Mindfulness is supported by a wealth of scientific and academic research...


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Mindfulness improves performance at work

A 2015 integrative review of the effects of mindfulness in the workplace by Good et al has shown that mindfulness affects thought processes, emotion, behaviour and physiology, in turn improving performance, relationships and well-being.

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Mindfulness helps to reduce blood pressure

In a 2013 study of men and women diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure, Hughes et al found that mindfulness practice helped patients to reduce their levels of blood pressure, preventing or delaying the need for drugs.

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Mindfulness improves multitasking capability

In a 2012 research project specifically studying the effect of mindfulness in the workplace, David Levy, and associates at Washington University, found that mindfulness improved memory and focus, reducing the effect of stressful stimuli, thus increasing effective multitasking performance.

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Many benefits identified for mindfulness practitioners

This 2012 article published by the American Psychological Association presents a summary of the many benefits identified for practitioners of mindfulness, including improvements in focus, reduction in emotional reactivity and an increase in quality of life.

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Mindfulness leads to increases in regional brain grey matter density

In a 2011 study by Holzel et al, it was discovered that mindfulness practice can produce measurable changes in the brain. The results of their work suggested that participation in mindfulness practice was associated with changes in grey matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking.

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Mindfulness helps to improve working memory

A 2010 research project studied the effect of stress on working memory in US marines due to be deployed to Iraq. It found that working memory was significantly improved for the group who had been practising mindfulness.

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The effectiveness of mindfulness on stress, pain and illness

The work of Jon Kabat-Zinn has largely contributed to the formation of mindfulness as it is now known in the western world. In 1979, when he was a researcher at Massachusetts Medical School, he adapted traditional meditation techniques to develop an 8 week programme called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is still widely taught today. He has carried out extensive research into the effect of mindfulness practice in reducing stress, chronic pain and illness.

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Mindfulness affects changes in brain chemistry

Herbert Benson, a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and founder of the Mind-Body Medical Institute (now the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital), has been a pioneer in Mind Body Medicine. In 1975, he reported that meditation induces a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body collectively referred to as the “relaxation response”, including changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain chemistry. His on-going research continues to prove the many health benefits of mindfulness, including a 2008 study into genomic counter-stress changes, and a 2015 study supporting the use of mindfulness to alleviate symptoms in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, depression, anxiety disorders, and in prevention in healthy adults and children.

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