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Slow Down

by Christine Carter, Ph.D.
A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of “RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.” Known for her parenting and relationship advice, Dr. Carter draws on psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action. Learn more about the practices, beliefs, and behaviors likely to bring more joy into your own life and the lives of your children by taking her Raising Happiness classes, getting inspired by reading her award-winning blog, or joining the discussion on Facebook.

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Stop rushing around. For one day, try not to hurry yourself OR your children.

Slowing down in our fast-paced world—even just for a day—can bring deep feelings of relaxation and joy. Take each moment just as it is today, being mindful of your thoughts and your emotions. Feel the urge to rush? Worry that you’re going to be late? Simply notice the anxiety that has washed over you and bring your attention to your breath, focusing on a deep exhalation.

Often, greater attention to the present moment can help us stay focused on the task at hand, decreasing our need to rush from one thing to the next.

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