Whether you want to learn more about mindfulness yourself or want to provide information for a parent or teacher, browse our collection of trusted articles and books. We have a special discount offer for books (see below), and provide links to academic papers as well as helpful and thought-provoking articles by people who have experienced the benefits of mindfulness firsthand.
Summary of Research
There are over thirty years of research on mindfulness, largely stemming from Jon Kabat-Zinn and his 1979 seminal work on using mindfulness to reduce stress and pain at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since then over 2,000 peer-reviewed studies have been conducted to explore the efficacy of mindfulness in many different settings. The results are convincing, especially in the educational milieu where both students and teachers have shown clear benefits from as little as five minutes of formal mindfulness practice a day.
Here is a list of benefits demonstrated through research:
Increased emotional regulation and intelligence, self control, social-emotional skills, ability to orient attention, executive functioning, working memory and planning and organization, cognitive flexibility, self-esteem, sense of calmness, relaxation, and self-acceptance, quality of sleep
Decreased anxiety, ADHD behaviors—specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity, negative affect/emotions, anxiety, depression, incidents of conduct and anger management problems
In addition, early research shows that personal training in mindfulness skills can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behavior and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students (Meiklejohn, et al.2012).
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Here are some titles we recommend:
- The Mindful Teen by Dzung X. VO, MD, FAAP
- A Still Quiet Place by Amy Saltzman, MD
- Learning to Breathe by Patricia C. Broderick, PhD.
Articles and Research Reviews Written for the Mainstream: These articles can be used to help educate your school, family, and communities on the benefits of mindfulness.
Breakthrough Thinking: The Zen of Self Control A doctoral candidate in psychology at UTSC, she’s helping to understand why meditation is also good for boosting self-control.
UCLA Mindfulness Research Summary (PDF) A sample of the results from investigations seeking to uncover more of what mindfulness can offer to enhance human well-being.
Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers Patricia A. Jennings explains why teachers should cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
Can Mindfulness Help Reduce Racism Can we override hidden prejudice? A new study says, yes, it can be done—and the key might be mindfulness meditation.
Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School A mindfulness teacher shares what he’s learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers
How to Cultivate Well-Being in Schools A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.
Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids How can we build the quality of mindfulness in our children, our classrooms, and our schools?
Mindful Kids, Peaceful Schools With eyes closed and deep breaths, students are learning a new method to reduce anxiety, conflict, and attention disorders. But don’t call it meditation.
Scholarly Research Articles (In Depth and Peer-Reviewed for Accuracy) These are fascinating, in-depth research papers and reviews of research. These give you a deeper understanding and are also helpful in convincing a funding source that mindfulness is proven to be beneficial.
UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center: Mindfulness Bibliography A bibliography for those who wish to locate theoretical and empirical sources on the topic of mindfulness, dating from 1975 to February 2008. Prepared by John C. Williams, M.S. (State University of New York, Binghamton) and Lidia Zylowska, M.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
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