- The more we adopt this stance the happier we are.
- A mindful approach to exercise both increases the benefits of exercise and also helps us to stick at the exercise regime for longer.
- A mindful approach to relationships leads to greater closeness and relationship satisfaction.
- Mindful eating leads to greater weight loss.
Everyday mindfulness is about maintaining an ‘open, accepting, present focus of attention during day-to-day life.’ There is increasing research suggesting that this stance is good for us:
This paper finds something interesting – being ‘good’ at formal mindfulness meditation doesn’t correlate with being mindful in everyday life.
I think this is very freeing. Although I know that mindfulness meditation is very good for me, I find it hard to find time for sitting meditation in my busy life. Everyday mindfulness means that each moment I can make a decision to be open and present. And it looks like that has some serious benefits.