The Benefits of Mindfulness


Literally thousands of research studies have been performed to examine the process and benefits of mindfulness. The science is clear: mindfulness practice offers profound benefits on multiple fronts—physical, psychological, and interpersonal. Here are some of the benefits that have been documented:

Effects of Mindfulness Practice
  • Overall health: Strengthens the immune system and shortens illness recovery time.
  • Stress: Reduces stress and feelings of being overwhelmed.
  • Emotion regulation: Reduces anxiety, depression, and anger.
  • Interpersonal relations: Increases empathy and compassion.
  • Work output: Improves concentration, focus, and efficiency.
  • Communication skills: Enhances calmness and clarity in communication.
  • Decision-making: Improves long-term goal clarity and decisiveness.
  • Cognitive ability: Improves mental acuity and creativity.

These are only a few of the benefits of mindfulness practice, but the common thread among all of these may be the ability of mindfulness to create a spacious, restful place in the mind from which our best selves can spring forth, freed from the usual mental clutter that weighs us down and often trips us up.

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