5 Reasons Meditation is Good for You
Meditation isn’t just for the airy-fairy, hippie types. Nope, the world has caught on. Corporate execs, celebrities, and millions of ordinary folks around the globe have started meditating. Why? Scientific studies show that they are a TON of measurable benefits of meditation. Here are just five of the many reasons meditation is an awesome, life-changing daily practice.
Meditation Relieves Stress
Thank goodness, meditation can help alleviate some of the stress we are all dealing with in this go-go-go world.
According to a Harvard University study, regular meditation not only helps us better manage stress, but also helps regulate our emotions overall.
MRI results conducted on meditators during the study revealed that the portion of the brain that deals with emotions thickened after eight weeks. The conclusion – meditation aids in our ability to regulate anxiety, depression, anger, confusion and the things we tend to do compulsively when under pressure – such as overeating. Meditating regularly teaches you to stop, breathe and think before reacting, and even increases mood enhancing hormones.
Meditation Makes You Smarter
Meditation doesn’t just decrease stress, it also trains your brain to be more focused, and strengthens your ability to navigate both internal and external distractions. By stimulating the cerebral cortex and prefrontal cortex, meditation has found to help up-level memory, attention, and perception so you can make wiser decisions and be better at problem-solving.
Meditation Strengthens Your Heart
Beyond the psychological benefits of meditation, scientists have also found that meditation has a world of physiological benefits as well.
In a 2012 study published in American Heart Association journal, research revealed that meditation lowered the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. The study also found that daily meditation helped lower blood pressure, anxiety, and anger.
Meditation Provides Pain Relief
In 2011, MIT and Harvard neuroscientists found that meditation helps to alleviate pain. How? Meditation elevates alpha waves – the cells in the brain that help suppress unwanted senses, such as pain.
Meditation Keeps You Younger, Longer
Researchers at UCLA found that meditation is linked to preserving precious brain function into old age, thus enhancing quality of life among the aging. Meditation, they found, reduced the risk of the mental illnesses and neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging, which are often caused by the decrease of the brain’s gray matter. This gray matter is responsible for muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control.