Benefits Of Meditation – Top 6 BENEFITS!

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Meditation was practised in India from long
and there were many benefits that were listed. People claimed that it can reduce stress,
can slow ageing, improve concentration and much more. These benefits were too good to believe and
hence, researchers from all over the world spent years to find out if it’s all true. So, after numerous experiment, test cases
and researches, they found out that not only were these claims true, but there are many
more benefits of meditation which most of us don’t know. Hello Everyone, I am Divyanshu. You are watching Boost Your Brain and in this
video, I am gonna tell you about 6 major benefits of Mindfulness Breathing Meditation. Now, in case you are wondering what mindfulness
breathing meditation is, you can check out my dedicated video on that by clicking here. I have also explained how a beginner can start
meditation, so I highly recommend that you check out that video to make the most of it. Let’s begin. So the first benefit is that it physically
changes your brain. Yes, you heard it right. There was a study conducted in 2011 at Harvard
led by Dr SaraLazer found that meditating for just 8 weeks increases your brain size
in 3 beneficial area. The Left Hippocampus which is responsible
for learning ability and ability to retain information. The Posterior Cingulate Cortex which is responsible
for controlling where your mind wanders and Temporal Parietal Junction which is responsible
for empathy and compassion. Meditation just doesn’t grow the good areas
of our brain but also decreases the areas which are responsible for some not so good
things like the same study found out that after practising meditation for 8 weeks, there
were decrease in cell volume in Amygdala which is the area of the brain responsible for fear,
anxiety and stress. Now the second benefit of meditation is that
it reduces bad feelings. Meditating on a regular basis can help reduce
stress, overcome depression and reduce anxiety. Now stress isn’t that bad for us, in fact,
a little stress is healthy and can help us keep motivated but in today’s world, most
of us take a lot of stress which in turn is not healthy for us. Meditating not only helps us manage our stress
better but also dramatically reduces the side effects of stress. Similarly, studies have shown that mindfulness
meditation can help overcome depression. It is as effective as anti-depressant drugs
and results showed that people treated with meditation had 31% fewer chances of relapsing. A similar study in 2014 done by Dr Elizabeth
Hoge proved that meditation helps reduce anxiety symptoms for those who are suffering from
general anxiety disorder. Now the third benefit of meditation is that
it helps us overcome bad habits. Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex is a part of
the brain which is responsible for willpower. A study conducted in 2015 proved that meditation
stimulates growth in this part of the brain resulting in increased willpower. Now there was an experiment conducted where
a few alcoholics were divided in two groups. One group was taught mindfulness meditation
and one group underwent through typical 12 step program to leave alcohol. After 1 year, it was seen that only 8% people
who practised meditation reported relapsing as compared to 20% of participants who went
through 12 step program, hence proving the point. Now the fourth benefit of meditation is that
it increases concentration and helps us focus better. Now there was this experiment conducted where
people were asked to perform some extremely boring tasks like finding the differences
between drawn lines. It was seen that people who had the habit
of meditating regularly performed much better than other people. In our day to day life, we see that people
who practise meditation can sit for longer hours in the office and can focus readily
on the task assigned. Students who meditate regularly can perform
better in studies and can focus better on the courses for the longer duration of time. The fifth benefit of meditation is that it
is extremely healthy. A study conducted on older people in the University
of California, Los Angeles found that it decrease the amount of C-Reactive Protein in the blood
which directly correlates with heart disease. The same study found the significant drop
in inflammation in the body. Regular meditation can decrease high blood
pressure. It also has a direct effect on our body at
the genetic level. A study conducted by Noble Prize Winner Elizabeth
Blackburn in 2010 proved that meditation helps protect the length of telomeres. Now for those of you who don’t know what telomeres
are, well, short telomeres are a marker of accelerated ageing. This is a proof that meditation can actually
slow down the process of ageing. Amazing, isn’t it? Now the sixth benefit of meditation is that
it makes you happier. Now there was this very famous study conducted
in 2004 by Richard Davidson where electrodes were placed on heads of monks who practise
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 feeling of happiness. No wonder why they look so calm, happy and
satisfied. Practising meditation increases positive emotions
which increase over time if practised on a daily basis. So, it doesn’t come to us a surprise that
top performers of the world today like CEO, Entrepreneurs, sports people, etc are all
started to meditate. It only helps them and they can keep performing
better with every passing day. So, friends, these were the 6 most common
benefits of meditation. In case you have any doubts regarding any
of them, feel free to let me know in the comments section below as I reply to every single comment. Like this video and share it with your friends. Subscribe to my channel by clicking that red
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