There is a lot of talk about mindfulness among psychologists today. Find out what mindfulness is and how it differs from meditation in this episode of The Psych Files. What might you use mindfulness for? Well, in addition to what you might expect – reducing stress – mindfulness training is also being used to improve job satisfaction and productivity. Interested in increasing your score on the GRE? Being more mindful might also help out there as well.
The present study demonstrates that a 2-week mindfulness training program can elicit increased WMC (working memory capacity) and superior reading comprehension on the GRE. The practice of mindfulness…entailed promoting a persistent effort to maintain focus on a single aspect of experience, particularly sensations of breathing, despite the frequent interruptions of unrelated perceptions or personal concerns – Mrazek, et. al
Employers might find mindfulness training beneficial for employees who have run into significant stress at work. By encouraging employees to use a few of these techniques, you can reduce workplace stress and help everyone to become more productive. With an increasing number of stress at work claims being brought to insurance companies, it makes sense to do everything in your power to keep your employees in the right state of mind while on the job. This is especially true for those who work in high-stress professions, since they need a break from the constant pressure.
Resources on Mindfulness
- Mrazek, M D, Franklin, M S, Phillips, D T, Baird, B, and Schooler, J W. ‘Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering’, Psychological Science, March 28, 2013
- Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation’s Benefits
- Mindfulness Training Boosts Test Scores
- The Power of Concentration
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