Be-Happier Tip: be where your feet are

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You have probably heard that it’s a good idea to “stay in the now” or “live in the present moment.” But it’s very easy for our minds to take us on a trip into the past or into the future. And in that case, you are no longer in the “now” but in the “was” or the “might be” — notice I don’t say the future is the “will” because there are far too many variables and it’s unlikely that the worries you might have about tomorrow will come true exactly as you thought.

A quick way to be sure that you are living in the now is to bring your straying thoughts back to where you physically are at any given time. If you are walking your dog or out with the family or friends, then be present for them. Enjoy nature and relax away from your daily tasks, so that you can return to your work refreshed.  If you bring along all your problems and fret over what you should do next and how much work is waiting for you, two things happen:  1) you ruin the present moment because you ignore it and 2) your work is still waiting there at your desk or place of business.  In other words, all that anxiety did absolutely nothing positive toward easing your workload! So why do it?!

When you get in the habit of being where your feet are, you control your own life in a much more relaxed and efficient way. It means that when you have a task in front of you, you put your energy into completing that, without undue anxiety and worry about all the other things you “should” be doing at the same time. We make ourselves so stressed and sick inside with the idea that we can do more than one thing at a time.

So make it a new habit — be where your feet are. And the more you get used to doing this, you will also bloom where you are planted.

your happiness guru,

Evelyn Brooks

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