Living well isn’t about having more. It’s about being present in your life right now, being cognizant of how your thoughts affect you and your actions affect others around you. There are lots of articles out there the moment preaching about practicing mindfulness. So what does that really mean to you? Being mindful is actually about appreciating that moment you are being present in and for everything it is. Constantly thinking about the past or worrying about what’s going to happen next distracts from the now.

Try to listen more to others, listening can take practice, most of us like to interject our own opinions along the way. Don’t interrupt, listen till the person is finished speaking, and look at their eyes and take notice & consider their body language. Improving your listening skills will make your interactions more meaningful.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, is the saying…. and it’s true. Instead of getting upset when plans don’t go your way, remind yourself to go with the flow. Envisioning the outcome of project, day out or even a relationship doesn’t mean it can’t change and evolve in another direction.

Have you ever received a compliment from a co-worker, friend or even a stranger that absolutely made your day? Be that person for someone else, it feels just as good to give a compliment as it does to receive one.

Be empathetic to others by always trying to put yourself in other persons position. It’s very easy to get frustrated or angry with others but remember we have all had a bad day or are super stressed out about something that is happening in our private life. Sometimes a smile and kind word from you can make all the difference.

Pay it forward and make a conscious effort to do something nice for somebody else as often as you can. I always think of this as more of a physical act. Which means you should absolutely pay for the coffee of the person in line behind you next time and return the shopping cart to the rack for the elderly shopper or heavily pregnant woman.

Lastly, I have to add this……put down your phone. We need to stop missing the human interactions that build strong personal and loving relationships by always having our heads down staring at our phone screens. Spending quality time with loved ones, well actually anyone for that matter, is far more important.