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In Focus

Whether you want to make small improvements to your lifestyle or treat yourself to some self-care, the Harvard community can help you start something new this year.

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A guide to keeping your resolution

Moving forward, even slowly, puts your goals within reach.

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Practice mindfulness

Research on the health benefits of mindfulness and meditation are beginning to confirm what some have known for thousands of years.

How to get started

1. Sit

Sit on a straight-backed chair or comfortably on the floor.

2. Focus

Focus on your breath and pay attention to things such as the sensations of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.

3. Expand

Once you’ve narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and ideas.

4. Embrace

Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.

Read a great book

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Make adjustments for healthy aging

Discover the latest research from experts at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Better understand food

Our Harvard experts explain the latest studies on nutrition and diet.

Go greener

Our Office for Sustainability empowers everyone to be stewards of the future by translating research into practice.

Learn something new

Expand your knowledge and explore new topics with these videos and podcasts.

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