09/03/2012 07:07 am ET Updated Nov 03, 2012

A Simple Practice That Can Make You Happy

One of the greatest tools for happiness and a positive state of mind is meditation, there's a reason why it's been used for thousands of years by Eastern cultures. Over and over again in countless scientific studies, meditation has been shown to strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, and build strong positive emotions. I hear people saying all the time, "I would love to do meditation, but I don't have the time."

You come home from work, and then all of the sudden your kids are telling you they need to be taken to soccer practice. So you cook them dinner and then rush them to practice. I suggest you develop a strategy of incorporating small two-minute meditations into your life. Each day, you start fresh -- you start with maybe only two minutes and then slowly work yourself up to more.

Meditation will help build a strong and resilient brain that will protect you from future episodes of stress. As in any practice, it takes discipline, but that discipline will pay off tremendously for the well-being of your health. You can't expect to try meditation once and all of a sudden be the happiest person in the world. Start with two minutes, then go to five minutes, then to 20 minutes and beyond.

Here's a Very Simple Meditation

A simple meditation practice is to close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breathing, without trying to control your breathing. Use a non-judgmental awareness when accessing this state.

Here are four ways you can incorporate a two-minute meditation practice into your life.

Ways To Incorporate A 2-Minute Meditation Practice Into Your Life

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