Mindfulness & relationships

Aristotle remarked that human beings are social animals.

His comment was recently validated by researchers at Harvard University who found that the quality of our closest relationships is the single the most important factor in determining our long-term health and happiness.

Mindfulness fosters a courageous intimacy: to the extent that we are able to remain present for own thoughts and emotions, fears and wonders, we are able to do so for others. This willingness to be so completely available, offering a kind, patient, and non-judgmental presence, creates the foundation for a nourishing, mutually supportive relationships.

As noted in "Mindfulness and the Brain", the practice has also been shown to increase emotional intelligence and empathy, which allow us to recognize and to connect with the emotional needs of others.