For many, mindfulness is overlooked as self-help mumbo jumbo that only new-age hippies indulge in.
But, the reality is that over 4,000 scholarly articles on the topic suggests that we should be taking mindfulness much more seriously. As a result, we are starting to see organizations such as Google, Aetna, mayo Clinic, and the U.S. Army adopt mindfulness training.
(If you aren’t sure what mindfulness is, see my prior blog post: What is Mindfulness and What are its Primary Benefits?)
What about you? Why should you start focusing on mindfulness?
Here are 25 benefits of mindfulness according to research:
Reduces mind wandering
Helps with directing attention amid competing demands
Reduces attentional resources to process distractions
Improves one’s abilities to process and respond to novel information
Improves one’s creativity, divergent and convergent thinking, and problem solving
Helps one not react strongly to negative stressors and better cope with stress
Helps one respond more positively to goal or constructive feedback
Shortens the time it takes for negative emotions to dissipate
Helps create a healthy psychological distance from one’s work
Helps one better process information and behave more rationally
Helps one carry more positive emotional tones
Helps one develop more effective relationships with others
Helps one have higher communication quality (listening, increased awareness, and less evaluative judgments)
Helps one have greater empathy, compassion, and respect
Helps one more effectively deal with and resolve conflict
Helps one read the environment more accurately and less subject to the potential distortions of internal biases
Helps one create a more psychologically safe environment
Helps one be more satisfied with their job
Helps one be more authentic and optimistic
Helps one be more resilient when facing adversity, conflict, or failure
Helps one be more comfortable with change
Helps one be more intentional about their work
Helps one have more autonomous motivation (driven to pursue activities perceived as being important, valued, and/or enjoyable)
Helps one have higher job performance
Helps one have engage in more ethical behaviors, more prosocial behaviors, and less deviant behaviors
Who wouldn’t want more of these benefits for themselves and those that they live and work with?
Mindfulness is what experts consider to be a “root skill.” A root skill is a skill that, if improved, will benefit a variety of aspects of our lives including our life, work, leadership, relationships, etc.
So, if you want to upgrade your life in any of these areas, it appears that focusing on improving our mindfulness should be a no-brainer.
Thus, in my next blog post, that is what I will be focusing on.
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