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5 Books About Mindfulness You Need On Your Shelf Right Now

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Want to know one the easiest and most fulfilling gifts you can buy someone this holiday season? A book on mindfulness. While it’s impossible to actually purchase the art of being mindful in and of itself, a book on how to improve your life and your mental health is a good start. These tomes are all available on Amazon and offer views and information on mindfulness, ranging from deep insight to funny anecdotes.

Look them up and see for yourself – you might even want to buy your own copies!

“Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you’ve heard of this book title before, we aren’t surprised. “Wherever You Go” is one of the most famous books about mindfulness ever written and has helped new mindfulness authors shape their own views on the subject. First published in 1994, the book was originally titled “Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners,” though was retitled as the book grew in popularity.

One of the draws of “Wherever You Go” is its very general approach to the subject. Some prefer for specific, in-depth explorations of mindfulness, but this book lets newbies explore the subject and creates worldwide accessibility.

“Get Some Headspace: 10 Minutes Can Make the Difference” – Andy Puddicombe

Those that use the popular mindfulness app Headspace should recognize something about this title. It’s written by the founder of the app and his playfulness shines through in this humorous yet poignant book. Instead of looking at mindfulness from an informative standpoint, “Headspace” is more so a guide to meditation for dummies. Puddicombe walks mindfulness newbies through meditation techniques that are both simple and highly effective, bringing mindful meditation to a new generation of stressed and wandering individuals.

That doesn’t mean this book is only for novices, though. It might be the perfect gift for someone who is unfamiliar with mindfulness and meditation in general, seasoned meditators can also learn a few things and enjoy Puddicombe’s wit and humor.

“I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal” – The Mindfulness Project

Most mindfulness books focus on meditation as a form of discovering and focusing on the world around us. “I Am Here Now” swims against the current and takes a more busy approach to the subject. Instead, this book is filled with exercises on creativity, observation, objectivity and investigative skills. Readers are prompted to journal and detail their journey through mindful experiences and to hone their abilities in order to see the world more clearly than ever before.

“Calm: Calm the Mind. Change the World” – Michael Acton Smith

If you’re looking for an overall look at the world of being mindful, this should be the book you get. “Calm” covers the basics from a very human perspective in order to help bring clarity to mindfulness novices while expertly tackling more complex topics, like modern medicine and mindfulness as a global phenomenon. Equal parts research and activities, anyone with any experience level in mindfulness is bound to get something out of this book.

The Life Diet: 4 Foods That Promote Positivity

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The Life Diet 4 Foods That Promote Positivity
Everything in your life can have a positive spin. Your exercise routine, your disposition – and even your diet.

Positivity is something that we could all use more of in life, but it doesn’t have to stop at smiling throughout the day and being an optimist. Your diet could play a large part in how positive you truly are. When you eat foods that weigh you down, upset your stomach and decrease your health, you aren’t actually boosting positivity in your life, no matter how wide your smile gets.

In order to promote health and create a positive platform with which to build your optimism upon, you have to treat your body to foods that instill positivity within. Is there such a thing as a positivity food? Yes. In fact, these four foods should be added into your life diet to ensure you’re as positive as possible.

Chocolate

You might read this and think this gives you permission to swallow a few Hershey bars whole, but that’s not the case. Instead of milk chocolates, chocolate syrups or chocolate cake, the real mood-booster here is dark chocolate. If you aren’t a fan, try acquiring a taste if you want a more positive diet.

Studies show that eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks lead to a reduce in stressor hormones found naturally in the body. The downside to all this chocolate is that consuming your daily almost-ounce and a half is about 1/6 of your regular calorie intake if you’re going off of a 1200 calorie diet.

What is the positivity-inducing ingredient in dark chocolate? According to Swiss scientists, the culprit is the high quantity of antioxidants.

Fish

Do you like fish? If not, you might want to skip this one – or learn to like it. There are enough fish out there that you should be able to find one variety that you like, cooked in some form or fashion.

Why do you need to love fish? Because of fish’s high concentration of Omega-3s. Your body doesn’t naturally produce these chemicals, but they occur naturally in fish – and they just so happen to alter your brain chemistry in a positive way. They improve your secretion of serotonin, a hormone that is linked to depression if you have low enough levels.

Saffron

In a study from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, scientists gave 50 women who experienced PMS two saffron capsules or a placebo daily over the course of two menstrual cycles. Those who took the saffron capsules reported that their PMS disappeared or severely declined.

This isn’t the only way saffron can boost positivity. Another study done likens the effects of saffron to drugs like Prozac – making it a great natural anti-depressant.

Tea

It might seem a little cliché, but tea is a drink that can definitely mellow you out and improve your mood. Studies have shown that tea illicit an alert, at ease mind through the amino acid theanine that’s been proven to increase attention. It also helps drinkers relax and boosts their mood – and different varieties of tea give drinkers different benefits.

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