Every person needs a bit of peace and clarity in their life. It’s a simple fact. But even though it rings true, calmness is hard to reach. Life is getting busier by the day and distractions are everywhere. We seem to always be running on autopilot – we do things without really being there: we’re either stuck in the past or imagining the future. It causes stress and anxiety.

While we can’t have a completely serene life – it’s not in our human nature – we can have occasional peace and clarity by practicing mindfulness.  If you practice often enough, your brain will start to work differently and deal with stress in a much more effective way than before.

Here are some of the most positive techniques of practicing mindfulness you could use to reach peace and happiness.

Look For Beautiful Things Around You

One of the most popular mindfulness practices is actually tuning in to see all of the beauty around you. Just think about it – how many times do you walk by a park, or a big tree or something else without really noticing it. Because you rush all the time, you miss priceless moments for your mind.

Instead of mindlessly walking past every beautiful scene in your life, you should try stopping for a moment and being completely aware of how wonderful and valuable it is. You don’t have to sit and stare at a tree whole day, but a minute or two of being completely in tune with what’s in front of you could change your mindset and make you happier in the long run.

Meditate or Practice Micro-Mindfulness

Some experts recommend formally practicing meditation in a studio or a retreat because it can accelerate your development as a mindful person and teach you some valuable lessons.

“It could really be a great opportunity for someone looking for assistance and advice on meditation and mindfulness so they would know how to handle it once they go out into the real world”, – explains Dawn Colombo, a Personal Development blogger at Academized.

However, don’t believe the common misconception that you need a class in a professional studio for meditation to work. You can do it on your own. This is what micro-mindfulness means – giving yourself a few minutes throughout the day to just be present. It could be drinking coffee, walking briefly, even quietly sitting in the bathroom or washing dishes. Just feel every moment and every emotion – accept it without judgment or wondering why.

Some of the best meditation tools are:

Practice Gratefulness

Gratefulness is one of the best way to be mindful. We often ponder on what role some people play in our lives or which events are crucial. But in order to be mindful, you should state what you are grateful for every day – big or small as it may be.

Do Yoga

Yoga is certainly one of the hardest techniques to reach mindfulness but also one of the most effective. Practice yoga with some of these resources:

  • Yoga International– This website can help you learn the basics as well as the more complex parts of doing yoga.
  • Pocket Yoga/ Yoga.com– These two are iPhone and Android apps which can improve your current yoga knowledge and offer information on how to include yoga in your everyday life.

Be Mindful in Your Autopilot Activities

Instead of just doing things, try to be aware of what you are doing. For instance, when washing dishes, you should try to be in the moment and not wander off like you usually do. Be aware of what you are doing. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings.

Write Regularly

Writing down what you think and how you feel has always been a powerful ally to mindfulness. People all over the world confirm its value and keep writing down their thoughts. This is called the practice of free writing and it can help you be more present in the moment.

Find Out What Works For You

One of the best techniques to powerful mindfulness is understanding what works for you be it meditating in a class or doing yoga or something else entirely. Find the technique that you like and watch your life transform.

Find Your Own Path To Happiness

Essentially, being mindful can help you find peace, clarity and a sense of direction in your life. These techniques can truly be effective if you choose the one that works for your lifestyle. Hopefully, you’ll find your own mindfulness in this hectic world.

Freddie Tubbs

Freddie Tubbs is a psychology writer at Ukwritings. He also works as a part-time blog writer and editor at Big Assignments, and contributes articles to the Vault and Australian Help blog.