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health benefits

the relaxation response triggers health benefits in a wide range of areas

To name a few...

  • immunity
  • fertility
  • digestive system (IBS - irritable bowel syndrome for example)
  • blood presssure and heart-related disorders
  • stress
  • migraines
  • depression and mood disorders
  • inflammation
  • auto-immune diseases


and much more...


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mindfulness alleviates depression


In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.

For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me...
Within me, there's something stronger... something better, pushing right back.


Albert Camus



Professor Williams co-developed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a treatment for anxiety, stress and depression that is at least as effective as drugs at preventing new episodes of depression. It's now one of the preferred treatments for depression recommended by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). 



The Uses Of Sorrow

(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.


Mary Oliver, Thirst

the medical research on the effects of a mindfulness practice in young people


Secular mindfulness for adults has been proven over and over again with multiple scientific studies that it is effective in improving general well-being, and a variety of physical and mental ailments.


In the last few years a number of studies that involve a younger population has been geared to test the effectiveness of similar programmes in schools, summer camps or other settings. These scientific studies are very promising and have showed so far similar results.



The entire fruit is already in the seed.




'The whole world is full of miracles; it's just we're so used to seeing them we call them ordinary things.' Hans Christian Andersen


There are three main areas where mindfulness is scientifically proven to have benefits on young people.




Mindfulness has a positive impact on 









A number of scientific studies have been made and showed


an increase in


Ability to make relationships and social skills


Calm and relaxation

Sleep - both in quality and time - 

Motivation, optimism and resilience

Self-acceptance, self-awareness, self-care

Academic performance

Ability to problem solve, plan, initiate, control and monitor one’s own actions

Focus and sustained attention

Competence and effectiveness

Confidence and self-esteem

Mental flexibility

A sense of connection with nature




a  decrease in 


Anxiety – test anxiety - and stress

Hyperactivity and impulsivity

Behaviour problems

Negative emotions and depressive symptoms

Somatic distress

Substance use

Blood pressure and heart rate 









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