10 Simple Mindfulness Hacks to Lower Your Stress & Find More Happiness

“There is nothing a busy man is less busied with than living; there is nothing harder to learn.” — Seneca

For as long as I can remember, I believed that what gave me my edge was a fierce drive to succeed and that I was never satisfied with the status quo.

Are they crazy? How the heck am I supposed to find the time to just sit there? And…there is no way that I could ever stop thinking!

You see, I was one of those people who was constantly on the lookout for what was next. Never experiencing and appreciating what I had in the present moment, because I was always looking for the next goal, idea or place that would increase my status.

Mindfulness as an Operating System

I am happy to say that I was dead wrong about mindfulness.

  1. I’ve worked through my career struggles and left an unsatisfying job for a more fulfilling path
  2. I’ve lost 10 lbs by simply being aware while I am eating
  3. My daily anxiety has dropped 80% (Based on daily tracking)
  4. I moved to a city that brought my family more energy and life
  5. I’ve sold a business and started a new one
  6. I’ve improved my sleep dramatically
  7. And most importantly, I have developed a deeper sense of self-awareness which has provide more depth, happiness, and fulfillment in every day life.

Is mindfulness for you?

“If you believe being overly busy and overextended is evidence of productivity, then you probably believe that creating space to explore, think, and reflect should be kept to a minimum. Yet these very activities are the antidote to the nonessential busyness that infects so many of us.” — Greg Mckeown

Chances are good that it is. However, if you are anything like me, you may still be pretty skeptical about the benefits of mindfulness in your everyday life. Well, the science is in.

It is an awareness, NOT an elimination, of thoughts

When I first heard about mindfulness, I laughed at the idea because I was under the assumption that it required an elimination of thought. However, once I gave it a try, I realized that mindfulness is NOT an elimination of thoughts, it is an act of purposefully being aware of them.

“The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”

The average person has 60,000 thoughts a day, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It is impossible to stop yourself from thinking. So in order to cultivate mindfulness in your life, you do not need to stop thinking, you just need to purposefully become aware of a couple of these thoughts as you go through the day.

10 Ways to Develop a Mindful Operating System

I’m just going to dive in and share my favorite tips for creating a mindful operating system:

To Wrap It Up

In my opinion, we all need to wake the fuck up to the beautiful life we have before us. To take the time to prioritize presence. To be more and do less. Patience, impermanence, gratitude. These should be the pillars of our society.

Go Deeper

If you could develop a deeper level of emotional intelligence and mental resilience, wouldn’t you do it?

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