Scotland's 'Year of Listening' (YoL) will raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health.
Listening is the foundation of good communication
Relationships and friendships, where we feel listened to, can have a huge positive impact on our sense of wellbeing. Being listened to helps us to feel 'connected', contributing to improved feelings of self-worth, self-confidence and happiness.
Listening to our own thoughts and feelings is also important. A popular practice in recent times is 'mindfulness', which has its foundations in Buddhist and Christian meditation. Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment and noticing sights, smells, sounds and tastes around us, as well as the thoughts and feelings that occur from one moment to the next.
We like to think we are good listeners but are we really listening? Could you be a better listener?
The YoL is an opportunity for us all to demonstrate our commitment to be better listeners. Whether you are a friend, parent, sibling, spouse, neighbour or carer...take time to listen today.
How you can support the YoL campaign:
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