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Mindful : August 2016
4 Turn meaning into action What in life really matters to you? Is it family, com- passion, good friends, the environment? Take these values and turn them into verbs. If you value family, make a plan to put phones aside during dinner. If it’s the environment, con- sider volunteering with an organization. 5 Find purpose Getting involved in some- thing outside ourselves has the power to infuse our → “Happiness” is a loaded word: It’s loaded with expectations, hope, yearning, confusion.... You get the idea. What makes happiness feel so elusive usually has more to do with how you relate to the concept than with how you really feel. Here are a few simple adjustments that can help you unleash the happiness within yourself. 1 Be present Awareness is the spring- board from which we can appreciate the world around us. Set reminders in your phone throughout the day to pause and check in with yourself. By stepping into a space of curiosity you will discover an increased ability to notice happiness in everyday life. 2 Harness difficulty As long as you’re alive, challenges will find you. Sometimes you probably even create challenges Don’t Worry, Be Happy for yourself—we all do. Instead of getting down on yourself, try thinking of difficult moments as opportunities to ask your- self: How can I be kinder to myself right now? 3 Get connected Connection is more than an experience—it’s also a skill that we can strengthen with small gestures. Try smiling at a stranger, tell a friend you appreciate them, or tell a loved one how much they mean to you. Create connection in the small moments of life. 11 simple ways to find contentment By Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein how to live a mindful life 26 mindful August 2016 Illustrations by Colleen MacIsaac