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Mindfulness is a powerful method of wellness for youth, adults, the community, and businesses. More and more research shows positive results that consistent mindful practices such as mindful movement, conscious breathing, and meditation can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also improve focus, performance, employee retention, and an overall sense of well-being.
Evidence shows how a culture of mindfulness is directly correlated to raising test scores, fewer outbursts and incidents, and a more connected, supportive community. The following resources are just a few that highlight the benefits of mindfulness programs for all.
Studies show that mindfulness helps youth reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. In addition, it develops resilience and social-emotional skills through guided self-discovery in stillness, thought, and movement.
Mindfulness in the Classroom: Learning from a School-based Mindfulness Intervention through the Boston Charter Research Collaborative: "We found that students assigned to the mindfulness intervention condition showed a reduction in perceived stress and modest but significant improvements in sustained attention."
"This uncontrolled pilot study examined the effects of a classroom-based yoga intervention on cortisol concentrations and perceived behavior in children. A 10-week Yoga 4 Classrooms intervention was implemented in one second-grade and one third-grade classroom. Second and third graders both showed significant decreases in cortisol from before to after a cognitive task, but neither grade showed additional decreases from before to after a single yoga class. The second-grade teacher perceived significant improvements in several aspects of his/her students' behavior."
This link provides several studies that focus on mindfulness with elementary school children.
Mindfulness programs support educators in many ways including reduction in stress, improved communication with students, organizational skills, and job retention. The following are some studies and articles that support this claim.
Impacts of the CARE for Teachers program on teachers’ social and emotional competence and classroom interactions: "Teachers’ classrooms were observed and coded using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Analyses showed that CARE for Teachers had statistically significant direct positive effects on adaptive emotion regulation, mindfulness, psychological distress, and time urgency."
"Teachers’ classrooms were observed and coded using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Analyses showed that CARE for Teachers had statistically significant direct positive effects on adaptive emotion regulation, mindfulness, psychological distress, and time urgency."
In this article, Edutopia has curated several studies on the benefits and integration of mindfulness in schools for students and for educators.
Creating a community that is equitable, charitable, and living in harmony can start with mindfulness. Listening without judgment and compassion is one way, and it is at the core of mindful practices that begins with the individual.
Mindfulness and Community Building. Although mindfulness begins as an individual practice, when mindfulness is shared among group members, a community is more likely to thrive. Individuals become aware when their personal agendas and motives might not be in alignment with collective goals.
The Benefits of Mindful Listening. Mindful listening goes beyond active listening, which provides a checklist of actions to follow but doesn't necessarily prompt you, the listener, to monitor thoughts, feelings or reactions that might affect what you hear. Instead, mindful listening can help you to become aware of distractions so you can refocus and listen consciously.
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Brain imaging shows that meditation, a form of mindfulness, changes the brain's prefrontal cortex region, the area responsible for attention, impulse inhibition, prospective memory, and cognitive flexibility.
The American Psychological Association reports the benefits of mindfulness to include reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, improved focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and enhances self-insight, morality, intuition, and fear modulation, which are all functions associated with the brain's middle prefrontal lobe area.
7 Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace. These are just a few tangible examples of ways you can practice mindfulness at home and in the office. Read on to discover additional benefits of infusing mindfulness into your every day to boost efficiency at work!
Mindful Listening for Project Managers. In oral communication, both listeners and speakers come to the process with psychological barriers to its effectiveness (Frisk, 2010).