Mindfulness can help us to focus and be more productive. It can also help us to deal with stress and anxiety more healthily. Additionally, mindfulness can improve our mental and physical health in the long run.
Comparing ourselves to our friends instead of celebrating their successes is an example of scarcity thinking. A person with an abundant mindset will be happy for their friends, knowing that there are plenty of new opportunities out there for them.
What if our negative thoughts were like butterflies? Would we swat them away? Probably not. We assign value to these thoughts and can choose to assign value differently. We can decide to treat negative thoughts more like butterflies than like gnats