The Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life (#122)

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This is another special (and short) episode of The Tim Ferriss Show.  In this episode, I share my personal experiences, apps, tools, and best practices for cultivating “mindfulness,” which I’ll define.

When I talk about strategies for better living, I usually focus on effectiveness and efficiency. For a good life, these are necessary but not sufficient.

“Mindfulness,” the third leg of the stool, is far more difficult for me and most type-A personalities.  There are many definitions of mindfulness, but for the sake of our discussion, think of it as a present-state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive.

Why is mindfulness essential? First, achievement without appreciation is a Pyrrhic victory, and mindfulness helps cultivate appreciation. Put another way, if you can’t be happy with what you have, you’ll never be made happy by what you get. Second and related, after just a week of mindfulness practice, you will complain less, react less, and more effectively fill your life with what’s important and valuable to you.

Here are the tools and techniques I use to put this into practice…

You can find the transcript of this episode here. Transcripts of all episodes can be found here.

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What mindfulness practices have you implemented that made a significant impact on your happiness? Please let me know in the comments.

Scroll below for links and show notes…

Enjoy!

Selected Links from the Episode

Calm | Headspace

Gratefulness Prompts

  1. An old relationship that helped a lot
  2. An opportunity you have today
  3. Something good/great that happened yesterday
  4. Something simple near you

Posted on: November 29, 2015.

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134 comments on “The Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life (#122)

  1. Calm and Headspace. Also breath counting and I dabblenjoy with TM… Finally I like to close my eyes and link my breath to mini movements like should shrugs.

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  2. Waking up in the morning and telling myself that for that one whole day i would focus on every word that came out of my mouth and every thought that entered my head and ebery word that entered my ears. We may think we are exuding a positive vibe but all it takes is to lose our focus on the topic, join in the negative or gossipy conversation and bam! If you focus on what you are emitting and inhaling you can crush it positively 😉

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  3. My kids just started 3rd grade at a school in Chiang Mai, Thailand called Panyaden. Each day, their last class is “Mindfulness”. How amazing is that?? I hope it pays off for them.

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  4. My kids just started 3rd grade at an amazing school in Chiang Mai, Thailand called Panyaden. Each day, or a few days a week at least, their last class is actually “Mindfulness” class. This is the first place I’ve ever heard of that does this. I really hope it pays off for them.

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  5. Hi Tim,

    I just wanted to say thank you for all your podcasts!
    They give such a great view over subjects that I am interested in (managing myself, my time etc).

    I am romanian and I live in Ireland. I am due to start my traineeship as a solicitor/lawyer next year and it is going to be a very challenging period for me. Do you believe a life couch/a few sessions with a life couch could help me get through this process in a better way? (I refer here to strategy, productivity, results).

    Many thanks again. I am not sure if I should say this but I am going to take your advice (as mentioned by you in the podcast with Esther Perel)… you don’t need to reply to me as I understand that you are very busy and my question is probably not as important as others might be! I will continue to listen to your podcasts either way ha!

    Have a great week!

    T

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