Can mindful management make more money?

Author: Dr William Van Gordon, Associate Professor in Contemplative Psychology at the University of Derby

This post was originally published by the Derby University Blog on 24th January 2018.


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Dr William Van Gordon, from the Centre for Psychological Research at University of Derby discusses mindfulness as a solution to stress-related illness which results in time off work.

According to the UK Health and Safety Executive, work-related stress results in a loss to the UK of 10 million working days each year and similar statistics are reported for the US.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness derives from Buddhist meditation and involves being aware of the present moment. During the last decade, mindfulness has become popular in the West, especially as a means of helping people remain calm and cope with the stresses and strains of modern living.

If we are ruminating about the past or day-dreaming about the future, it’s probable that we are missing what is happening here and now. Mindfulness involves living in the present moment because this is the only place where we can truly experience and embrace life. In essence, mindfulness is about observing ourselves participating in the present moment. It is about observing ourselves breathing, thinking while smiling as we endeavor to make the most of our short time on this earth.

Mindfulness as a treatment

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