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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What's Compassion Got to Do with Mindfulness?

By Melissa Eisler

Find out how mindfulness and compassion go hand-in-hand, and get a simple compassion meditation you can try on your own.

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Infographic: How Meditation Can Save Your Life By Reducing Stress

By Melissa Eisler

Check out this meditation infographic for science-backed specifics on the health benefits of a regular meditation practice.

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How to De-stress in 5 Minutes or Less

By Melissa Eisler

It takes less than 5 minutes to get stressed—so we should know how to de-stress in a flash, too. Here are 11 ways to de-stress in 5 minutes or less.

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10 Benefits of Meditation for Type As and Overachievers

By Melissa Eisler

Although not a scientific ranking of the benefits of meditation, this list includes the greatest gifts meditation can bring to people with type A tendencies

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The 4 Fundamental Meditative States

By Melissa Eisler

All of the thousands of techniques used in meditation can be grouped into four categories, or meditative states. Find out what they are.

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Infographic: Your Body on Meditation

By Melissa Eisler

Find out, in a fun and visual way, just how much a few minutes of daily meditation can do for your health.

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11 Meditation Styles and Techniques Explained

By Melissa Eisler

There are many different seated meditation styles, from mantra to mindfulness … and the list goes on. What’s the difference? And which one’s best?

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Post-Work Meditation to De-stress and Let Go of the Busy Day

By Melissa Eisler

De-stress, let go of your busy day, and ease into the evening with this simple post-work meditation.

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Video: How to Achieve More By Doing Less

By Melissa Eisler

Watch this 15-minute video filled with practical advice on how to dial back the overwhelm and busyness, to dial up the creativity, joy, and productivity.

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10 Misunderstandings and Myths About Meditation

By Melissa Eisler

Meditation can seem intimidating. Will it take up all your time? Drive you into a cult? Here’s what’s true and what’s false when it comes to the myths about meditation.

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Walking Meditation: One Step at a Time

By Melissa Eisler

We spend too much time rushing from point A to B. Walking meditation is a chance to do the opposite—strolling without any other purpose except to stroll.

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Video: The Mindfulness Movement in America With Jon Kabat-Zinn

By Melissa Eisler

This conversation between Jon Kabat-Zinn and Soren Gordhamer is full of humor, research, and interesting perspectives on why mindfulness is gaining interest.

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Free Livestream: Wisdom 2.0

By Melissa Eisler

This week is Wisdom 2.0! How can we live with wisdom, awareness, and compassion in the digital age? Wisdom 2.0 responds to this question. Tune in for free.

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What Is MBSR?

By Melissa Eisler

The MBSR program was created in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. UMass Center for Mindfulness sums up the benefits of the program well on their website, “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has emerged as an effective, scientifically-tested method for reducing physical and psychological suffering while building resilience, balance and peace of mind.” Learn about my experience in the course.

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To Wear a Watch, or Not to Wear a Watch…

By Melissa Eisler

Today, it’s common for cell phones to replace watches. The problem is then we end up checking our cell phones more than we would if we had worn a watch. Learn more about the pros and cons to wearing a watch.

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