What are the benefits of mindfulness?

YOUR Wellbeing and Health status: Mindfulness…

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  • Can lower anxiety, depression, worry, stress and negative affect[2]
  • Increase hope of achieving goals, overall well-being, positive emotions and life satisfaction, social connectedness [3]
  • Improves sleep quality[4]
  • Dampens stress reactions[5]
  • Improves attention, memory, self and emotion regulation[6]
  • Increases positive judgements and reduces negativity bias[7]
  • Improves perceptions of stress and pain[8]

 

YOUR Functioning and Performance: Mindfulness…

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  • Improves three qualities of attention: stability, control and efficiency[9]
  • Helps overcome habitual behaviours such as addiction[10]
  • Contributes to better job performance[11]
  • Is associated to empathy[12]
  • As a leader’s trait is positively associated with employees’ work-life balance, job satisfaction, citizenship behaviours, and job performance and negatively related to employee exhaustion and deviance[13]

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In the Harvard Business Review, Harvard Professor Ellen Langer [14] points out that mindfulness leads to

  • Increased charisma, productivity, creativity, memory, attention, positive affect, health and even longevity
  • Decreased burnout and accidents

 

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[2](Delgado et al., 2010; Sears & Kraus, 2009); [3] (Falkenstrom, 2010; Sears & Kraus, 2009); [4] (Hulsheger et al., 2014); [5] (Brown et al., 2012); [6] (Fox et al., 2014); [7] (Kiken & Shook, 2011); [8] (Kabat-Zinn, 2003, as cited in Good et al., 2016); [9] (Mrazek et al., 2013); [10] (Westbrook et al., 2013); [11] (Dane & Brummel, 2013); [12] (Dkezser, Raes, Leijssen, Leysen, & Dewulf, 2008); [13] (Reb et al. 2014); [14] (Langer, 2010)