Benefits of Mindfulness

Want to enhance your capacity to focus, cope with stress, and connect with people? Practicing mindfulness in your daily life can do these things and many more. This page contains articles discussing the scientific benefits of mindfulness and meditation, real-life examples of how mindfulness has benefited successful individuals, and case studies discussing the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual benefits of having a mindfulness practice.

The benefits of mindfulness trace back thousands of years, but research has just started popping up in the last several decades on how effective mindfulness can be in bringing about personal and professional improvements in one’s life, and creating positive changes in health, attitudes, behaviors, and moods.

If you’re looking to increase your emotional intelligence, decrease feelings of stress and anxiety, and build your self-monitoring capacity, mindfulness can help. From reducing stress to calling in creativity, learn about the wide range of benefits of mindfulness and meditation – and get tips on how to weave them into your life.

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7 Strategies to Build Your Patience Muscles

By Melissa Eisler

While the thought of waiting for something you want or need seems easy in theory, it is much more arduous in practice. The good news is that for even the most impatient people, patience becomes easier with practice. Here are seven strategies you can use to get better at being patient.

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When Trendy Stress-Management Advice Doesn’t Help You, Try This

By Melissa Eisler

Just because everyone is meditating and that doesn’t interest you, it doesn’t mean there aren’t loads of other ways to manage your stress. Try these five alternative ways to reset your mind.

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Respond Vs. React: How to Keep Your Cool in Times of Stress

By Melissa Eisler

Would you rather be the type of person who creates ease or stress around you? Follow this trick to help you respond vs. react in stressful situations and in moments where you’re triggered – so you can invite a healthier outcome for everyone involved.

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The Negative Consequences of Mind-Wandering

By Melissa Eisler

With technology being more woven into the fabric of our lives, mindlessness – and its implications – is only increasing. What are the risks and what can you do about finding more presence?

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10 Lessons From My First Silent Retreat

By Melissa Eisler

Curious what all the hype is about silent retreats? Read on to find out some of the insights I took home from my first silent retreat.

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Ease Anxiety with These 5 Visualization Techniques

By Melissa Eisler

Overwhelmed with work? Got public speaking nerves? Fearful of flying? Anxiety comes in many different forms and can arrive without notice. It’s important to have some go-to relaxation techniques for managing anxiety when it decides to rear its ugly head.

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6 Behaviors That Stress You Out, and What to Do Instead

By Melissa Eisler

Once you’ve identified your unhealthy habits, how do you disconnect from them? Behavior change can be tricky. Learn about six of the most common behaviors that cause stress, and find out what to do when you catch yourself in the act.

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Infographic: Mindful Habits to Help You Sleep

By Melissa Eisler

Instead of worrying about your sleeping woes (which will exacerbate the problem,) try incorporating mindful habits into your routine to make sure you’re getting the Zzzz’s you need. Follow these tips to find peace with your sleeping difficulties and get a plan for a healthy bedtime routine that will have you sweetly dreaming in no time.

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Insomniacs: How to Calm Your Racing Mind and Get Some Sleep

By Melissa Eisler

If your racing mind is keeping you up at night, check out this advice from a certified medical hypnotist, on how to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

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Video: What You Practice Grows Stronger

By Melissa Eisler

How do we change? In this pioneering TEDx talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

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Mindful Cleaning Practice: How to Wash, Sweep, and Fold with Presence

By Melissa Eisler

When you apply mindfulness principles to cleaning and organizing your home, you not only end up doing a better job, but you learn how to find meaning in mundane chores and ordinary moments. This Spring, as you’re de-cluttering, de-wintering, and making your countertops shine, try these mindful approaches to cleaning your home.

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Infographic: 13 Things Mindful People Do Differently

By Melissa Eisler

What do mindful people do differently every day? To start with, they appreciate the little things, forgive more easily, laugh at themselves, and pay closer attention to their surroundings. Here’s a look at a handful of other helpful things that mindful people do differently—at home and at work—every day.

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Podcast Pick: Can Slowing Down Make You More Creative?

By Melissa Eisler

Psychologist Adam Grant says slowing down — even procrastinating — can incite more creativity and original thinking. Check out his fascinating and hilarious story as he put his Type A personality to the test of procrastination and reveals how this “slowing down” works so well.

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Infographic: The Science Behind a Happier Commute

By Melissa Eisler

If you’ve ever felt your blood pressure rise behind the wheel or on public transport, you may need to learn how to upgrade to a happier commute.

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4 Superpowers You Gain From Meditation

By Melissa Eisler

There are countless benefits of meditation, from physical and mental health to emotional life and performance. Let’s focus on the top four.

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