Many articles and books point to incredible research-proven benefits from practicing mindfulness and gratitude, including the following:
- Lessens anxiety.
- Cultivates compassion.
- Improves behavior.
- Reduces stress.
- Boosts concentration and memory.
- Triggers the parasympathetic system (calming system).
- Fosters resilience.
Here are just a few of the resources that I’ve found helpful:
Davis, PhD, D. and Hayes, PhD, J. (2012, Jul/Aug). What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/07-08/ce-corner.aspx.
Willard, Psyd, Christopher. Growing Up Mindful. Boulder: Sounds True, 2016.
Ackerman, C. (2017, Mar). The 23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain. Retrieved from https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/benefits-of-mindfulness/.
Weare, K. (2012, Apr). Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People. Retrieved from http://prsinstitute.org/downloads/related/spiritual-sciences/meditation/EvidencefortheImpactofMindfulness.pdf.
Froh, J. and Giacomo, B. (2012, Nov). How to Foster Gratitude in Schools. Retrieved from https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_foster_gratitude_in_schools.
The Hawn Foundation. The MindUP Curriculum (Grades Pre-K—2). New York: Scholastic Inc., 2011.