Over the past year, we have been talking about the power of mindfulness at work. As we have previously discussed in blogs and articles (here, here and here) and in videos (here and here), mindfulness is a hot trend in leadership and personal development skills.
But is it just a trend? I’d say it is more than just a trend. Mindfulness research shows many benefits, including:
- Reduced anxiety
- Prevention and treatment of depression
- Reduced implicit age and race bias
- Increased quality of life
- Improved cognition, and
- Reduced distractions.
It’s not hard to see how this can translate into improved relationships, increased productivity, and happier people.
Organizations of all types and sizes are incorporating mindfulness into their culture:
- Google saw such an impact on mindfulness practices, they created the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to spread the benefits of mindfulness to the world.
- At Aetna, they hired a Chief Mindfulness Officer and initiated programs to measure the impact of mindfulness training, which demonstrated that a mind-body program showed significantly greater improvements on perceived stress, sleep quality, and the heart rhythm coherence ratio of heart rate variability.
- The Seattle Seahawk’s secret weapon in winning the 2014 Super Bowl? You guessed it, mindfulness. Key skills learned in mindfulness such as focus, ability to be present in the moment, awareness, and thought clarity are easily applied to professional sports.
- Even the US House of Representatives and Senate have been incorporating mindfulness techniques.
Mindfulness is a practice that anyone can learn. Think of it as training your brain. Your brain has the ability to learn and grow as you age. This is known as brain plasticity. Mindfulness is easy, can take only a few minutes a day, and has many benefits. If this is a trend, it is one you don’t want to miss!