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Better Business through Better Relationships: How Meditation Helps People Understand Themselves and Each Other

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FACT: Meditation improves relationships because it gives people a better ability to understand themselves and others.

We read people’s emotions everyday, often incorrectly: how many times have you mistaken a frown for a sign of disapproval rather than an indication of stress? All too often people project their own fears and insecurities onto others, and in the workplace, that can lead to strained relationships and an imbalanced culture. And nobody wants that -- not employees, not employers.

Seeing others clearly is a key component in positive relationships. A study at Emory University found that meditation makes subjects more equipped to read the emotions on other people’s faces (a handy little trick when navigating the very personal world of business). Furthermore, a study in the Journal of Psychological Science suggested that mindfulness helps us see ourselves more objectively, too.

Yeah, meditation is powerful.

And Journey Meditation is uniquely designed to help every individual see themselves more clearly so they can see the world as it truly is: awesome.

5 Ways Meditation Can Help Your Employees and Boost Your Bottom Line (Right Now!)

The benefits of meditation are incredible when it comes to physical, mental, and emotional health.

According to the US Chamber of Commerce, the top two chronic health conditions driving health-related costs for employers are depression and obesity. Add to that their finding that 60% of employers who offer workplace wellness said the programs reduced their corporate health care costs and the case for meditation in the office becomes even stronger.

Learn about five ways meditation can help your employees and boost your bottom line right now.

More clarity and focus.

In a study led by Harvard researchers, MRI scans showed that meditation decreased gray matter density in the amygdala, the part of the brain that deals with stress and anxiety, and participants reported significant reductions in stress. Another study from University of California Santa Barbara found that undergraduates who took a two-week meditation class revealed marked reductions in mind-wandering (ya know, where your head goes when the clock strikes 4:00 pm). Less stress equals more clarity, it’s as simple as that.

Increased employee loyalty.

Because meditation helps employees feel less stressed, it reduces working hours lost to anxiety, indecision, and self-doubt. Because of this, employees are likely to feel happier and more satisfied with their jobs and lives. If an employer is the one to put this positive cycle into place it won’t go unnoticed. Employees reinvest when they’ve been invested in, and the best way to show your support for your employees’ lives is by genuinely committing to their overall well-being.

Improved communication.

Leave it to Harvard to confirm that people who are stressed out have a harder time organizing their thoughts. In today’s hyper-collaborative professional world, poor communication can be more than an annoyance -- it can be a deal-breaker. Meditation helps employees sort through their heads to identify important ideas from nagging worries. It’s not just about ignoring certain thoughts, it’s about having the tools necessary to acknowledge them and quietly, purposefully move on.

Decreased absenteeism due to illness.

Research from the University of Paris Descartes states that the benefits of physical activity and exercise are enhanced with a meditation practice. There is a direct correlation between what’s happening in the mind and what’s going on in the body, and the sooner people can see and foster that connection, the happier and healthier (and more productive) they’ll be. What does this mean for you as an employer? Less money lost to sick days and spent on health care.

Increased productivity.

People who meditate are more open to handling difficult situations, whether that’s a hectic home life, a day of back-to-back meetings, or a brainstorming session to develop the next big thing. Productivity takes a hit when employees are stuck worrying. Stress creates patterns that lead to isolation and inefficiency, but meditation can help break through all of that. A quick, simple meditation helps employees find calm and balance even in the most chaotic circumstances.

Think about it: What can a little meditation do for your team, your company, and your annual goals?

How Can A Company Cultivate Positive Employee Health? Enter: Meditation

Consider how much your company spends on health care and insurance every year. What if you could minimize those costs while deepening your commitment to every member of your team?

The benefits of meditation are multilayered, ranging from increased focus and elevated levels of productivity to positive emotions and a greater sense of well-being.

And they extend to nutrition. A literature review from UCLA found that people who meditate are more apt to make healthier, life-supporting decisions surrounding nutrition and eating. What that means for your employees is that meditation makes healthy living easier. What that means for your bottom line is that meditation helps to minimize health care and insurance costs. A win-win if we’ve ever seen one.

Maybe you already give your employees a gym membership or free training sessions, but how good are those physical interventions if the mind still needs adjustment? Research from the University of Paris Descartes states that the benefits of physical activity and exercise are enhanced with a meditation practice. There is a direct correlation between what’s happening in the mind and what’s going on in the body, and the sooner people can see and foster that connection, the happier and healthier (and more productive) they’ll be. 

Research also shows that meditation has a positive effect on our daily health behaviors. A study from UCLA shows that individuals who meditate sleep better at night. And what does longer, stronger sleep lead to? A happier, healthier person, someone excited by and committed to making the most of their everyday. (Don’t believe us? See what HuffPo wonder woman Arianna Huffington had to say about sleep in her latest book, The Sleep Revolution.)

This insight and research helps us understand the physiological benefits of meditation, both during and after. Cultivating good employee health starts by creating a trusted space for reflection and the calming aspects of mindfulness. Meditation is the path to guide you and your employees there.