Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It's the ability to maintain a moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits such as boosting your immune system, reducing stress, building resiliency, reducing bias and improving focus and compassion. Read the full list of benefits on UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center website.
Although you can cultivate mindfulness through formal meditation, that's not the only route to increased awareness.You can easily make mindfulness a part of your everyday life. The Greater Good Science Center has a introductory list of how to cultivate mindfulness and offers a variety of exercises designed to get you started.