John Macintyre, the founder of The Art of Happiness, has a new book out this week — he calls it The Art of Self-Awareness. While most people think of it as a book about happiness and a philosophy, it’s actually much more about the mechanics of life and the way we approach it.
The book is all about the four core concepts of happiness: mindfulness, gratitude, intention, and mindfulness. It’s pretty clear that mindfulness is the most important one. It’s not some vague idea that you can do it any time of day, but is specific to the moment you decide to be mindful. It’s the idea that you have to think about your thoughts, feelings, and actions every single moment of your life.
We actually started writing the book, but the first draft didn’t really work out. John MacIntyre (a professor at the University of Bath) had some really good ideas, but it was just too hard to think about the whole concept. He was always on the phone, or writing, or in the library. I had to get a hold of him whenever I thought about the whole idea of mindfulness.
I think that if you really do decide to practice mindfulness, it really helps you to be aware of your thoughts and actions. It will help you to stay on the right track, and stop the thought or actions from becoming a habit.
Mindfulness is a much broad term. What it is really about is being aware of our thoughts and actions. We’ve all got habits that can be hard to break. If we know that we are thinking of this or that, then we are more likely to stop and think about the right thing. It’s like learning to drive at night, or to go to the gym, or to go to the park. We can do this without really thinking about it.
I once had a friend who did not have any habits. He was a college student who had never been to a gym before, and he would go to the gym in his underwear. He would run up and down the stairs, push himself to his limits, only to come to a halt when the gym doors would open and he would see if the person behind the desk was looking at him. He would never even think about going to the gym during the day unless he was in the shower.
This is the exact same thing that John MacIntyre is going through. He is a college student who has never exercised, and he has a friend who does exercise. But the friend just doesn’t know it. John MacIntyre has been working out at the gym and doing pushups until he is exhausted, and then he has a friend to come home and eat with and go to sleep. This is a pattern that we see in all of his behaviors and habits.
John MacIntyre is a very fit person. He is physically active and he has a very smart and strong personality. For some that might be enough to make some people think he is on the cutting edge of fitness, but for us the most important thing is that he is always physically active.
When we see that we can see John MacIntyre, we assume that he is a great fitness buff, but often he is just a very fit, old, fat guy who is always tired. We are often mistaken for his friends and family because of how fit and fit he is. We don’t think of him as a fitness buff, but we do assume we have met him before and he is the one that can help us out.
John MacIntyre is one of those old fat guys that is always tired. He doesn’t exercise much, but he is always willing to help us out with a question, or just a question about the health of his wife, so we think he is a great fitness buff. He is also kind of the only person in the world that uses a wheelchair when he walks, and we think he is great for any one in wheelchairs.