Headspace for Relationships
This series of meditation sessions helps you enjoy healthier, happier relationships.
One US study of married couples found that increased mindfulness through meditation improved marital quality.
Could meditation improve your relationship?
If you’re in a relationship, you naturally want it to succeed, so that both of you are happy, in tune, and growing together. Inevitably though, conflicts happen. Sometimes you may not see eye to eye and your expectations of each other differ. You might find fault with your partner, or vice versa. Or you might be unhappy with yourself, and that makes you difficult to be around. Meditation for relationships might help you to be a little easier on yourself, and on your partner too.
One of the many proven benefits of regular mindfulness meditation is that it improves relationships. Not just with those nearest to you, but also with everyone you meet. You see yourself, your world and the people in your world in a new light. You become more comfortable with yourself, which makes it easier for others to get on with you, and you find it easier to accept them as they are. In fact meditation for relationships can be valuable gift, not just to yourself, but the people around you.
Mindfulness & Marital Quality
One US study of married couples found that increased mindfulness through meditation improved marital quality. It positively influenced the identification and communication of emotions, as well as regulating the expression of anger. 1
How can mindfulness meditation
help your relationship?
A 2007 study by researchers at The University of Rochester revealed that mindfulness practice was associated with greater relationship satisfaction. It was also related to better communication quality during relationship discussions. 2.
Another study, at the University of Leuven, found that couples who meditated displayed more mindful observation and more empathy toward each other. They were inclined towards more mindful description, acting with awareness, and non-judgmental acceptance. With those changes, couples were better able to identify and describe their feelings, more satisfied with their bodies, less anxious socially, and they were less likely to share any distress. 3.
Couples get on better
Yet more research, in the US, evaluated the effects of mindfulness meditation on the relationships of relatively happy, non-distressed couples. It was designed to see if and how these relationships were enhanced. Results suggested that practising mindfulness led the couples to be more satisfied with their relationships and more accepting of and closer to each other.
And three months later, the couples were still experiencing these improvements. Also, the greater their mindfulness on a particular day, the more likely they were to experience enhanced levels of happiness in their relationships. 4.
Now that you can see how mindfulness meditation improves relationships, isn’t it time you tried it? Then treat your head right with Headspace.
- Wachs, K. & Cordova, J. (2007). Mindful Relating: Exploring Mindfulness and Emotion Repertoires in Intimate Relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 33, 4. 464 - 481.
- Barnes, S. et al., (2007). The role of mindfulness in romantic relationship satisfaction and responses to relationship stress. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 33, 4. 482-500.
- Dekeyser, M., Raes, F., Leijssen, M., Leysen, S. & Dewulf, D. (2008). Mindfulness skills and interpersonal behaviour. Personality and Individual Differences. 44, 5. 1235 - 1245.
- Carson, J., Carson, K., Gil, K. & Baucom, D. (2004). Mindfulness-Based Relationship Enhancement. Behavior Therapy. 35, 3. 471 - 494.