Top 06 Benefits Of Meditation | Healthy Mind — Think Big


Meditation has been the focus of thousands of studies over the past 50 years. Today we’re going to take a look at the top six benefits adopting a meditation habit can have for you.


01. Physically Changes Your Brain : A study conducted in 2011 at Harvard, led by a Dr. Sarah Lazar, found that meditating for just eight weeks increases your brain size in three crucial areas. The left hippocampus, which is responsible for your ability to learn as well as your ability to retain information, the posterior cingulate, which is involved in your ability to control where your mind wanders, and the temporal parental junction, which is responsible for empathy and compassion. Meditation doesn’t only grow the good parts of your brain. The same study found that after eight weeks of meditation, there were also decreases in cell volume in the amygdala, which is the area of your brain that is responsible for fear, anxiety and stress.

02. Reduces Bad Feelings : To further expand on the last point made they have been numerous studies that looks only at the effects of meditation on emotions such as stress depression and anxiety. Now stress isn’t inherently bad for you in fact the little stress is actually healthy for you. However there are many people who stressed too much and this can cause serious health problems. A study in 2004 found that meditation can help you better manage as well as dramatically decreased the negative side effects of stress. A recent study published on JAMA internal medicine by Professor Willem Kuyken worked with people who suffer from depression. Kuyken found mindfulness meditation helped people quote just as much as commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs and quote people undergoing to study had a thirty-one percent less of a chance of relapsing. A similar study in 2014 managed by a Dr. Elizabeth Hoge worked with people diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. She found that meditating for just eight weeks dramatically reduce the anxiety symptoms. And if all these studies still aren’t enough to convince you that meditation reduces bad feelings, researchers of John Hopkins published a paper on JAMA internal medicine in which they reviewed over 19,000 meditation studies. And they came to the conclusion that meditation helps ease depression and anxiety.

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