Mindfulness elevates mood and soothes anxiety in this review of over 3 dozen studies on 1,000+ patients.
“The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Therapy on Anxiety and Depression.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 78, Issue 2, April 2010, pages 169-183.
Mindfulness diminishes aging effects on the brain. Those that practice long-term mindfulness have larger brains, healthier nerve connections and less nerve deterioration than non-practitioners of mindfulness.
“The underlying anatomical correlates of long-term meditation.” Neuroimage, Vol. 45, Issue 3, April 15, 2009, pages 672-678.
Mindfulness practice improves brain structures in two months. Measurable improvements in brain modules associated with learning, memory, empathy, and stress found after eight weeks of mindfulness training.
“Mindfulness practice leads to increase in regional brain gray matter density”, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Vol. 191, January 30 2011, pages 36-43.
Mindfulness improves decision making.
“Interoception drives increased rational decision-making in meditators …” Frontiers in Neuroscience, 5:49. doi: 10.3389/finis.2011.00049
Mindfulness reduces adverse effects of stress by changing the structure of the amygdale in the brain.
“Stress reduction correlates with structural changes in the amygdale”, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pages 11-17.
Mindfulness improves brain and antibody immune responses to stress.
“Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation”, Psychosomatic Medicine, 65:564-570 (2003)
Mindfulness enhances attention, mood, visual-spatial processing, working memory and cognition.
“Mindfulness meditation improves cognition” Consciousness and Cognition, Vol. 19, Issue 2, June 2010, pages 597-605
Mindfulness reduces Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms by 50%.
“Exposure and mindfulness based therapy for irritable bowel syndrome” Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Sept 2010: 41 (3): 185-90