Here is an excerpt from a Psychology Today article written by Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.

The author begins by describing her what she felt was an “out-of-control” life while she lives in Manhattan where it seemed she was at the mercy of a chaotic external environment. She began meditating only because it gave her a sense of having control over something – her own mind. When she began to experience the benefits – becoming healthier, happier and more successful, she decided to devote her PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. Over time she saw people from diverse backgrounds –  from college students to combat veterans benefit.

From the results of her studies, here are 20 benefits of meditation that have been scientifically proven:

It Boosts Your HEALTH

1 – Increases immune function

2 – Decreases Pain

3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

4 – Increases Positive Emotion

5 – Decreases Depression

6 – Decreases Anxiety

7 – Decreases Stress

It Boosts Your SOCIAL 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:

8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence

9 – Makes you more compassionate

10 – Makes you feel less lonely

It Boosts Your Self-Control

11 – Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (Ever flown off the handle or not been able to quiet your mind? Here’s the key)

12 – Improves your ability to introspect

It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)

13 – Increases grey matter

14 – Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control

15 – Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention

It Improves Your Productivity (yup, by doing nothing)

16 – Increases your focus & attention

17 – Improves your ability to multitask

18 – Improves your memory

19 – Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box

  1. It Makes You WISE(R)