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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In-Flight Mindfulness: 5 Meditations to Try When You’re Traveling

By Melissa Eisler

Whether you have a phobia of flying or have anxiety about where you’re headed, in-flight mindfulness may be your key to flying with ease.

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6 Ways Nature Can Boost Your Energy and Ease Stress

By Melissa Eisler

Looking for a prescription to de-stress and gain energy? Try a daily dose of the outdoors. Research says it can boost your energy and improve your physical and mental health. Here are six ways to fit your nature quota into your routine.

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Video: Success Through Stillness with Russell Simmons

By Melissa Eisler

Russell Simmons is uber successful. He’s a music producer, CEO, and philanthropist—and he attributes much of his success to his yoga and meditation practice.

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Fight or Flight

What Is Fight or Flight?

By Melissa Eisler

Racing heart, shallow breathing, sweaty palms, spinning mind—these are all normal symptoms of the acute stress response commonly known as fight or flight.

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4 Reasons You Should Meditate in the Morning

By Melissa Eisler

When is the best time would be for you to start meditating? Here are four good reasons why you should trade your snooze button for a morning meditation.

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Emotional Intelligence: The Role of Emotions in Our Health, Happiness and Productivity

By Melissa Eisler

Research has found that emotional intelligence level can predict everything from leadership skills, academic performance, job satisfaction, and overall health and well-being. Find out how it is that emotions matter that much.

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Mindfulness Skeptics: Dealing with Nay-Sayers, Negative Nancys, and Poo-Poo'ers

By Melissa Eisler

You know the type—you bring up meditation and they roll their eyes. Next time you encounter someone bashing meditation or mindfulness, here are some ideas on how to respond.

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Snap Into Focus with This 3-Minute Trick

By Melissa Eisler

The routine for finding focus looks different for everyone; it’s important to know what works for you to find that state of centered attention. Make sure to cover these main points the next time you need to concentrate.

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7 Steps to Banish Self-Doubt and Summon Success, Instead

By Melissa Eisler

When you challenge yourself to an important goal—self-doubt and insecurity usually show up uninvited. Here are seven steps to help you enjoy the presence of accomplishment, instead of fearing it’s evil twin, failure.

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16 Ways to Make Your 2016 More Mindful

By Melissa Eisler

Want to set a 2016 goal that will have a lasting impact on your life? Add a dose of mindfulness to your every day. Here are 16 easy ways to get started. 

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5 Steps to Mindful Goal Setting

By Melissa Eisler

What happens if you set resolutions and goals when your mind isn’t settled? Follow these steps to find focus and make sure your New Year’s goals lead to a productive and happy New Year. 

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Video: All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

By Melissa Eisler

Meditation is the simple, scientifically proven technique that can make your mind healthier and less distracted. In this video, mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe explains how it only takes 10 minutes a day to positively impact our entire life.

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Jungle Lessons

7 Things I Learned From a Week in the Jungle

By Melissa Eisler

I just got back from our second annual yoga and mindfulness retreat deep in the jungle of Costa Rica. I’m returning back to life in California, but I’ll take with me these lessons.

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Video: How to Make Stress Your Friend

By Melissa Eisler

Can you actually learn to be better at stress? Health psychologist, Kelly McGonigal, discusses how to transform your relationship with stress.

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10 Mini Meditations to Help You Reset

By Melissa Eisler

Take the edge off of everyday stress and build focus with mini meditations. These short bursts of mindfulness can have a profound impact on your life.

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