I would say yoga, meditation, being in the moment and journaling changed my life.
A lot of scientific studies have already shown that meditation changes your brain chemistry. See photo below:
While I didn’t run an experiment, I’m sure you would agree that yoga, journaling and being in the moment would have a similar effect on your brain.
One of the more popular Zen blogs actually have an entire blog post on how being present changed his life:
Being in the present means we say no to distractions, and we say no to external forces.
We are able to be in more control because we focus on the only thing that we can control: ourselves.
Whether your kid is screaming at you, or getting 100 twitter messages per minute, or a deadline coming up in 5 days…
All these matter less when you are focused in the moment and focused on solving problems.
Personally, I work in a demanding job where I’m under extreme pressure, tight deadlines and managing a variety of projects.
Being in the present means I don’t need to worry about all the emails that are trying to snatch away my attention nor worry about not being able to meet the deadline because I’m doing my best.
And if I did my best and still couldn’t achieve it, then it just means I need to continue to grow.
By the way, if you practice yoga, I think you might be interested in extending your yoga mat’s life. You might want to get this yoga bag: