Documented Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Increased emotional regulation
  • Increased social skills
  • Increased ability to orient attention
  • Increased working memory and planning and organization
  • Increased self esteem
  • Increased sense of calmness, relaxation, and self acceptance.
  • Increased quality of sleep
  • Decreased test anxiety
  • Decreased ADHD behaviors- specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity
  • Decreased negative affect/ emotions
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased depression
  • Fewer conduct and anger management problems

Research Studies

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Meta-Studies and Research Summaries

  • UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center: Mindfulness Bibliography
    A bibliography for those who wish to locate theoretical and empirical sources on the topic of mindfulness, dating from 1975 to February 2008. Prepared by John C. Williams, M.S. (State University of New York, Binghamton) and Lidia Zylowska, M.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Mindfulness Research Summary
    A sample of the results from investigations seeking to uncover more of what mindfulness can offer to enhance human well-being.  This covers: brain and the immune system; relationships; clinical applications; mindfulness in education; and other mind/body practices. Written by Dr. Lisa Flook and Greg Flaxman.

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