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Mindfulness at Noon: Is Mindfulness the New Happy?

10% Happier

There's no question that a happier life is a better life. Less stress and more productivity, less loneliness and more meaningful connections, less information overload and more creativity--sounds good to me! But it's so easy to get lost in the doubt of past decisions, the uncertainty of the future, or even the lack of confidence in the present moment. Mindfulness can help.

Here are some mindful strategies for happiness I'm exploring:

Mindfulness at Noon: Compassion Gets a Mindful Makeover

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

It's pretty easy to become overwhelmed with all that's wrong with the world – so many things need fixing but feel out of our control. We all (I hope) feel some level of compassion, we recognize suffering and want to do something about it. But it can be scary to care, we don't want to be taken advantage of. Mindfulness can help. It can focus that attention and cultivate awareness, even when our mind wanders.

Mindfulness at Noon: I Love You [fill in the blank]. Now be Mindful!

Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom

Oh, love. So beautiful, so inspiring, and so much work. Whether we're talking about a partner or spouse, a parent, a child or a friend, it's amazing how much love you can feel for someone, and at the same time how much work the relationship takes. Emotions run high and sometimes the person you love most is the cause of stress, anger or anxiety. In every relationship, it's important to nurture not only our partner, but also ourselves.

Mindfulness at Noon: Extra Servings of Mindfulness for Better Health

How to Eat

A wise woman once said "Your body hears everything your mind says." That woman was Naomi Judd. Okay, I don't know how wise she is, but I sure connected with that quote. And I figure someone who has faced serious health issues and spent much of her life touring must know something about how stress impacts your body!

Mindfulness Book Club: Mindfulness Goes To Work

Your Mind at Work. From the April 2013 issue of Mindful Magazine.

We all spend a huge chunk of our lives at work. We may spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our loved ones. So when you have a bad day or are stressed, it can feel completely overwhelming.

Mindfulness Book Club: Tools for Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditations Practices You Can Do Anywhere

As my exploration with mindfulness continues, I have to admit sometimes I struggle. Being aware of thoughts and feelings sounds so easy, but it definitely takes work. The increased awareness has helped me focus more on the present and I find I'm rehashing the past a little less, which is a huge step for me.

Mindfulness: It's Not What You Think

Water drop photo by fox_kiyo

Mindfulness seems to be on everyone's, well, minds lately. You may have heard it discussed in relation to business, health, or relationships. But what is it exactly?

Eugene Field: One Branch One Story

Alyssa Working on Her Bleach Pen T-Shirt

Please meet Alyssa, one of Eugene Field’s best customers. Alyssa is a 10-year-old going into fifth grade and is a voracious reader. In fact, she’s such a big reader that I have trouble recommending books to her – it seems as if she has read practically everything!

Bear Valley: One Branch One Story

Rachel Soderstrom, 9th Grade, age 14

Bear Valley Staff asked one of our Drawing Prize Winners for her thoughts about Summer of Reading 2013.

Bear Valley Staff: What was your favorite part of Summer Reading?

Rachel Soderstrom: I got prizes for doing something that I love! I love Elitch's and I love reading!

BVS: What about those prizes? Did you get anything cool?

RS: Oh yes, VERY cool! I won the drawing for a $50 Target Gift card! I was uber-surprised that it was $50 because I had thought it was only going to be about $10. And I love Elitch's, so a free ticket was awesome! And of course, I love adding books to my personal book collection so the book prize was especially good.

First Annual Battle of the Books Sets the Bar High at Byers!

Jenuine, Aleia, and Nayah S. at Byers Branch Library

Summer of Reading 2013 started off in a flurry of excitement at the Byers Branch on 7th and Santa Fe. Since the Denver Public Library began the program before children were released from school for the summer, there was no delay in igniting their excitement to start reading!

This year, we wanted to do something different—something to show our community that even though we’re a small branch, we can achieve great things by working together.

We began the summer in an impassioned attempt to win the ice cream party that the Mayor offered to the branch with the greatest increase in registrations in the first two weeks. Our staff and community rallied together, and although we did not win, we came in third overall with 418 registrations as compared to 277 last year (that’s 150% of last year’s total for that time)! 

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