Mindfulness has become very popular in recent times, but what is the science behind it?

You may not know that mindfulness has been around for centuries, and we now have the technology to show how it benefits us. Read on for more...

Mindfulness can increase relaxation. Law (2011) found that just 10 minutes of practice can help.

Frederickson and colleagues (2008) found that meditation can increase feelings of love, contentment and joy. From their research they predicted greater life satisfaction and gratitude for life.

Mindfulness meditation can give tremendous benefits for those with chronic pain. With mindfulness you learn how to use your attention and an attitude of non-judgement, which will lower the effects of the pain. Carson and colleagues (2005) found that mindfulness practice significantly reduced chronic low back pain.

Decreased headaches. I have often had people that I am teaching tell me that their mindfulness practice helps in reducing headaches and even migraines. And now there is some research to back this up. Tonelli (2014) found that a brief mindfulness practice can reduce migraine pain as well as the emotional tension associated with it.

Leung and colleagues (2013) found that Mindfulness can increase emotional intelligence.

Harvard researched Mindfulness and found that regular mindfulness practice can give us a one second gap between an event or stimulus and our response to it.

One study by Kearney and colleagues (2013) found that meditation reduced symptoms of PTSD and depression.

Mindfulness is also likely to increase empathy for others as well as self-compassion (Hoffman, 2011).