Can Mindfulness Make Us More Productive and Happier?
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Jan 29th 2013
With 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).