Founders of Mindfulness in Higher Education recently authored an extensive study about the benefits of Daata Mindfulness. It is currently under revision at the request of a top education journal, and will likely be published within the next few months.
Our program has benefitted dozens of people, to the point of changing lives completely. I myself have experienced this personally, seen changes in my wife and friends, and watched complete strangers transform and tap into their inner potential.
But the world tends to turn a skeptical eye toward word-of-mouth testimonials, so we are very excited to have some rigorously tested and validated scientific evidence. We hope this publication can be a great step forward for MHE as we try to unconditionally improve individuals' lives.
Students were trained in Daata Mindfulness over the course of just 3 weeks (!), attending one session per week after their class. They were instructed to also practice 10 minutes a day outside the classroom. Amazingly, the study empirically backed many aspects of Daata Mindfulness that we have already learned through personal experience. Here is a brief summary of the findings from the 4-week Daata Mindfulness program, sans the boring numbers:
3 weeks of Daata Mindfulness practice significantly decreased students' stress. Interestingly, even those who did not practice as consistently as others still had significantly decreased stress. This means that even if you do a little bit, you can see some change in the stress in your life. But more meditation = less stress!
Students' mindfulness also increased significantly. This might seem to be an obvious outcome, but it is beneficial because the survey we used to measure mindfulness has been used in thousands of other studies.
This means that what we are measuring, and what we experience with Daata Mindfulness, is akin to the mindfulness in many other studies.
Perhaps most importantly, students' life satisfaction increased significantly. This is really amazing to me, because it shows how quickly one's perspective on life can change. This means that many students learned to be content with the circumstances of their lives, to take joy in what they have and not to dwell on what they don't have.
Yet, the degree of practice did not have much of an effect on life satisfaction. Just because students meditated a lot didn't mean they got more life satisfaction than those who meditated less. This is actually a concept we often touch on in our sessions: there are a lot of initial gains in the beginning of mindfulness practice, but you might start seeing things that just take time to change. Perhaps your life decisions have resulted in a lifestyle that you realize is toxic for you. Practicing mindfulness won't make you "satisfied" with this, but will give you the motivation you need to change your life for the better.
The study was a lot of fun and a great foundation for what we hope to be years of empirical research about Daata Mindfulness!