A Little Practice Can Go a Long Way

"If you've put off practicing meditation because you envision that it requires long periods of practice before realizing any benefit, take heart: These studies show even a short period a day—probably less than what you spend surfing the Internet—increases your cognitive judgment and your emotional resilience."

~ Douglas LaBier, pointing to recent studies illustrating the benefits of short-term mindfulness practice on decision making, well-being, and resilience. 

  • Creswell, J. D., Pacilio, L. E., Lindsay, E. K., & Brown, K. W. (January 01, 2014). Brief mindfulness meditation training alters psychological and neuroendocrine responses to social evaluative stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 44, 1-12. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140702122535.htm 
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/douglas-labier/, M., Singh, S., Sibinga, E. S., & et al. Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014;174(3):357-368. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13018. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1809754
  • Hafenbrack, A. C., Kinias, Z., & Barsade, S. G. (January 01, 2014). Debiasing the mind through meditation: mindfulness and the sunk-cost bias. Psychological Science, 25 (2), 369-76. http://pss.sagepub.com/content/25/2/369