20 Simple Ways to Be More Mindful Right Now

If you have a minute, you have time to be mindful.

Posted Mar 08, 2016

Source: Shonda Moralis

1. Pause right where you are and take two deep breaths.

2. Look directly into your loved one’s eyes as you talk.

3. Eat a snack with your full awareness—no reading, no screens, no conversation.

4. Gaze out the window and take in the sights.

5. Step outside and take a few deep breaths of fresh air.

6. Pause and notice the sounds around you, both near and far.

7. Move just the slightest bit more slowly and with more awareness.

8. Imagine a time machine has transported you from 1915 to 2015—notice what you typically take for granted.  

9. Consider what you appreciate about someone and tell him.

10. Imagine you live in an underdeveloped country where having your basic human needs met is not a given. 

11. Name five things you are grateful for right now.

12. If any of these are people, let them know you are grateful for them.

13. Drop your shoulders. 

14. Sit up straight.  

15. Stretch.

16. Hug someone and allow her to be the first to let go.

17. Perform one simple random act of kindness.

18. While waiting in line, resist checking your phone and look around.

19. Smile. Make it genuine. What changes in your body, thoughts, and mood? 

20. Smile at someone else. Notice the same.

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