Many people claim meditation helps to relieve their daily stresses. A new study provides objective evidence which supports the claims. Researchers found cortisol levels from hair samples decreased by 25% following a six-month meditation training program.
Mindful meditation causes those who consider themselves to be more "independent-minded" or egocentric to become less generous and more selfish, researchers report.
Mindfulness training can help increase optimism, enhance positive mood, and negate some of the effects of stress by improving mental health in school-aged children.
Often touted as helping to improve personal mental states, a new study reveals mindfulness can actually make people more selfish. Those who consider themselves to be more independent-minded, rather than having a pluralistic mindset, demonstrate a decrease in prosocial behavior following mindful meditation.
In most community settings, compared with doing nothing, mindfulness reduced stress, anxiety, depression, and increased wellbeing. However, in some cases, mindfulness may be no better than other practices to reduce anxiety and depression.
Tenacity, a newly developed video game that promotes mindfulness, alters connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the inferior parietal cortex. These areas of the brain are critical for attention. After playing the game for a short period, participants reported improvements in attention.