Why Mindfulness Works
Though the research around mindfulness and anxiety is fairly new, there has been promising evidence that meditation can be used to help manage and alleviate anxiety. Mindfulness has been found to change the portion of the brain responsible for managing our thoughts about ourselves. This means by practicing mindfulness students start to see fear-based responses differently and grow to be able to choose whether they engage in that response or choose a new one.
Goldin, P. R., & Gross, J. J. (2010). Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on emotion regulation in social anxiety disorder. Emotion. 10, 1. 83-91
Why Positive Psychology Works
Shawn Achor, leader in Positive Psychology and author of The Happiness Advantage, has found that our brains are 31% more effective at positive compared to negative, neutral or stressed. A salesman is 37% more effective at sales while a doctor is 19% more faster, more accurate at coming up with correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed.
Many students experiencing anxiety believe a stress-based response is the only way to accomplish anything. Achor's findings scientifically disprove their mindset.