Aug 16, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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College of Nursing

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces the practice of mindfulness, the ability to fully attend to the present with curiosity, openness, and interest. Research shows that practicing mindfulness reduces unproductive worry about the future and rumination about the past. It helps students build skills for managing stress, clarifying their own values and goals, and acting in accordance with them, which often improves academic productivity, the quality of relationships with others, and general happiness and well- being. Although mindfulness was originally discussed in Eastern meditation traditions, this course takes a secular and scientific perspective. Mindfulness is understood as a set of skills that anyone can develop through practice. Just as physical exercise improves strength and fitness, evidence suggests that developing one s mental mindfulness ‘muscles’ reduces fear, anxiety, and depression and facilitates wise decision-making in stressful situations. As with any mental or physical skill (like learning to solve math problems or ride a bicycle) mindfulness requires practice and may feel awkward and uncomfortable at first. This course is designed in a logical sequence that builds skills gradually through brief lectures, discussions, short in-class exercises, out-of-class assignments, and brief essays. For most people, the rewards of learning mindfulness skills are a happier, more focused, more satisfying life.

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