Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Research shows that when we treat others with kindness, we contribute to creating a social norm of collaboration, cooperation, and generosity that can ripple out into our communities and workplaces. You might offer to drive someone to a meeting, or pick something up at the store. You might call them just to say hello. What arises for you when you consider helping someone else? 💙 🎨 Artwork by Mindful's associate art director Paige Sawler.
Follow this 11-minute meditation to uncover the attributes that bring the most meaning to your life. Connect with what's meaningful to you, set intentions for your future, define your purpose, and embrace the ups and downs of the journey to living in alignment with your heart work.
A Self-Care Plan is an intervention tool that keeps you from being completely sucked into the vortex, saving you when you find yourself standing on the precipice gazing into the dark abyss. It’s a fail-safe, created by you, and filled with your favorite self-care activities, important reminders, and ways to activate your self-care community—even virtually.
To connect more deeply with others, we must face the one person that we keep on the shortest leash: ourselves. We often reject other people’s care or attention when we believe we don’t deserve it—but there’s nothing special you must do to deserve love. As Sharon Salzberg reminds us, it is simply because you exist. Follow this fifteen-minute guided meditation to open your heart toward giving and receiving love.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
“To do mental health work, you have to go to where the people are; you can’t wait for them to come to intimidating places far from home, run by people who appear to be judging them.” Editor-in-Chief Barry Boyce visits the Centre for Mindful Studies in Toronto where frontline workers train clients in mindfulness.
For the International Day of Happiness, scientists share mindfulness practices that help them feel more connected, grateful, and satisfied. "I literally learned on the go: While biking to work, I started playing with offering kindness to drivers that honked at me, and found that when I got to the hospital I was peaceful and happy instead of angry at 'those drivers.' Life-changing practice," says Judson Brewer, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.