Benefits of Mindfulness

The benefits of mindfulness can generally be divided into 6 categories:

  • Reduces physical or emotional suffering
  • Elevates physical or emotional fulfillment
  • Develops kindness and compassion towards oneself and others
  • Improves cognitive capacity
  • Leads to positive changes in objective behaviour
  • Reveals deep self knowledge

We now know that our brains continually change and develop in response to our thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Mindfulness training, over time, actually re-wires our brains so that we are happier, cognitively sharper, and more emotionally resilient, relaxed and at peace. Because of this, we get along better with others and kindness, compassion and understanding are naturally fostered.

Mindfulness and Mental Health

The world is waking up to the fact that mental health problems like stress, anxiety, and depression are becoming epidemic. Mental health, like physical fitness, is something we need to actively nourish throughout our lives.

Studies show mindfulness:

  • Reduces anxiety, depression and stress (Aug 2013 meta analysis)
  • Reduces insomnia
  • Helps a variety of medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, type II diabetes, PMS and chronic pain

Using mindfulness to treat mental health problems is a cost effective and often superior way to deal with many mental health issues.

Mindfulness and Mental Wellness

“We know that physical fitness is important. But scientific research now shows that children that have social and emotional fitness do better in school and life.”
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, UBC Faculty of Education

“The basis of emotional intelligence is this capacity to be aware of what we’re doing and how we’re doing and to make a mid-course correction.”
Daniel Goleman, Author of Emotional Intelligence

Studies show mindfulness:

  • Increases grey matter in key regions of the brain
  • Improves attention, working memory and executive function
  • Increases activation of the left prefrontal cortex, which improves mood
  • Improves emotional resilience

Mindfulness and Relationships

We cannot give what we don’t have. In order to give happiness, understanding, and compassion to others, we must first have those things ourself. And when we have those things ourself, we naturally give them to others. And as our social and emotional intelligence increase, our relationships improve.

Studies show mindfulness:

  • Increases empathy and compassion
  • Increases pro-social behaviour

Mindfulness and Society

When we are mentally well and operating from a place of peace, resilience  and self-awareness, we are more likely to take actions that have a positive impact on society.

Studies show mindfulness:

  • Increases corporate social responsibility

Mindfulness and Schools

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