How to live mindfully happy today

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We are all guilty of spending too much of our time and mental energy prioritizing the future. Our mind and our thoughts tend to gravitate more towards thinking, what is coming up next?
Planning and trying to predict what problems we might confront in the future continually is an energy drainer.

We tend not to value our mental energy as much as our physical energy. Our brain and our thinking use most of the energy that our bodies produce. Our mental processes also require energy and that we pay attention to how we spend our thinking time.

Our mental energy can get drained quicker if we get stuck in worries, fears, and stress frequently. On the other hand, if we spend more time in mindfulness practices, not only we don’t drain our energy resource, we restore them. Mindfulness and cultivating a mind that stays in the present moment are valuable tools for happiness and vitality.

The more we connect with mindfulness pillars like compassion, love, kindness, and gratitude, the more alive, positive, and happy we will feel about our lives.

If you want to profoundly influence your happiness, and build long term resources to sustain a happy life, pay attention to your mindfulness.

Savor your positive experiences every day.

Do not let goodness pass you by without acknowledging it. Savor your food, your water, your house, your relationships, your money, your time, and everything else. Take time to focus on all the things that are working for you today.

Engage with people with kindness and compassion.

Invest time in creating positive relationships with those around you. If you speak or act, do it with kind words. At times that you do not feel compassion and judgments about others arise, take a pause. Let go of judgments before you act. If you can’t let go, chose to be quiet, and do not react. It’s easier to let go of situations if you stay present and forget about the past or future.

Give love and affection whenever there is a chance.

Once you begin putting more emphasis on increasing attachment, you will find more opportunities and moments to be loving. Love is about words, hugs, kisses, and acts that show how you care. Extend appreciation to those close to you and any living thing around you. Whenever you feel bored instead of reaching for something to distract you, reach for a hand or a face. Hug or kiss somebody. Send a loving and caring message to someone and let them know you are there.

One quote

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Albert Einstein

One question

How are you going to widen your circle of love, kindness, and gratitude in your life?

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