Today wasn’t meant to be something to be endured until tomorrow comes. Today holds an undeniable right to be thrilling, exhilarating, and inspiring. And so it can be – once you choose to embrace it. So, why postpone the joy for an unpromised tomorrow? Be happy now! Just as we did when we were children.
Tomorrow Is Too Late
“Happiness doesn’t come from tomorrow, it comes from today. Your life is what’s happening right now.” – Stephen M. Pollan.
The poet Alastair Reid wrote: “The principal difference between childhood and the stages of life into which it invariably dissolves is that as children we occupy a limitless present.”
So, here’s how we can stop to look around on this day, and spot our pockets of happiness:
- Happiness is in living in the now. Tomorrow will be too late. Our happiness is our own responsibility; be happy today.
- See the wonder in today. We fail to see the wonders of today, as we busily plan about a fulfilling future life.
- The present isn’t just a time. Instead, it is an experience – of living. Live today in fullness.
- Make a written list – of the things you’re grateful for today: the ones you love, the places you enjoy, the things you relish.
- Even if you’re sure that the tomorrow will take away all your troubles, let yourself be a little happier today.
Finding Happiness Today
There is science behind it — and it is called Mindfulness. It has come down to us from the monks, but has been thoroughly tested in the laboratories using MRI, fMRI and PET scans of the brain. Mindfulness – that is, living in the present moment while non-judgmentally observing the events unfold – reduces how much people focus on the past and future, and this psychological shift leads to less negative emotion.
In 2010, Hoffman et al. conducted a meta-analysis of 39 studies that explored the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). They concluded that mindfulness-based therapy may be useful in altering affective and cognitive processes that underlie multiple clinical issues. Those findings are consistent with evidence that mindfulness meditation increases positive affect, and decreases anxiety and negative affect.
Mindfulness also activates the brain region associated with more adaptive responses to stressful or negative situations (Cahn & Polich, 2006; Davidson et al., 2003). Activation of this region corresponds with faster recovery to baseline after being negatively provoked Davidson, 2000; Davidson, Jackson, & Kalin, 2000).
Related Post: Mindfulness in 7 Steps.
Here is short video introducing a basic understanding of mindfulness, by Mellissa OBrien.
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