About Communicating Mindfully
Communication is vital to the success of students, teachers, and business people, and the study of mindful communication not only helps people communicate more effectively, but also offers participants the benefits of mindfulness training in general, which include increased confidence, resilience, and empathy. Mindfulness also has also been shown to improve the immune system, increase productivity, improve sleep, reduce stress, sustain attention, and increase working memory.
- Promotes cooperation
- Reduces blame and reactivity
- Increases ability to identify and express emotions
- Decreases rumination and catastrophizing
- Increases friendliness and approachability
The Communicating Mindfully (CM) curriculum was developed by Professor Dan Huston in 1998. After discovering the benefits of combining mindfulness with communication theory in his own life, Dan developed a college-level communication course to share this transformational approach to communication. Since then, CM has expanded to become a form of professional development and business training. Participants consistently experience increased self-awareness, improved relationships, and an ability to manage a variety of challenges, including learning disabilities, depression, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD, applying mindful communication skills at home and at work, thus increasing their overall happiness and job performance.