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What Is Mindfulness, and Why Do Kids Need It?

From our earliest moments, mindfulness can help minimize anxiety and increase happiness. 

 

Mindfulness and its benefits can be introduced to children as an idea, an activity and a skill that reaps rewards in so many ways. 

The benefits list from Mindfulness is long, many layered and similar to the benefit lists that flow from many healthy ways of living such as adequate exercise, sleep, entertaining healthy thoughts and consuming nutritious food for example.

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Mindfulness is staying present and experiencing 'now'. Children respond well to encouragement in this regard. If the parents are interested in mindfulness and its benefits the children will lean in this direction and trheir interest can be nurtured. 

We Sit and We Sit Poorly and this Damages our Posture and our Health

Homo erectus is who we are! We are designed to be upright, erect but we now spend much of our time sitting, and sitting poorly.

Esther Gokhale in the 6 minute Ted X talk below, speaks of the importance of tilting your pelvis forward (tilting your bottom out) to allow the spine to sit upright without slumping.

A good upright sitting posture is easy if you put your knees lower than your hips.

A good upright sitting posture is easy if you put your knees lower than your hips.

Some office chairs can be adjusted so that the seat platform can be made to slope forward.

Alternatively, a cushion or wedge under your bottom will achieve the same result as will sitting towards the front of your chair. 

experiment to find what best suits your work and leisure.