We all know the feeling: you reach the end of a year, a season, a semester, a year — and you have no idea where the time has gone. It happens to us especially as we get older, looking back on the childhood days where waiting five minutes seemed to last a lifetime. Turns out, there’s a simple reason for that. As the world’s everyday wonders become more familiar, we stop paying attention to the details. Familiarity is the reason why an uneventful plane ride seems shorter in retrospect while the seconds leading up to a car crash seem to have lasted for days. The Huffington Post suggests that the increasingly popular philosophy of mindfulness is the solution to slowing down the world around us — and getting the most out of our precious time in life.