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I think a large portion of our unhappiness and discontent can be attributed to one simple culprit, mindfulness, or rather the lack thereof.
Mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware. In other words it's the active acknowledgement of the present. When you exist in a state of mindfulness you live free from the distractions of the future and past, their demands and regrets, and instead you focus on the here and now. You shift into the tangible, make the leap into today.
It's strange to think that living for today would be a leap of any kind. It seems too obvious doesn't it? But then again think about your daily routine. How many times do you catch yourself taking shortcuts in favor of "saving time"? We multitask so as not to waste a single moment, and yet ironically in our quest to save time we completely forget to savor time.