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Mindfulness for Health: Research Evidence

There is a large & growing body of scientific research into Mindfulness.

The Breathworks course book "Mindfulness for Health" includes information on some of the benefits & references to the scientific papers. Some of the benefits outlined in the book are summarised here.


  • Mindfulness can dramatically reduce pain and the emotional reaction to it.

  • Clinical trials show that mindfulness improves mood and quality of life in some chronic pain conditions.

  • Mindfulness improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds.

  • Meditation improves emotional intelligence.

  • Mindfulness is a potent antidote to anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability.

  • Mindfulness is at least as good as drugs or counselling for the treatment of clinical-level depression.

  • Mindfulness reduces addictive and self-destructive behaviour.

  • Meditation enhances brain function. It increases grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self control, and attention. It soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds those areas that lift mood and promote learning.

  • Meditation improves the immune system.

  • Meditation and mindfulness improve control of blood sugar in type 2 diabetes.

  • Meditation improves heart and circulatory health.

See more research details on the breathworks website

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