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SUMMARY OF RESEARCH FINDINGS ON THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS:
-Compiled Studies summarized through The Mindfulness Project, Boston MA
Brain / Body Benefits
The cortical regions of the brain related to attention and sensory processing are strengthened. In future studies, this may prove to offset, or slow down, aging.
The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder (ADHD) (i.e., lack of focus and sustained attention, disorganization, follow through) are reduced.
Mindfulness is good for brain plasticity, or flexibility.
There is evidence that mindfulness meditation strengthens our immune system.
Awareness allows the body to recover sooner from stressful situations because cortisol (the primary human stress hormone) levels decrease more quickly than in non-meditators.
Emotion / Mood Benefits
The frontal cortex of the brain that picks up on emotional cues is activated and becomes sharper.
Long term mindfulness practitioners show higher levels of empathic awareness. (Empathic awareness is sensing another person’s feelings, emotions, and perceptions.)
A person’s affect (facial expression) becomes generally more positive.
Symptoms of anxiety and depression are reduced or minimized.
People prone to depression are less likely to relapse.
Communication / Relationships
Love blossoms with mindfulness. Couples (romantic partners) that meditate have reported a richer quality of communication between them.
People look at others with more compassion, empathy, and loving-kindness.
Mindfulness meditation practice makes people less prone to taking on another’s negative attitude or emotion.
Meditators have more compassion for themselves than less mindful types.
Parents that practice mindfulness show less family related stress, and report an increase of positive social interaction within the family.
Parents have a higher level of satisfaction with their parenting skills.
Parents report their children show less aggression and non-compliant behavior when they (the parents) practice mindfulness.
Behavior In Younger Children
Children taught mindfulness show better self-esteem, a higher academic performance, and have a better relationship with their parents.
Children’s overall mood is improved.
Children with psychiatric disturbances do less internalizing (problems within the self) and externalizing (problem behaviors directed outward) of their symptoms.
Awareness improves some children’s social skills.
Behavior In Adolescents
Adolescents with conduct disorder demonstrate a decrease in aggression after learning mindfulness techniques. One group was taught to focus on the soles of their feet in tense situations, and their angry behavior diminished.
Mindful adolescents had a better quality of sleep, were generally calmer, and reported feeling more connected with nature.
Though practitioners of mindfulness do not need scientific proof of the benefits received from it, continued research into mindfulness could yield new insights into the still largely mysterious workings of our brain.
Benefits of Meditation
One Step Closer
to a Brighter Tomorrow
Maria Shea, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor