This Is Why You Should Start Meditating

There are big things that make us happy—Instagram-worthy beach vacations and pricey spa treatments come to mind—but it’s the small things that keep us sane and smiling on a daily basis. That’s why we’re partnering with Clinique on a new series examining the little things that’ll make you feel and look your best on a daily basis. Check back every week for ways to take your life from good to great, whether that means finding a foundation that boosts your confidence (try Clinique’s Even Better Glow™ Light Reflecting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15) or learning how to eat more mindfully.

If you've ever sat around with a group of friends discussing New Year's resolutions, then you know this to be true: We humans are always on the quest for self-improvement. And why shouldn't we be? You won't find us complaining about being too happy or too healthy anytime soon. But where do you start when your self-improvement to-do list is seemingly a mile long? Enter: mindfulness. You've likely heard the word being thrown around a lot lately. And it's a hot topic in wellness circles because the concept is a simple one.

As defined by Merriam-Webster, mindfulness is "the practice of maintaining a nonjudgemental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis." But we understand that actually incorporating the practice into your everyday life can prove more challenging. To give us some insights, we reached out to Lynne Goldberg, a meditation teacher and founder of the app Breethe. So sit back, relax, and read on for four steps to being more mindful.

Ready to make your life even better? Check back next week for more tips—and in the meantime, shop the Clinique products that'll improve your makeup routine every time.