Video: Take a Quiz — How Mindful Are You?

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed upfor the challenge — last month’s focus was Money. Last week’s resolution was to Spend out. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This month’s theme is Mindfulness. Mindfulness can bring many benefits. It brings clarity and vividness to present experience. It may help people end unhealthy habits and patterns. It can enhance a sense of well-being and calm troubled spirits. The more I think about happiness, the more importance I attribute to mindfulness.

Which is a bit unfortunate, but I am not very mindful. I’m working hard on this.

This week’s resolution, then, is actually a quiz. How mindful are you? It’s worth thinking about.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Quiz: How mindful are you? I’m not very.
In which I realize that I’m having trouble staying “mindful.”
Asking yourself whether you’re happy — good idea, or not?

If you’re new, here’s information on the 2010 Happiness Challenge (or watch the intro video). It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For more ideas, check out the Happiness Project site on Woman’s Day.

* A happiness challenge that many people face is worrying about their weight. I met the blogger of Losing Weight in the City, who writes about trying to live a healthier, happier life. If this is an issue for you, you’ll find a lot of great material there.

* Shameless plug: Mothers’ Day is May 9 — please consider giving the gift of The Happiness Project to the mothers in your life! Remember that old saying: “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” I’ve noticed that many husbands seem to buy the book with another old saying in mind: “Happy wife, happy life.”

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  • Mary Elizabeth

    I am working on mindfulness in my life right now. I am always thinking backwards or forwards, usually negatively…I know I am missing the important moments in my life and in my children’s life by doing this. Thank you for the extra boost!

  • Being in the moment is so difficult, yet very rewarding. I think we’re afraid to live in the now, to really process the intensity of our emotional and physical feelings. I’ve found if I have a severe case of nerves over a project, or say my back is killing me from stress, I eventually zero in directly on it. It’s scary at first, but always dissipates and dissolves. It needs to be dealt with in the now.

    So does happiness and joy. Who really takes the time to fully embrace that and etch it into our minds? It’s so easy to miss if you’re constantly thinking forward or backward.

    • LivewithFlair

      Well said. I think fear keeps me from being “in the moment.” I love what you said about things dissipating and dissolving. I think that’s true about depression. I read that depression is “the inability to imagine a future.” Well then, stop trying to imagine the future and stay in the moment, right?! Thanks for your comment.

  • Michael Yanakiev

    Being mindful and aware is so important ! Most people are sleeping and dreaming,with their eyes open. Awareness in here and now, is a state of mind worth pursuing although very difficult to reach. Krishnamurti can be
    extremely useful in teaching awareness..at least most of his books are. I can’t think of someone better in all aspects of life.

  • LivewithFlair

    Mindfulness is changing my whole attitude! I’ve been trying to wake up and find my “daily flair” for 44 days straight. When I make it to 100, I’m going to celebrate! Mindfulness has helped me find the beauty, meaning, and joy in dark days. http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/

  • LivewithFlair

    I laughed about this! I know what you mean! Yesterday I was driving to the gym and I completely zoned out, drove to the grocery store instead, and then snapped out of it.

  • m65

    Being in the moment is so difficult, yet very rewarding. I think we’re afraid to live in the now, to really process the intensity of our emotional and physical feelings. I’ve found if I have a severe case of nerves over a project, or say my back is killing me from stress, I eventually zero in directly on it. It’s scary at first, but always dissipates and dissolves. It needs to be dealt with in the now.

    So does happiness and joy. Who really takes the time to fully embrace that and etch it into our minds? It’s so easy to miss if you’re constantly thinking forward or backward.

    Edwin
    kamagra

  • Venerisrex

    How courteous are you? I’m deaf and wish I could hear this quiz on mindfulness.