How Meditation Can Improve Your Career
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You know the basics to climbing the career ladder: Take initiative, work late, and don’t complain. But scientists have stumbled upon another powerful way to get ahead at the office: Meditation.
According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science, people make more decisive and rational business decisions after just a 15-minute meditation session. Those who practice mindfulness also receive higher performance ratings and are less likely to quit. What’s more, even if you’re not Zen, it could help you to have a boss who is, as the study found employees tend to perform better when their managers are meditators.
The need to get spiritual has not been lost on many major companies: Orbitz recently introduced a meditation and prayer center to its Chicago location after noticing employees sneaking into stairwells for peace and quiet. And HBO, Proctor and Gamble, and Deutsche Bank are among corporations offering meditation programs to employees.
For those unfamiliar with the centuries-old practice, meditation has moved way beyond the hippy-dippy. Its devotees include politicians, Fortune 500 execs, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and athletes: In 2013, when the football team the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, its coach pointed to daily meditation as one reason. The medical community has also acknowledged meditation as a legitimate healing tool, with the Mayo Clinic calling it “mind-body complementary medicine” that’s a proven method for stress relief.
Sounds relaxing. But how can meditation help when you’re hunched over spreadsheets or stuck on a conference call?
“The basic principals of meditation — discipline, focus, deep breathing — can absolutely improve your job performance because you’ll make smarter decisions when you’re centered,” Suze Yalof Schwartz, founder of the studio Unplug Meditation in Los Angeles, tells Yahoo Health.