Therapeutic interventions that incorporate positive psychology and mindfulness have become very popular, especially within the corporate world. The goal of companies seeking such interventions is usually to find a way to produce positive effects on psychological well being. There have been many great strides made in the way of positive mindfulness, but one that has taken the world by storm is the sport of kitesurfing.

As a new form of therapeutic intervention, kitesurfing is much more than just a mindful way of blowing off steam. It has a growing reputation for the dedication and skills required to master the sport – the same dedication and skills that are being applied to the workplace. While kitesurfing may be the ultimate carefree pastime, it makes for the perfect metaphor, not to mention a great activity, for the promotion of positive mindfulness.

Socializing

While you can kitesurf on your own, it is generally a sport done in groups, making it an excellent way to get out and socialize. Since kitesurfing tends to attract those looking for that extra challenge, these types of people can be invaluable business contacts. More and more entrepreneurs and exectives are taking to the sport for these reasons, but it’s not always about business. Kitesurfing also brings with it learning new strategies and skill-sets from others similar to you.

Positive Mindfulness

Learning to pay attention and acquire more acute awareness of your present situation has many proven health benefits. Being aware of the here and now means being aware of things such as pain, anxiety and depression as well as anatomic changes in the areas of the brain associated with emotion, memory and learning. Focusing on kitesurfing and applying your skills to controlling your kite and board is a healthy way to temporarily let go of yesterday’s headaches and tomorrow’s deadlines.

The Benefits of Nature

There have been several studies conducted on the health benefits of outdoor activities and natural green space, however, new studies have come to light about the health benefits outdoor activities and blue space. Research shows that there are numerous mind and body benefits that include restorative power for those who take to the open water. A different study, the first of its kind, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine shows the physiological demands of kitesurfing were sustained by aerobic metabolism, making it an excellent exercise choice.

Kitesurfing is a perfect example of a triumph of optimism over the wear and tear of our daily lives. When you combine the benefits of socializing with highly successful like-minded individuals with the effects of positive mindfulness and the health benefits of being in a beautiful, natural environment, it’s no wonder kitesurfing is taking the business world by storm. If you think about it, what is the purpose of having a sound mind and strong body without the spirit of enjoyment?

 
Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21071182
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18841379

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