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Mindfulness and Happiness presentation [13 Jan 2016]


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A copy of the mindfulness and happiness presentation I gave last Wednesday evening in Wellington, NZ.

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Mindfulness and Happiness presentation [13 Jan 2016]

  1. 1. S Mindfulness and Happiness Martin Giles | Kerene Strochnetter | Wendy Weber 1
  2. 2. Today S What is happiness? S What is mindfulness? S What’s the link? S Why be mindful everywhere? S A ‘taster’ exercise S Wrap-up… 2
  3. 3. What is happy for you? S Close your eyes and think about a time when you felt happiness S Turn to the person next to you and describe what that happy feeling feels like for you – one minute each S Share with the room 3
  4. 4. Now here’s a big question… S If everything in your life – house, job, weight, partner, family, income, Wellington weather etc – stayed exactly the same as it is now, could you be happier than you are right now? 4
  5. 5. So what is mindfulness? S Giving your full attention to what’s happening right now S Being aware of your thoughts and emotions S Able to choose where to direct your attention S Able to respond (rather than react) to what is happening 5
  6. 6. What goes on in your head? S Around 50,000 thoughts a day S Mostly same as yesterday S 90% unconscious S Mostly negative & self-critical S Only 52% of thoughts we are aware of are on task 6
  7. 7. Why does your mind wander? 7 S Your brain has a built-in desire for stimulation S Dopamine is released to maintain a feel good state S Modern life feeds your distractible monkey mind steroids
  8. 8. Why practice mindfulness? 8 Mind - FULL (default) Mindfulness S Monkey mind vs Mastery of the mind S Future / Past thinking vs Present moment focus S Autopilot vs Conscious attention S Multitasking vs Mono-tasking S Stress reaction vs Considered response
  9. 9. Mindfulness creates a space... Mind full Mindful 9
  10. 10. The myth of work-life balance 10
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  12. 12. Disengaged vs unattached S Not about finding peace by switching off 12
  13. 13. Take a mindful pause... 13
  14. 14. Happiness tips S The bad news is there aren’t any. Sorry. S Practicing mindfulness gives you the ability, tools, the space and understanding to create a happy life. S More bad news – you have no excuses, it’s all up to you  14
  15. 15. Mindfulness tips S Practice paying attention to what you’re doing S Move through your day one step (job) at a time S Avoid multitasking S Take proper breaks – get up - move around S Stop and take a few breaths between activities S Practice the mini pause (or go for 60 seconds) S Doodling / writing 15
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