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Elisa Goldstein, Ph.D.Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

Can Mindfulness Make Us More Productive and Happier?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Jan 29th 2013

working at computerWith the speed of life today and technology it’s becoming apparent that we’re beginning to trend more and more toward continuous partial attention being the norm. But there is a cost to this. While we may be more connected than ever our relationships may be less intimate. While we may be able to multi-task with greater efficiency, the quality of our leadership, productivity and work suffers. But there is another way that even corporate America is beginning to take notice of. 

If you’ve followed my work you know I’m an advocate of mindfulness which just means awareness. Or as an exercise is means paying attention on purpose and without our programmed biases. In other words, neuroscience is showing us that we can indeed train our attention to balance out the fractured attention that is starting to become us. 

When the mind jumps back and forth rapidly from one thing to the next we’re actually less productive. 

Just like we can train our bodies to be stronger, more flexible and more resilient, we now know that we can train our brains to be the same and mindfulness is showing to be a key practice that does this. 

In personal life or work it’s a major strength to be able to focus better, have more clarity, be more creative and compassionate with our selves and others. 

Thirty years ago this was seen as alternative, but now even the government is funding research on mindfulness from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and no longer just from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). 

eMindful is a company that broke out with the evidence-based live interactive online short courses for stress reduction and to prevent burn-out. These available to the public now. 

For now, if you have a couple minutes, here is a little something from The Now Effect to step into the pause and practice training the brain to be here:

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from. 

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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