Just some of the suggested benefits of sustained mindfulness practice
Recent published research in the journal “Health Psychology” showed that mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
It lets us get to know our true selves
Mindfulness can help us see beyond those rose-tinted glasses when we need to really objectively analyse ourselves. A study in the journal “Psychological Science” shows that mindfulness can help us conquer common “blind spots,” which can amplify or diminish our own flaws beyond reality.
It can help you achieve better grades
Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that college students who trained in mindfulness performed better on the verbal reasoning assessments, and also experienced improvements in their working memory. The researchers wrote “Our results suggest that cultivating mindfulness is an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function, with wide reaching benefits.”
It can make you better at your sport
Mindfulness meditation has been used extensively in sport. It is a well known fact that many Olympic athletes have used mindfulness meditation to enhance there performance. Phil Jackson for example has used mindfulness when leading both the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers to their victories and many NBA stars now practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
It can make music sound better
Mindfulness meditation improves our focused engagement with music, helping us to truly enjoy and experience what we’re listening to, according to a study in the journal “Psychology of Music”.
It makes you a better person
Sure, we love all the things meditation does for us. But it could also benefit people we interact with, by making us more compassionate, according to a study in the journal “Psychological Science”. Researchers from North eastern and Harvard universities found that meditation is linked with more virtuous, “do-good” behaviour.
It lowers depression risk amongst Teenagers
According to a study from the University of Leuven. Teaching teenagers how to practice mindfulness through schools and youth project programmes could help them experience less stress, anxiety and depression.
It helps you sleep better
A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night. “People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviours during the day, and better sleep patterns.”