Meditation is all the rage these days. There’s books, courses and iPhone apps. But does it actually help? Well, it does more than just help. The benefits of meditation are incredibly large and diverse. Let’s take a look.
Slows Down Aging
Meditating daily can actually slow down the aging process. A recent study has shown that daily meditation can actually decrease the volume loss in the brain. Subjects that meditated for twenty years or so had more grey matter volume when compared to those that did not meditate. This shows that meditation can be an incredibly powerful tool to slow down mental decline.
Slows Down The Monkey Mind
Mindfulness meditation can slow down the brain. There is a part of the brain called the default mode network (also known as the monkey brain). Going from one thought to the next is associated with lower happiness, since most of these thoughts can create anxiety and worry.
Mindful meditation can reduce anxiety and lower stress levels. Many diseases are linked to stress. So it makes sense that lowering stress reduces the likelihood of getting sick or helping with current sicknesses. Daily practice can help you cope better with challenging situations and helps cope with excessive stress.
Scientific studies have even shown that meditation increases electrical activity in the frontal lobe, associated with optimistic thoughts. So it can make you a more optimistic and happy person.
Better Than Antidepressants
Suffering from depression? Chuck away those pills, because studies have shown that meditation can be more effective than an antidepressant. So it can make you a happier person as we have seen, but it can actually lift your mood enough to cure depression.
If these benefits aren’t enough to make you want to start meditating, then I doubt you ever will be convinced to start.