Good question! The fact that you're here reading this means there's a good chance you already suspect it might make a difference. The internet is awash with reasons why you should meditate but it can be hard to see the wood for the trees.
WHAT THE SCIENCE SAYS
Our minds are world class at stopping us from changing how we do things - coming up with great stories for why we can't and shouldn’t do it. So think of this as all the ammunition you need:
1. Time Magazine
Strongest Study Yet Shows Meditation Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
After roughly five years of follow-up, the researchers found a 48% reduction in the overall risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from any cause among members of the meditation group compared to those from the health education group. “It’s like discovering a whole new class of medications,” Schneider says of the power of meditation in improving the patients’ health.
Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit
“There is a true biological effect,” said Denninger, director of research at one of Harvard Medical School’s teaching hospitals. “The kinds of things that happen when you meditate do have effects throughout the body, not just in the brain.”
3. Psychology Today
20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today
“When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released.”
4. The Harvard Gazette
Wandering mind not a happy mind
“Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and to ‘be here now,’” Killingsworth and Gilbert note in Science. “These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”
This new research, the authors say, suggests that these traditions are right.
5. TedX Cambridge
Meditation literally changes your brain
Neuroscientist Sara Lazar's amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress. So a 50 year old can have the brain of a 25 year old!
IN A NUTSHELL
Here’s a ‘Top 5' of things you need to know:
It literally changes your mind:
- increasing how much you activate the “thinking” part of your brain versus the “reacting” part of your brain
It boosts your emotional resilience:
- proven to be helpful in the treatment of both anxiety and depression
It makes you happier:
- so many reasons for this one! Not least because you can connect with your life in a more positive way
It makes you healthier
- check out the links above to some compelling research
It improves your relationships
- better connection with yourself, better sense of connection with others