The study does raise an interesting question, though: Don’t we need to ruminate on negative thoughts if we want to be successful?
Absolutely. I’ve been meditating for five years and I still firmly believe in the value of stress and worry. However, we have a tendency to make the suffering inherent in being alive worse than it needs to be. What mindfulness does is help you draw the line between what I call “constructive anguish” and useless rumination. Maximize the former and minimize the latter and it’s likely to give you a real edge. You’ll be happier, less prone to making emotional decisions, and more popular with the people in your orbit.
There’s a difference between thinking a problem through versus obsessing over it. As relevant as ever in hyper speed NYC where the hectic pace could literally kill you over time. We deal with difficult co-workers, demanding document work, and stressful calls with clients. It’s easy to be caught up in anxiety and letting it kill your productivity. Sometimes in the midst of the chaos, I just close my eyes and take a breath, centering myself in the eye of the storm. That couple of minutes might just save your day. Enjoy your Sunday. The grind starts again tomorrow. And onwards.
(via New York Magazine)