The New Year is a perfect time for reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future. So many of us make resolutions for self-improvement and happiness: exercise more, drink less, sleep more, stress less. Most of these goals fade into the background once the holiday enthusiasm wears off. We slip back into automatic routines and habits we swore to change and rarely notice we’re doing it. What if this year was different? What if this year you resolved to be more mindful?
Science has shown the many benefits of mindfulness – improved well-being, better mental and physical health, less stress and increased happiness. Over the past few years, the ancient practice of mindfulness has enjoyed a renaissance; you can find stories and articles in the news, magazine, and television extolling the virtues of mindfulness. But what exactly is mindfulness?