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A recent study has shown that meditation can help reduce stress and ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, which are related to myriad health conditions.

Want to give meditation a try? Here are tips on how to meditate your way to finding happiness daily, ultimately improving the quality of your life — and your health.

1. Make your first thought of the day a happy one. When we look at ourselves in the mirror every morning and think of all the things we want to change, that’s a choice we make. Be commitment to think differently about yourself and make happiness the first thing of the day.

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2. Snap out of a negative mindset. Are you plagued by undesirable or destructive thoughts about yourself or others, then use the “snap out of it” meditation technique, in which you wear a rubber band on your wrist, and whenever you start to think negative thoughts about yourself or towards another person, flick the rubber band against your arm. It will literally help you “snap” out of the negative thoughts.

3. Unleash your inner child. Whenever you feel stressed about your responsibilities and commitments, unplug from the world, shut off your computer and phone, and tap into your inner child. When we become more childlike, we grow our capacity for curiosity and creativity.

4. Sleep to restore your mind. Sleep is essential to optimal health, but people often forget that it is also a spiritual practice that benefits us mentally and emotionally. Lacking essential shut-eye is another way we block happiness from our lives.

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