This paper focuses on the concepts of mindfulness and how it can be applied to early education to reduce stress, encourage positive behavior, and help students be more empathetic successful productive human beings. The mindful based curriculum includes mindful movement, mindful eating, mindful breathing, mindful rest, self-regulation skills, empathy, and compassion building skills. Teaching these skills to youths has proven effective in increasing self-esteem, lowering stress levels, reducing bullying and increasing compassion. Children that are taught in an environment that promotes mindfulness are more likely to succeed according to research. With an introduction to the history of mindfulness and the mindfulness movement in Western culture, this paper gives a full and comprehensive understanding of not only why mindfulness is a valuable tool but also demonstrates how studies reflect positive results which encourage further research and application.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Debra Erikson

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type