Mindfulness is defined by Google as "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It is used as a therapeutic technique." Personally, I like to practice mindfulness on a daily basis in regard to myself and others around me.  

Remember that we are all human, we are all deserving of consideration. When it comes to other people, put yourself in their shoes and consider how you would like to be treated. Being aware of and kind to ourselves and others can lead to a happier life for everyone. These are my suggestions on how to practice mindfulness on a daily basis. 

Remain Calm

Remain calm as often as possible in order in order to obtain maximum awareness. Whether the moment you are enduring is good or bad, it's beneficial to be relaxed in order to either enjoy the moment or rationally deal with the situation at hand. Particularly if the moment is a bad one involving other people, it's extremely important to remain calm and consider your surroundings and the feelings of others. 

Don't Judge 

It was really easy to be judgmental of people's opinions and backgrounds after the 2016 election, it truly felt like a country divided. We are all different individuals who grew up in different locations and in different households with different influences. It's natural for humans to have diverse opinions and values, if we didn't the world would be a very boring place.

Consider this the next time someone says something you disagree with and put yourself in their shoes. Wouldn't you want the respect of being listened to? Yeah, you would. You don't have to agree with everyone else, but you do have to consider the kind of world we live in and all the people we share it with.

Don't Waste Time

Be honest with yourself and others to avoid wasting anyone's time.  If you don't want to do something (that's not totally necessary for your survival) then don't do it. Learn to say no to that party you don't want to go to, to that date you aren't into, to that extra club you don't want to join. Don't get me wrong, it's important to try new things and put yourself out there, but sometimes it's better to bow out than to show up and not be into it. 

Attract Good Karma 

Everyone makes mistakes, but think about how your actions may affect other people, much like your words. Avoid unnecessary conflict, but go out of your way to do random acts of kindness for others while expecting nothing in return besides good karma. You'll feel more confident and happy if you make a routine of this.

I think we can all agree that what everyone needs right now is a little more kindness and consideration. Sometimes the first step to take is making an improvement within ourselves. You have an effect on the world around you, so don't forget to put your best foot forward and leave a positive impact. Let's kickstart 2017 with a promising future for everyone. It all starts with you.