17 Benefits of attention to the present

Contribution by Esteban Rojas Nieto, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

  1. Reduces stress.
    According to research published in 2013 in the journal Health Psychology.
  2. Increases our ability at perspective
    According to a study in the journal Psychological Science.
    3. Improves academic performance.
    According to researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  3. Supports those people with high levels of stress.
    A study carried out in the US Marine Corps.
  4. Allows people with arthritis to manage their stress levels better.
    2011 study in the journal Annals of Rheumatic Disease.
  5. Alters the brain protecting it from mental illnesses.
    Research by the University of Oregon.
  6. Helps the brain to have better level of control over processing pain and emotions.
    According to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  7. Even helps us when we are not actively practising.
    According to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  8. Prevents relapses in people with addictions.
    According to a study by the Centre for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors University of Washington, Seattle.
    10. Could help doctors to be better at their jobs.
    Research at the University of Rochester Medical Centre shows that doctors trained in mindful meditation are less critical, more self-aware and listen better when they interact with patients.
  9. Makes us better people.
    According to a study published by researchers from Northeastern and Harvard in the journal Psychological Science.
  10. Helps make dealing with cancer a little less stressful.
    Research by the Brind Jefferson-Myrna Integrative Medical Centre.
  11. Helps reduce the sensation of loneliness in older people.
    Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that mindful meditation helps to reduce the feelings of loneliness in older people, at the same time improving their health.
  12. Improves our mental health in an overall sense.
    In 2011, the NIH’s Centro Nacional para Medicina Complementaria y Alternativa (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine NCCAM) published the findings of a study in which magnetic resonance images were taken of the brains of 16 participants two weeks before and after practising mindfulness. 
  1. Effective in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorders (thanks to the neuroplasticity of the brain)
    According to studies by the prestigious psychiatrist and researcher Jeffrey M. Schwartz
  2. Also reduces the risk of depression among adolescents.
    Teaching adolescents how to practise attention through school programmes could help them to experience less stress, anxiety and depression, according to a study by the University of Louvain.
  3. Helps us to sleep better.
    A study by the University of Utah found that training in mindfulness, can not only help to control our emotions and moods better, but can also help people to sleep better at night.

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