Mindfulness can be defined as the practice of paying more attention to the present moment, which includes paying more attention to one’s thoughts and feelings, as well as the world around.
The idea behind mindfulness is that, by becoming more aware of the present moment, we can know ourselves better, and become happier due to enjoying the world more. Mindfulness can help look at things afresh, and also notice harmful thoughts or behaviour patterns to stop engaging in them. Hence, it can also assist in letting go.
Some mindfulness practices include meditation, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and others.