Since  1979, much North American research has been devoted to assessing both  the short and long-term effects of incorporating mindfulness practices  into one's life.  The following articles are a small sampling of the  hundreds of studies completed each year:

Stress: "Evaluation of a  Wellness-Based Mindfulness Stress Reduction intervention controlled  trial." Williams, KA, Kolar, MM, Reger, BE, Pearson, JC,: American  Journal of Health Promotion, 2001 Jul-Aug; 15(6) pgs 422-32

Chronic pain: "Four year  follow-up of a meditation-based program for the self-regulation of  chronic pain: treatment outcomes and compliance." Kabat-Zinn, J.,  Lipworth, I.,  Burney, R. and Sellers, W., Clinical Journal of Pain,  1986: vol. 2:159-173

Depression: "Metacognitive  awareness and prevention of relapse in depression: empirical evidence."   Teasdale, JD., Journal of Consultations in Clinical Psychology, 2002  Apr.: vol. 70(2): pgs 275-87

Anxiety Disorders:  "Three-year follow-up and clinical implications of a mindfulness  meditation-based stress reduction intervention in the treatment of  anxiety disorders." Miller J.J., General Hospital Psychiatry, 1995 May:  vol17(3): pgs 193-200

Fibromyalgia: "The impact  of a meditation-based stress reduction program on fibromyalgia." Kaplan  KH, Goldenberg DL, Galvin-Nadeau M.;Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 1993 Sept: vol.  15(5): pgs 284-289

Immunology: "Alterations in  brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation."  Davidson, RJ., Kabat-Zinn, J., et. al.; Psychosomatic Medicine, 2003,  vol. 65: pgs 564-570

More articles and abstracts  can be accessed from the "Research and Bibliography" page of the Center  for Mindfulness - University of Massachusetts Medical School website: http://www.umassmed.edu/Content.aspx?id=41286