During the program, children were given lessons on mindfulness techniques, in which they were instructed to intentionally focus on the present - while avoiding making judgments - through a series of breathing, tasting, and movement exercises. Schonert-Reichl said that the study is one of the first to investigate the value of a social and emotional learning program that incorporates mindfulness techniques for children's well-being using a variety of scientific measures, including both biological and neurological tests. Schonert-Reichl said there are several reasons why a mindfulness program would improve a child's math scores.

One of the best breathing and meditation techniques, which can easily be taught to children is the Eiriu Eolas Stress Control, Healing and Rejuvenation Program. They were even better liked by their peers than children in another program that taught caring for others but without a mindfulness component.
The other program, which taught caring for others but without a mindfulness component, was a social responsibility program developed by British Columbia's Ministry of Education.

Researchers have found that participants in mindfulness meditation exercises had increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.

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