Do we even need to mention that a relaxed mind is indispensable for any kind of encounter in life? On this note, University of California (UCSF) scientists have now revealed that meditation could help in enhancing emotional behaviors of teachers.
The study constituted nearly 82 female teachers in the age-group 25 to 60. They were exposed to a meditation program involving concentration, mindfulness and attitudes such as compassion and empathy. The subjects comprehended the link between cognition and emotion in the process. This subsequently led to improved interpersonal relationships and mental health.
“The findings suggest that increased awareness of mental processes can influence emotional behavior. The study is particularly important because opportunities for reflection and contemplation seem to be fading in our fast-paced, technology-driven culture,” commented lead author Margaret Kemeny, PhD, director of the Health Psychology Program in UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry.
In terms of the teacher’s marital affairs, their facial expressions towards their partners were taken note of. According to the results, those who practiced meditation apparently experienced reduction in their levels of depression. The subjects’ hostile gestures towards their better halves also seemed to decrease. Moreover, the positive effect stayed for nearly 5 months, as seen in the follow-up trial.
While most of us already know the beneficial influences of meditation on our lives, its long-term effects are not generally spoken about. The teaching profession was considered for the analysis as they are prone to high stress.
The report is published in the journal, Emotion.