Benefits of Mindfulness
Improves attentional stability, control and efficiency
· The mind wanders roughly half of the time and mindfulness can stabilize attention in the present (Killingworth & Gilbert, 2010; Smallwood & Schooler, 2015)
· Studies have found that mindfulness reduces distraction even when distractions are emotional in nature (Allen, et al., 2012)
Improves cognition capacity and flexibility
· Mindfulness has been associated with working memory capacity (Roeser, et al., 2013)
· Linked to creativity and divergent and convergent thinking (Colzato, Ozturk, & Hommel, 2012)
· Better insight problem solving (Ding et al. 2015; Ocstafin & Kassan, 2012).
Enhances Emotion Regulation
· Shortens the peak to baseline cycle of emotional response (Goldin & Gross, 2010)
· Reduced negative reaction to stressors (Arch & Craske, 2010)
· Promotes objectivity and non-judgment reaction (Hulsheger, et al., 2014).
· Promotes an overall positive emotion view of the day to day activities (Eberth & Sedlmeir, 2012)
Promotes Self-regulation of behavior
· Reduces unproductive automatic behavior by fostering an awareness of habitual behaviors such as eating, smoking, drinking, etc. (Papies, Pronk, Keesman & Barsalou, 2014; Westbrook et al., 2013)
· Dampens the reaction and recovery from stress (Brown, et al., 2012; Creswell & Lindsay, 2014)
· Improves sleep quality (Hulsheger, et al., 2014).
· Preliminary evidence suggests that mindfulness may slow or stall the age-related brain degeneration (Davidson, et al., 2003; Gard, et al., 2014; Luders, Cherbuin & Kurth, 2015; Schutte & Malouff, 2014).)
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