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  • Benefits of meditation.

  • 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.

  • The first benefit is that it

  • 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. The second

  • benefit of meditation is that it 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.

  • 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 your typical

  • 12-step program. They found that only

  • eight percent of participants in the

  • mindfulness meditation program reported

  • relapsing a year later. As compared to

  • twenty percent 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 perform extremely

  • 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 ability to

  • concentrate. Another study conducted at

  • the University of Washington by a

  • professor dr. Levy found that meditation

  • increase 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 angeles

  • found that meditation decreased amount

  • of c-reactive protein in the blood, which

  • directly correlates with the development

  • of heart disease. This same study found a

  • drop in inflammation in the body.

  • Another study conducted at the Benson

  • Henry Institute for mind-body medicine

  • in Boston looked at a group of

  • hypertension patients. They discovered

  • with just three 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 effect on your body

  • and a genetic level. They found that

  • meditation could protect the length of

  • your telomeres. For those of you 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 makes you happier. In a famous study

  • conducted in 2004 by a dr. Richard

  • 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 show

  • that a meditation practice produce

  • positive emotions that increased over

  • time as you practiced it on a daily

  • basis. So it's no surprise why some of

  • the top performers of the world today

  • like CEOs, sports teams and entrepreneurs

  • are all jumping on the meditation

  • bandwagon.

  • There's just so many positive benefits.

  • In our next video we're going to talk

  • about exactly how to meditate, so you can

  • reap all of these benefits. So if you

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