Cognitive Benefits of Mindfulness

BY Aditya Shukla

Mindfulness is like focusing attention through a clear lens. Everyday occurs as a “blur,” so mindfulness changes daily life.

What is mindfulness?


It is supercharged attention to the present moment


It is non-judgmental acceptance of your current moment


It is deliberate attention and observation of thoughts and surroundings.Magazine

Improves attention and mental processing

Mindful people develop better attention because it attention practice.


You get more creative

Mindfulness is paying more attention to things that may go unnoticed. This triggers creativity. You then get new perspectives automatically.


Strengthens memory accuracy

Everything you are mindful about will eventually create stronger memories. Strength of memory is proportional to the effort you put into forming it. More attention = stronger memory.


More mental flexibility in depression & anxiety

Depression and anxiety reduce mental flexibility, which makes you fixate and repeat negative thoughts. When mindfulness improves mental flexibility, you can snap out of intrusive thoughts and mood slumps.


Reduces flashbacks in traumatized people

Traumatic flashbacks disrupt daily life. These occur when the brain's attention goes inward and activates the default mode network, which triggers automatic emotional thoughts. Mindfulness blocks the DMN.


Blocks distractions and negative thinking

Mindfulness occupies attention fully, so the brain doesn't get a chance to ruminate or get distracted. So if you are prone to mind-wandering or get intrusive thoughts, mindfulness helps instantly.


Next steps

How do you do mindfulness?

Pay attention and acknowledge what you see and feel. Accept it for what it is.

Use words to capture your experience without interpreting it as good or bad