There are so many amazing benefits of meditation. Not only does it make you feel good in the moment while meditating, but it also actually changes the way your brain operates, and scientific research has proven it.
You've probably heard about all of the elite athletes, business leaders, and other successful people talking about the power of meditation. Here are 7 benefits, backed by science, to help you better understand how a daily meditation practice can improve your life.
1. Lowers Stress
"Meditation has been proven to decrease mood disturbances and stress symptoms in both male and female patients..." Read the entire study here
2. Reduces pain
"After four-days of mindfulness meditation training, meditating in the presence of noxious stimulation significantly reduced pain-unpleasantness by 57% and pain-intensity ratings by 40% when compared to rest." Read the entire study here
3. Increases brain grey matter (which helps process information)
"Meditation practice has been shown not only to benefit higher-order cognitive functions but also to alter brain activity. " Read the entire study here
4. Improves happiness
"A short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function. These findings suggest that meditation may change brain and immune function in positive ways." Read the entire study here
5. Improves body awareness
"Results indicated a linear relationship in coherence, with meditators having highest levels... We conclude that the coherence between subjective and cardiac aspects of emotion is greater in those who have specialized training that promotes greater body awareness." Read entire study here
6. Enhanced focus and attention
"Brief mindfulness training significantly improved visuo-spatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning. Our findings suggest that 4 days of meditation training can enhance the ability to sustain attention; benefits that have previously been reported with long-term meditators." Read the entire study here
7. Improves handling of difficult emotions
"Meditation may be associated with structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing. The data further suggest that meditation may impact aggregated declines in cortical structure." Read entire study here