How to Use Mindfulness to Increase Happiness!
Mindfulness can mean a great many things depending on who you ask. Mindfulness is a tool and like any tool, you can used it in numerous ways. It is a method for increasing happiness in your everyday life.
Specifically, you can use mindfulness to change what you focus on and to change the way you think. Too often we don’t pay attention to what’s going on inside your mind and that makes us victims of our emotions. You could be in a beautiful place doing fun things with friends, only to find yourself thinking about work and getting stressed – not actually enjoying the happiness of the situation you are in.
Likewise, you could have everything you could possibly want in life and yet not have happiness. It all comes down to what you choose to focus on.
This is where you can use mindfulness, among other things, as a brilliant tool. It will increase your happiness by making you more at ease with your life.
Happiness and the Gratitude Attitude.
Being mindful and focusing on the good in your life is known as the ‘Gratitude Attitude’. All that effectively means, is that you’re putting yourself in a state of mind where you’re focusing on the things that you are grateful for and that bring you happiness. One very easy way to do this is simply to take a time out at the end of each day to write down those things that brought you happiness and to reflect on them.
Try to end every day by writing down three things that brought you happiness and that you are thankful for. Reflect on them and where possible, try to find three different things each day to avoid repetition.
Sometimes these will be obvious things: like your health, like the people you love and like the fact that you have access to food. Focusing on the people you love is a great way to become more grateful to those people and this can end up actually improving your relationship with them.
But at the same time, you’re also going to think about those smaller silly things. Maybe you’re grateful for the delicious cereal you’ll have tomorrow? Maybe you’re grateful for the fact that there’s a new film coming out that you’re very excited about? These are all legitimate things!
Now try to carry this over into your daily life. Each time you think of something you don’t have, or that isn’t the way you want it, try to think as well about the things you’re grateful for and the good things you do have. Don’t have that big flat screen TV? Well just be grateful you have a computer that allows you to watch films and TV on demand.
Language and Happiness
You should also try and think about language and the way you talk. Language can have a big impact on your gratitude as well as the way other people think about you. For example, reducing the amount that you complain is something that is very worthwhile. The next time you find yourself saying anything negative, try and follow it up with a positive point that counteracts it. You’ll feel happier and people will think of you as a more positive person. People will want to spend more time with you. We all unconsciously seek out positive and uplifting people in our daily lives.