mind·ful·ness | \ˈmīn(d)-fəl-nəs \

Definition of mindfulness 

1 : the quality or state of being mindful

2 : the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis also : such a state of awareness

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Both examined the effects of three days of intensive mindfulness meditation training. Bruce Lieberman, Washington Post, "Mindfulness meditation is huge, but science isn’t sure how, or whether, it works," 24 Mar. 2018 According to the HuffPost, mindfulness can help improve grades, reduce your risk of mental illness, and much more. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Team Used Meditation to Help Them Survive," 12 July 2018 Home Base provides a variety of treatment options, including behavioral health care, family support, mindfulness training, and nutrition, for veterans and their families. Thomas Oide, BostonGlobe.com, "Home Base Program will be able to treat more veterans after $65 million donation," 27 June 2018 Most people can’t dedicate an hour a day to mindfulness. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "5 Things People Get Wrong About Meditation," 26 June 2018 For example, our office has a book club every other month and the title typically focuses on important topics like diversity and mindfulness. Fortune, "Slalom, LLC.," 26 June 2018 Using the entire grill surface requires a little barbecue mindfulness. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "Go for grateness: 6 simple rules for grilling productively," 12 June 2018 And don't forget about other mood-boosting activities, like meditation and mindfulness. Barbara Brody, Health.com, "The Surprisingly Easy Move That Can Make You Happier and Boost Your Energy Instantly," 7 May 2018 Many programs offer eight-week introductions to mindfulness. Linda Ryden, Washington Post, "My students call me the ‘peace teacher.’ My job has never felt more important.," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mindfulness

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mindfulness was circa 1530

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