It’s not money, or fame, or even achieving set goals. One of the most important factors in “being happy” is having strong close relationships with other humans. While this is much easier said than done, there is a superpower that is attainable to all, and it does something to the brain that allows us to find, maintain and keep stronger, healthier relationships. It’s mindfulness, and it’s achieved through the simple act of meditation.
Meditation has a profound effect on two important brain functions. It strengthens the brain’s ability to notice emotions that arise. It also strengthens the area of the brain that modulates emotional response. These two skills are extremely important when it comes to human interaction.
Let’s explore a common example. You’re looking forward to seeing your brother and sister-in-law at your husband’s 40th birthday party. You’ve put a lot of effort into the event. At the last minute, they cancel with a weak excuse that makes you believe they simply found something more interesting to do.
The initial response: Your blood boils. This could ignite a long battle or years of underlying resentment that can have a negative effect on the entire family. OR…
A meditating mind can effectively consider more thoughtful emotional responses. Perhaps inconsiderate acts are common behaviors from these two. Therefore, you can keep expectations low and not get so disappointed when they let you down. Meditating minds generate more positive thoughts than non-meditating minds, so it is easier to appreciate all the people who came to the party instead of stewing over the two that didn’t. You’ll sooner realize that their behavior is in fact theirs, and doesn’t have to dictate your response. It’s not about being the bigger person. It’s about keeping your joy. You may forfeit the “right” to be enraged or even that momentary satisfying confrontation with the offenders, but you’ll walk away HAPPIER and HEALTHIER.
MeditationWorks brings our distraction-free mobile unit to your door, so you and your co-workers can fit a couple of 10-minute meditation sessions into your week and be back to your desk in just 15 minutes. It’s a break, but a better break that can make you happier, and yes, healthier!
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