There are lots of reasons. Some people enjoy the space mindfulness gives them in the middle of a frantic day – a chance to just stop, breathe and ‘be’ for a bit. But there is also good evidence that a proper mindfulness course can help with issues like anxiety, stress and depression, as well as helping people cope with illness and pain. Some studies show that practising mindfulness can help people feel not only more positive, but kinder towards themselves and others. Some find it helps with concentration and memory, others with performance in music, drama and sport.