Benifits of Meditation
Mediatation has been the focus of thousands of studies over the past 50 years.
Today we are gonna take a look at the top 6 benifits
adopting a medication habit can have for you.
The first benefit is that it physically changes your brain.
A study conducted in 2011 at Harvard
led by a Dr. Sara Lazer found that
meditating for just 8 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 temporo parietal 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 a 8 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.
The second benefit of medication is that it reduces bad feelings.
To further expand on the last point made,
there have been numerous studies that look solely at the facts
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 stress are too much
and this can cause serious health problems.
A study in 2004 found that medication can help you better manage
as well as dramatically decrease 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 help people
“Just as much as commonly prescribed anti-depressant drugs”.
“People undergoing the study had a
31% less of a chance of relapsing”.
A similar study in 2014 managed by a Dr. Elizabeth Hoge
worked with people diagnose of general anxiety disorder.
She found that meditating for just 8 weeks dramatically reduce the anxiety symptoms.
And if all of 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.
The third benefit of meditation is that it helps you overcome bad habits.
The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is the part of your brain
that is responsible for willpower.
A study conducted in 2015 found that
meditation stimulates growth in this part of your brain.
A study in 2014 conducted by a Dr. Sarah Bowen
separated a large group of alcoholics into two smaller groups.
One group was taught mindfulness meditation while the other followed the typical 12 step program.
They found that only 8% of participants
in the mindfulness meditation program reported relapsing a year later.
As compare to 20% of participants in
the 12 step program reported relapsing a year later.
The fourth benefit of meditation is that
it increases your ability to concentrate and focus.
A study in 2010 conducted by a DR. Catherine Maclean
of the university of California Davis
had subjects performing extemely boring tasks
such as looking for small differences in lines.
She found that the group who underwent meditation
during the course of the study performed significantly better.
Suggesting that meditation increases your abilty to concentrate.
Another study conducted at the University of Washington by a professor Dr. Levy
found that meditation increased the length of
which workers were able to concentrate on a single task.
The fifth benefit of meditation is that it is extremely healthy.
A study conducted on older adults at the University of California, Los Angles
found that meditation decreases the amount of C-Reactive protein in the blood
which directly correlates with the development of the heart desease.
The same study found a drop in inflammation in the body.
Another study conducted at Bens Henry Institute for mind-body medicine in Boston
looked at a group of hypertension patients.
They discovered with just 3 months of meditation practice,
the patients were able to drastically decrease their blood pressure.
The most mind blowing of all was a study
conducted in 2010 by Nobel Prize winner, Elizabeth Blackburn.
She found that meditation had the affect
on your body at a genetic level.
They found that meditation could protect the length of your telomeres.
For those who don’t know what telomeres are,
short telomeres are a marker for accelerated aging.
This is evidence that meditation may slow down the process of aging.
And finally but definitely not least,
the sixth benefit of meditation is that it makes you happier.
In a famous study conducted in 2004 by a Dr. Richad Davidson,
he placed electrodes on the heads of monks
who are practitioners of meditation for years.
He discovered that the monks had
30 times the normal amount of gamma waves,
which are associated with intelligence, compassion,
self-control and feelings of happiness in the brain.
Another study published in 2008 in the
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
by professor Barbara Fredrickson stated that
the results showed that a meditation practice
produced positive emotions that increased over time
as you practiced it on a daily basis.
So it’s to no surprise why some of the top performers of the world today,
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like CEOs, sports teams and entrepreneurs are all jumping on the meditation bandwagon.
There are just so many positive benefits.
In our next video, we are gonna talk about exactly how to meditate,
so you can reap all of these benefits.
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