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3 Mindfulness Tips to Maximize Contentment

Here at Camp Kupugani (in northwest Illinois about 2 hours west of Chicago and 90 minutes south of Madison, Wisconsin) our overnight summer camp is all about helping our campers to be the best version of themselves. A recent article from Barking up the Wrong Tree explores some good mindfulness tips. Bullets below; click here to read the full article.  

  • Discount these four happiness myths
    • Myth 1: “Happiness Is the Natural State for All Human Beings”
      • Our brains are not programmed at birth for bliss.
      • Ups and downs are normal; embrace them!
    • Myth 2: “If You’re Not Happy, You’re Defective”
      • Nothing is wrong with you if you are not happy.
      • Life circumstances sometimes knock us on our butts.
    • Myth 3: “To Create a Better Life, We Must Get Rid of Negative Feelings”
      • It is what we do with our negative feelings that makes us who we are.
    • Myth 4: “You Should Be Able to Control What You Think and Feel”
      • How well does “calm down” or “snap out of it” work for anyone?
      • “Influence”? Yes. “Control”? No.
      • Short term “solutions” (i.e. drinking or otherwise masking your feelings) are exactly that–only ephemeral.
  • You Are Not Your Thoughts
    • Not all thoughts in your head are facts.
    • Sometimes the voice in our head is someone else’s.
  • You Gotta Defuse
    • Think to yourself…Is this helpful? 
    • Will further exploration of this thought help me live the life I want?
    • Remove negative thoughts.
    • Thoughts are exactly that…just thoughts
      • Step Back and Isolate Them
        • Pausing allows you to take inventory of your thoughts.
      • Accept and Defuse
        • Focus on a particular negative thought and remove its power.
        • Don’t take negative thoughts too seriously.

Source article: https://www.bakadesuyo.com/

 

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