Mindfulness can enhance:-

well-being
self-awareness and self-acceptance
self-regulation and handling emotions
resilience
pro-social behaviour
attention, memory
self-esteem and self-compassion
sleep quality
immune response

      Mindfulness can reduce:-

stress, irritability
anxiety, worry
depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts
impulsivity
absenteeism, rule breaking
blood pressure, heart rate
sensations of pain
mind-wandering


"Well-conducted mindfulness interventions have been shown to be capable of addressing the problems of the young people who take part, and improve their well-being, reduce worries, anxiety, distress, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep, self esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, and self-regulation and awareness. Adolescents who are mindful, either through temperament or training, tend to experience greater well-being; and mindfulness correlates positively with positive emotion, popularity and friendship-extensiveness, and negatively with negative emotion and anxiety."

(Miners, 2008)

Here are more links to :

—the scientific evidence that demonstrates the benefits of mindfulness

—data on the correlations between mindfulness and well-being.


World-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson's site, with a comprehensive and up-to-date list of research projects:

http://www.investigatinghealthyminds.org/cihmScientificPub.html

 

World-renowned neuroscientist Tania Singer presents her e-book on neuroscience and compassion training:

http://www.compassion-training.org

 

More research here:

http://www.mindful.org/the-science