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Mindfulness could be a foundation for maths

Mindfulness exercises developed by Goldie Hawn’s Foundation improves children’s math scores

Research in the US suggests that fourth and fifth grade students who undertake mindfulness exercises have 15% better maths scores than their peers. In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body – combats stress; protects your heart; shortens headaches and migraines, and possibly even extends life. However a new trial published in the American journal Developmental Psychology, suggests the effects are also powerful in children as young as 9 – so much that improving mindfulness improves everything from social skills to maths scores. The programme - called MindUP – has been developed by Goldie Hawn’s Foundation and is being used in schools across the US and Canada and beyond with considerable success.