Dr. Richard Davidson is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and has used MRI machines to study the brain activity of Tibetan monks.
As Fortune's Oliver Ryan reports, "The brain functioning of serious meditators is 'profoundly different' from that of non-meditators -- in ways that suggest an elevated capacity to concentrate and to manage emotions. [Davidson] calls meditation a 'kind of mental training.'"
Meditation for the Workforce
Happiness and productivity are not only related, they're practically indistinguishable. According to the iOpener Institute, in a company with 1,000 employees, increasing happiness in the workplace:
- Reduces the cost of employee turnover by 46 percent
- Reduces the cost of sick leave by 19 percent
- Increases performance and productivity by 12 percent
- Happier employees, compared with their less happy colleagues, spend 40 percent more time focused on tasks and feel energized 65 percent more of the time
- Happier employees also take six fewer sick days a year, and remain in their jobs twice as long.