What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Participants of an 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course reported the following benefits:

  • A reduction in participants’ levels of stress
  • Lower levels of psychological distress, including depression and anxiety
  • An increase in their levels of emotional intelligence
  • Increased interpersonal sensitivity
  • Higher levels of personal resilience
  • Increased self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • Increased concentration and attention span
  • Lower levels of impulsivity
  • A greater capacity to hold and manipulate information
  • Improved sleeping patterns
  • Higher levels of well-being and overall work and life satisfaction
The benefits of a mindfulness-based stress reduction course can include a decrease in physical, psychological and emotional reactions to stress, anxiety and depression