Have you ever considered holding hands, even just your own, as a mindfulness technique? This is a simple exercise that can fill you with happiness and appreciation in just one minute.
You can do this exercise anywhere and at anytime.
If you are alone, then clasp your hands in front of you. If you are with a partner or friend, then face each other and hold each other’s hands. If you are with your family or friends, then face each other in a circle and hold the hand of the person next to you.
Sit or stand quietly and close your eyes.
Pay attention to the way the other hand feels in yours. Can you feel their pulse, their warmth, their age, or their youth? Can you feel their emotions of joy and happiness, or sadness and stress? Notice the emotion you feel in that moment.
Stay in this moment for one minute or more. Then slowly open your eyes and connect with your heartbeat. Take one deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Feel the love, friendship, and gratitude for yourself and the ones around you.
Let me know in the comments how you feel.