Habit #2

April 18 – May 8, 2013

Meditate for five minutes each day

Now that we’ve got that saying thank-you thing down pat, the next habit we’d like the LIFE community to embrace, internalize and add to their routine is meditation. We ask you to take 5 minutes out of each day to relax, cool down, meditate, get away from it all.  (see this isn’t so bad, is it?)  Turns out, it is easier said than done.  Deadlines loom.  Kids need to be picked up.  You’ve got a paper due on Thursday, a book to read by Friday, and a presentation to prepare for by Monday.

Research tells us though that taking 5 minutes out of a hectic day to focus on one thing only, helps us to cope with this new millennium we’ve got on our hands that says we really should be able to multi-task on about 20 things at a time.  After all, we’ve got the internet!  (that was sarcasm)  Truth is, even though the internet has taken us places we never thought imaginable, we’re all still human.  And as wonderful as the human machine is  – and it is yet uncomprehensibile  – research tells us the human brain can solve problems better and more effectively when dealing with one thing at a time..

So, the second habit we’d like the LIFE community to work on in the Happy LIFE experiment is to set aside 5 minutes each day for total quiet.  Total solitude.  100% relaxation.  We understand that to many of you, that might seem a bit foreign and maybe even counter-productive.  But what if giving the brain a rest might actuallly prove to be more beneficiary than trying to do all that math in your head?  We’ll see and we’ll keep you posted as to what we find out.  And also, if the idea of meditating sounds the least bit weird to you, we ‘ll help you through it, don’t worry.  Just wait, this may prove to be your favorite segment of the experiment!