Evidence for Mindfulness for Physically Altering the Brain
Mindfulness is such a powerful tool that it can even physically alter the properties of the brain. The traditional view of personal characteristics such as positivity was that they were fixed, but those who practice Mindfulness show increased thickness in areas of the brain associated with certain personality traits (6, 3). Areas such as the right prefrontal cortex and right anterior insula, which are associated with decision-making and attention, show increased thickness in Mindfulness meditators compared to non-meditators (7). Similarly, the left pre-frontal cortex, which is associated with positive emotions, shows greater activation in those taking Mindfulness training whilst being much less active in depressed people (8).
In conclusion, the evidence suggests Mindfulness to be a powerful and effective tool at helping with stress, anxiety and depression. It comes with the added benefits that anyone can learn Mindfulness practices, they can be practiced at any time or place and encourages all of us to look after our own wellbeing.
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