Start your morning mindfully—and you’ll feel the benefits all day!

The day ahead of you may contain many different experiences—some good, some bad, some neutral. How you start your day, though, can have a significant impact on how you deal with those experiences.

Starting your day mindfully can help you:

  • Really appreciate the good things in your day and
  • Help you meet the day’s challenges with greater ease.

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Four science-based keys to well-being – and how you can practise them

Four keys to well-being: resilience, positive outlook, focus and generosity

In 2015, Dr Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, spoke at an event called Mindfulness & Well-Being at Work. In his talk, he described what he sees as the four science-based keys to well-being.

The effects of each of these four elements on the neuro-circuits of your brain can be physically measured. These neural circuits all exhibit what scientists call neuro-plasticity. This means that the circuits can be altered. Most importantly for your well-being, they can be strengthened by exercising them.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at these key elements and suggest some practices that can help you increase your own sense of well-being.

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The logic behind practising mindfulness to reduce pain

Mindfulness for pain reduction

Living with long-term pain can seem intolerable. On top of the pain your body is constantly – and loudly – telling you about, your mind can be swamped by fears and uncertainties about the future. What if the pain gets worse? Will I have to live with this pain for the rest of my life? What will it be like living with this pain?

This double layer of physical pain and mental distress can seem overwhelming, but you can take back control of a significant part of what you experience by using mindfulness techniques and practices.

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Let gratitude lift you

There’s a very strong link between mindfulness and gratitude. Choosing to be deeply mindful of the good things in our lives – both small and large – brings a positive focus into our lives.

Gratitude 2The mental health benefits of practising gratitude are outlined in an article published by Harvard Health Publications, at the Harvard Medical School:

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

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Mindfulness – no big mystery…

… simply a practical way of coping with life’s challenges…

… and with scientific evidence for its benefits.

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Think about what you’ve heard so far about ‘mindfulness.’ What images come to mind? A serene, crazily-flexible person sitting cross-legged on a rock with their eyes closed, perhaps? Do you imagine mindfulness as a purely religious practice or believe that it takes years of practice to gain any benefits?

You may or may not be surprised to hear that these are all misconceptions but, even if you already know something about what mindfulness is really about, you might still be surprised at the depth of scientific evidence for the benefits of practising mindfulness. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the practical nature of mindfulness and to some of its scientifically-researched health benefits.

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