Here are 20 scientifically-validated reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon today:
It boosts your health.
2. Decreases pain (seehere)
It boosts yourhappiness.
It boosts yoursocial life.
Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group, which many do!), but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:
10. Makes you feel lesslonely
It boosts yourself-control.
11. Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (see here). (Ever flown off the handle or not been able to quiet your mind? Here's the key.)
It changes your brain (for the better).
13. Increases grey matter (seehere)
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It improves yourproductivity(yup, by doing nothing).
17. Improves your ability to multitask (seehere)
19. Improves your ability to be creative and think outside the box (see research byJ. Schooler)
It makes youwise(r).
20. It gives you perspective.
By observing your mind, you realize you don't have to be a slave to it. You realize it throws tantrums, gets grumpy,jealous, happy, and sad, but that it doesn't have to run you. Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: Clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself.
Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you'll feel more clear and see things with greater perspective. "The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind," writesSri Sri Ravi Shankar. We can't control what happens on the outside but we do have a say over the quality of our mind. No matter what's going on, if your mind is OK, everything is OK. Right now.
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