Mindfulness is defined as a type of meditation in which you focus strictly on what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without judgment – but, given how popular the practice is, you might already know that. You also might have heard that mindfulness can go a long way in balancing your thoughts and reducing stress. But, what about other tangible health benefits to the practice? If you’re curious about what mindfulness has to offer, aside from stress relief, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 3 invaluable health benefits to practicing mindfulness you might not have realized before.
Mindfulness helps you act with logic, not emotion.
Whether we like to admit it or not, as humans, we tend to act based on our emotions. For some of us, this can be even more true. Luckily, mindfulness can help you make decisions based more on logic than emotions. In 2007, a study published in Motivation and Emotion demonstrated that individuals engaging in mindfulness meditation had a weakened emotional response to unpleasant photos, allowing them to better focus on a cognitive task. What’s more, these participants also demonstrated increased well-being. Practice mindfulness now, and you’ll train your brain to become less emotionally reactive.
Mindfulness supports your memory.
There is a strong body of evidence linking mindfulness meditation with increased memory performance. According to one 2010 clinical trial, mindfulness can increase our short-term memory capacity. During the study, researchers examined two military groups in high-stress situations. The group participating in an eight-week mindfulness training course – and practicing on their own in their spare time – showed less degradation in working memory ability than the other military members, who didn’t undergo mindfulness training.
Mindfulness can help us see the world with new eyes.
If you’ve started to take a grimmer approach to life – or, at least, a disinterested one – try mindfulness, which can help restore that child-like sense of wonder we all had in our early years. This is because mindfulness, which places a premium on paying attention to your surroundings, can make you notice things you didn’t before, or fail to pay attention to. A 2015 study by PLOS One confirmed this theory, reporting that mindfulness meditation was shown (in some cases) to weaken participants’ sensory habituation – also known as our tendency not to notice things present in our everyday environments.
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