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What is mindfulness?

As written by the Seattle Mindfulness Center: "Mindfulness is the gentle effort to continuously attend to and be present with our experience, as it is. It involves greater awareness of thoughts, feelings, and sensations, without criticism. This allows for seeing clearly, whatever is happening in our lives, and creates an opportunity to step away from habitual, reactive patterns." 

Who can practice mindfulness?

Anyone! Practicing mindfulness does not require any previous set of skills or beliefs. It is accessible to everyone, from all walks of life.

How can mindfulness work for you?

According to the American Psychological Association specific empirically benefits associated with mindfulness include:

  • Reduced rumination
  • Stress reduction
  • Boosts to working memory
  • Greater focus
  • Less emotional reactivity
  • More cognitive flexibility
  • Increased relationship satisfaction

You can find Be Present Tips to incorporate in your own life by visiting each of the elements of wellbeing pages. Have some feedback? Let us know by emailing us at wellbeingonline@wsu.edu.