science and research

Mindfulness can be useful for a variety of reasons and benefits and the number of areas that mindfulness is being applied to is growing. Thousands of research papers have now been written on the applications of mindfulness, sandrnwdropletand its impact on people's lives. Here we provide links to a sample of this research. What follows has been taken from If you would like to look at more research we recommend that you visit their site.

Physical health

One of the most important areas of research has been around the use of Mindfulness within the treatment of long-term physical health conditions. breathworksBreathworks were one of the pioneers of using mindfulness to ease pain and illness. As with all the courses we run it has been scientifically researched.

These are a couple of research studies on mindfulness for pain and chronic illness.

In the workplace

Mindfulness in the workplace has been popularised by a number of global companies including Google. However, among smaller businesses mindfulness is not yet widespread. There is growing evidence, shown by initial studies, that mindfulness in the workplace can have a number of positive effects. These include a decrease in perceived stress.

research extracts

An increase in better concentration levels including memory tasks and multi-tasking “'nitial results from a study of the effects of meditation on multitasking performance',
(Levy, D M et al, Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, 2011).


'Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion'.
(An independent review of mental health and employers by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer.)


'We have calculated the cost of poor mental health in the workplace to be a significant number at £33bn-£42bn; the mid-point of which is equivalent to almost 2% of UK GDP (2016). This cost is borne by businesses of all sizes and across all industries, with our analysis showing the costs per employee ranging from £497 – £2564, depending on the industry and sector. Our research has also found that the return on investment of workplace mental health interventions is overwhelmingly positive, with an average ROI of 4:1.' (Deloitte)