Meditation

Meditation Effects in the Classroom

  • 21% increase in high school graduation rate

  • 10% improvement in test scores and GPA

  • Increased attendance and decreased suspensions for high school students

  • Reduced ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning disorders
    Mind & Brain: The Journal of Psychiatry 2 (1): 73-81, 2011

  • Increased intelligence and creativity

  • 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety and depression
    American Journal of Hypertension 22(12): 1326-1331, 2009

  • Reduction in teacher burnout and perceived stress
    Permanante Journal 18 (1): 19-23, 2014

Student Behavior

  • Increase in average daily attendance

  • Statistically significant reduction in days absent for meditating students

  • Reduction in fights

  • Reduction in suspensions

 

Student Wellness

  • Significant reduction in anxiety

  • Significant reduction in depressive symptoms

  • Significant increase in self-esteem

  • Increase in happiness and focus

  • Improvement in sleep and relationships

  • Reduction in anger and stress

 

Teacher Wellness

  • Significant reduction in perceived stress

  • Significant increase in emotional intelligence

  • Significant reduction in negative mood states

"When a person meditates; the effects are pan-systemic, every system of the body is affected from the brain down. It is good for the whole mind-body system."

 

- Frank Staggers, MD, Director of Berkeley Addiction Treatment Services and former Medical Director of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic

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