Action For Happiness

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TOB Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to trying to make the world a happier and more caring place starting with our community.  Pursuing happiness as a community is about learning to live happily, to fundamentally live a different way of life where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.  Every month we will provide ideas and resources backed by leading experts from diverse fields.  Join the movement. Be the change.  TOB Action for Happiness Pledge

Mindful March

Live Life Mindfully

Being mindful can be a firm foundation for wellbeing. Studies show the practice of mindfulness can reduce stress levels, help us manage our emotions and reactions, tune in better to how we and others are feeling and cultivate compassion for ourselves and others.  This helps us make wiser choices, can boost our relationships and mean we feel happier and calmer.
Everyone can learn to be more mindful.  It's about choosing to pay attention to the present moment in a curious and nonjudgmental way.  There is no way to fail mindfulness, but you will need to practice and starting small is the easiest way.  Roche Martin have some everyday mindfulness tips:
  • Remind yourself why you are practicing mindfulness.  Maybe it is to relive stress and increase your happiness.  This helps to reaffirm your daily mindfulness practices.
  • Stay accountable for your mindfulness then you're sure to remember and do it much more frequently.  Post sticky notes on the bathroom mirror if you don't have a friend to help keep you accountable.
  • Make it a way of life.  The journey to mindfulness never ends because you have to keep practicing it to get the benefits.  Mindfulness is a way of life and will get easier in time and feel more natural.
  • Close your eyes.  Throughout your day, it's a good idea to pause for a minute and shut your eyes.  This stops the distractions of looking at things around you and makes it easier to draw your attention inwards.
  • New Experiences.  A by-product of mindfulness is appreciating moments of wonder and awe and especially with experiencing something new.  Awaken your senses with something unfamiliar and inspiring.  Visit a museum, attend a dance class or simply take a different route home from work.
  • Don't forget to smell the flowers.  If you're feeling bored and no longer enjoying your mindfulness habits, then it's time to change them up.  The Mindful March calendar is a great tool providing a variety of tips for every day.
Approaching the practice of mindfulness regularly will naturally reap the most benefits, but the best way to ensure that you stick with this is to find a way to include it in your existing routines.  Applying these tips will make it more likely you stick with it and begin to see real benefits, whether you're practicing mindfulness at home, work, school or anytime during the day. 

Action for Happiness Talks Library - Browse their full library of speakers for insight and inspiration on happier living.

March Talks:

     March 8 -Ecological Happiness with Dr. Vandana Shiva

     March 22 - Gratitude & Nature with Louie Schwartzberg

Follow Town of Battleford on Facebook to get additional tips every Sunday.

Mindful March Calendar - Click to print the calendar