Evidence That It Works
While research on the effects of mindfulness on children and teens is still in the early stages, a 2014 meta-analysis that focuses on 24 studies of K-12 students demonstrated changes in students’ attention and resilience to stress, including positive emotions, self-esteem, and self-concept. Apart from affecting student well-being, some research studies suggest that mindfulness practices can also foster curiosity and learning.
Why Does It Matter?
Many mindfulness practices involve turning inward to observe thoughts, breath patterns, and body sensations. However, this practice also prompts students to turn outward and engage with their peers.
Students may benefit from “Flow and Tell” because they are practicing paying attention paying attention to themselves and others in the present moment—a skill that may ultimately improve their executive function (e.g., attention, self-control, memory) and academic achievement.
In addition, mindful listening is when we let go of our agendas and ideas to truly hear another person’s perspective. The other part of mindful communication is mindful speaking, or speaking authentically. When we can really speak our truth and truly listen, true friendship and connection can thrive.