breathing in, breathing out.
Feel the air as it enters your lungs. Notice how the air smells and how it feels as your chest rises, slowly, with each breath. Take note of any tension loosening up in your shoulders or neck.
- Take a mindful walk – Get outside and walk around the block or on a nature trail. Place your focus on your surroundings; the couple holding hands in the distance, the birds chirping in the trees, the rustling of the leaves, the feel of crisp air as it touches your face, the heat of the sunshine kissing your skin. Take it all in and enjoy every step.
- Mindful chores – If laundry is your most undesired chore, take a different approach and try it mindfully. As you are folding the clothes, focus on the smell of the clean clothes, the warmth of the clothes as they come out of the dryer, the way you feel as the piles of once crumpled clothes are now neatly folded and hung up, ready for use. You can turn any chore into a mindful exercise.
When you take baby steps with mindfulness it doesn’t seem nearly as challenging or cumbersome. It’s all about perception, much like a positive attitude. As you continue your journey with mindfulness and positivity, it becomes habit.
You’ll prefer utilizing the strategies over numbly fumbling through the day because positivity promotes more positivity. In a manner of speaking, it’s contagious. Which is the beauty of the entire process!