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While on vacation last week I found this picture on pinterest. I couldn’t find where the image originated from, but I thought it was a great way to show mindfulness. I know I can relate to the person in the drawing, but I would love to experience more of the pup’s clear mind. I am sure we all would.
Last post I explained what mindfulness is and today I am going to share some of the research.
When I did a simple google search for: “Mindfulness in Schools Research” I received over 1 MILLION results! Why? Because this is a topic that matters and recently, research has been expanding rapidly.
Mindfulness can have a positive impact by (reference is in parenthesis/below):
- increasing attention span (1,3, 5)
- improved academic performance (4)
- increased social compliance & awareness (1, 4, 5)
- reducing depression (2, 5)
- reducing anxiety (2,4, 5)
- reducing behavioral conflicts (4, 5)
- improving immune system (2,4)
- increasing brain’s capacity to learn (3)
- increasing self-awareness (3)
- increasing self control & self regulation (3, 4, 5)
- increasing level of compassion (4, 5)
- increased self-esteem (5)
Dan Siegel, M.D., author of The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind & Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, discusses the science of mindfulness and some research on mindfulness:
One of the statements that stood out to me the most was when he talked about how “mindfulness can change the world, literally, one person, one relationship, at a time” because it can have a positive impact by reducing bullying or violence.
Mindfulness is a low-cost way to help students. It is a tool that can “help change the direction of their development for the rest of their lives.”
My professors told us in class this past spring that by practicing mindfulness even a few minutes a day can have a HUGE impact. I am not sure what source this information is from, but I do recall reading it through my intervention course. Hearing that fact, as well as reading it, helped me realize that mindfulness is something that I can actually practice and fit into my day.
Look for my 3rd post soon, which will focus on mindfulness curriculum and resources.
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