Bad news sells, therefore bad news is what floods social media newsfeeds, television and magazines, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it into your life. Protect yourself from constant exposure to violence and negativity — your mental and emotional state depends upon it. Strive to feed your mind positivity, and learn to control what you allow in.
Do People Want to be Around You?
Positivity attracts positivity, and negativity attracts negativity. A good sign that you’re being mindful is if other people want to be around you. If you’re suddenly surrounded by friends who invite you out to brunch, gatherings or just want to hang out, you’re headed down the right path. Have a strong positive presence, and watch others gravitate towards you — and when they do, reach out to them. Ask them about their day. Ask them what they would like to do. Show others that you care.
It’s important that you respect others and stay aware of their feelings and opinions, especially at work. You likely spend more time around your co-workers than you do around your friends and family. Even though work may be the most stressful part of your life, focus even more so on mindfulness while you’re at the office. Breathe more. Concentrate more. Go outside and get sunlight. Eat a good breakfast and lunch, let your mind wander a little bit and let your creative side run free.
Remember to be mindful and aware of not only others, but yourself. You’re an important part of mindfulness because on the mission to happiness is you. Living in the moment is a huge part of this, so learn to limit your exposure to the past and the future. Feel the sun shine on your face, touch the freshly fallen snow on the ground, and like you’ve heard before — stop and smell the roses.