5 ways to slow down and reclaim joy in our lives

Haemin Sunim, author of The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, shares his ultimate tips for calming a 'too-busy' life and mind

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Third, really see what is in front of you

When we get lost in our thoughts, we often end up worrying about our future or regretting what happened in the past. Excessive thoughts disconnect us from the present moment and can cause mental suffering. To wake up from the habit of constant thinking, I would recommend that we focus our attention to what is in front of us and really see each object. If a person is in front of you, really see his or her face with great interest. If an object is present, then really see it, too. As we pay more attention, each object becomes quite fascinating.

Fourth, close your eyes and savour food 

According to scientists, among the five senses, human beings get disproportionately large amounts of information through our eyes. Whether we intend it or not, when our eyes are open, visual information dominates our brain. This makes it difficult to notice the information coming through different senses. One easy antidote to this phenomenon is simply closing your eyes and paying attention to one sense. In particular, I would recommend closing your eyes while having food in your mouth. With your eyes closed, it becomes easier to savour food slowly and enjoy its full taste.

Fifth, stop multi-tasking and just enjoy music

Living in big towns or cities can make us feel as if we are constantly bombarded with too much noise, and too many sights and odours, which makes us feel overwhelmed and stressed. Rather than feeling that we are the victims of our environment, why don’t we take control back by listening to the music of our choice? Music is a great source of relaxation and pleasure. Stop multi-tasking and enjoy the mono-task of listening to your favorite music.

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