Benefits Of Meditation – TOP 6 BENEFITS

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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. 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100 Responses

  1. X. E.

    November 12, 2017 11:11 am

    Could you perhaps add links to the sources? It's understandably hard to find a research without the first name of the researcher when more than one people apparently work in that field.

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  2. Ocean August

    November 28, 2017 6:34 pm

    I've been meditating for 2 years and have noticed some benefits. I meditate about 2-3 hours per day, and can tell you that I certainly have not experienced great surges of motivation or sudden insight like Einstein or Newton had during mere moments of stillness. All that happens for me is I don't think much at all anymore; my mind is like a rock until I really need to think. I still have bad habits, can name 100 people more successful and yes, even more balanced than I. It's helped with a few things, but it hasn't improved my willpower, compassion, or happiness much at all.

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  3. YOUNG Regie

    November 29, 2017 12:25 pm

    my feet stretch so bad i did my first meditation it was wonderful but my feet is so hurt bcuz too bad stretch

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  4. Wolf Mann

    December 10, 2017 4:01 pm

    Top 1 benefits of meditation:
    You can record yourself and shot it to your friends who will laugh when they will see how much of an idiot you are to believe meditation actually fucking helps.

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  5. Chandni Thakker

    February 27, 2018 6:48 am

    Thank you for making this video short sweet and to the point. My mom has been telling me for ages to meditate I would tell her I am going to, but I never did . I really want to start …

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  6. Priyadarshini Ghosh

    March 1, 2018 5:20 pm

    It will take approx 8 weeks to show its effects and there are exactly 8 weeks left for my life changing exam to take place
    Hope I get some benefit of it.

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  7. rune bailey

    March 9, 2018 7:27 am

    Hi I'm struggling with heroin addiction do you know much about overcoming this. Meditation seems like it would resonate with me

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  8. mythic

    March 14, 2018 3:27 pm

    hey im gonna start meditation bcs i gotta work so much and gotta know so many things on a limited time. i simply cant focus on my work or cant make myself learn more new things so thats my problem. does it affect it if i meditate or how can i meditate for that? thx for helping

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  9. Bhushan Nikam

    March 30, 2018 1:55 pm

    Meditation practiced over thousands of years in Indian sub continent but all credit goes to some American doctors who studied meditation for 50 years. This is really nice video, very informative, but need to point out it's origin. Thanks.

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  10. Liam

    May 2, 2018 6:24 am

    I'm gonna start mediation daily, I'm starting off with 5 minutes a day until I feel comfortable raising the amount of time that I'll be meditating

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  11. Iceberg Slim

    May 3, 2018 7:07 pm

    i just want to say thank you for all the informative information. i was looking for info to provide to a friend on this topic in general and came across your chan. You got a new subscriber here. Keep up the great work please. Personally i have been meditating for over 15 years and i must say to anyone reading this… yes it will change your life beyond your wildest dreams.

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  12. All_ 384

    May 27, 2018 12:23 am

    Hi, so if you go beyond 8 weeks of daily meditation your brain will only improve even more?? Thanks

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  13. Akshit Parmar

    June 1, 2018 3:19 pm

    I started with video what to do in your free time after it had a que how to medidate ( before suggestion pops up)
    After it thought what are the benefits of meditation (before suggestion pops up)
    Great job ❤️

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  14. Nijat Abbasli

    June 7, 2018 3:53 am

    the question away from the topic. How can I make such video? Any specific program is needed? I would appreciate your advice.

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  15. Matthew Prior

    June 8, 2018 12:38 am

    I want you to write various racial slurs for every race of people and senseless profanity all over me with your fast writing blue and black sharpie hand. ✍🏿

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  16. John Smith

    June 21, 2018 2:59 am

    I meditate for 20 minutes a day right at 7 PM. I set an alarm to ring at 7 PM every single day of the year and then stop whatever I'm doing, sit down on a rug, and use Insight Timer to set a 20 minute alarm.

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  17. Taavi Pent

    June 29, 2018 9:53 pm

    This entire video in text form:

    1. Physically changes your brain.

    – Meditating for just 8 weeks increases brain size in three beneficial areas
    Left hippocampus – learning ability (ability to retain information)
    Poster cingulate cortex – ability to control how the mind wanders
    Temporo parietal junction – grows emapthy & compassion
    Amygdala – decreases cell volume (responsible for fear, stress & anxiety)

    2. Reduces bad emotions

    Stress – too much of it is bad (like anything else). (Helps you better manage stress & dramatically decreases the negative side effects of stress).
    Depression – "Just as much as commonly prescribed anti-depressant drugs" (31% less chance of relapsing)
    Anxiety – Dramatically reduces anxiety symptoms (the general anxiety disorder)

    3. Helps overcome bad habits

    (Stimulates the) Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (responsible for willpower)

    4. Concentrate & focus better

    – Increases ability to concentrate.
    – Increased the length of which workers were able to concentrate on a single task.

    5. Extremely healthy

    – Meditation decreases the amount of c-reactive protein in the blood (correlates with hearth disease)
    – Significant drop in inflmmation
    – In 3 months time will decrease the blood pressure to a much more beneficial state.
    – Can protect the length of your telomeres.
    – Will slow down aging.

    6. Makes you more intune with your well-being.

    – 30 times the level of gamma waves (assoociated with intelligence, compassion, self-control, and feelings of well-being.

    Your welcome 🙂

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  18. Dhruv Krishna

    July 7, 2018 6:42 pm

    1. Changes your brain structure to improve your life
    2. Reduces bad emotions like stress, depression and anxiety
    3. Helps overcome bad habits by stimulating brain growth in willpower
    4. Increases ability to concentrate and focus
    5. Is better for health such as decreasing risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure and decrease telomere length
    6. Makes you happier

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  19. Swarup Das

    July 16, 2018 5:41 pm

    The entire world studies the way of mystical India and its ways. In India, people follow everything except India's gift and elixir of life passed down by the sages to us. We adapt to pizza, beer, jeans, cold drinks, wearing next to nude clothes and what not. The West now teach the East how to meditate. Strange transitions. And I appreciate all who promotes meditation.

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  20. Karen Field

    August 2, 2018 9:22 am

    I keep wondering if there's some secret magic one delves into when meditating. Everyone talks about its benefits, but what do u actually do? Is it just thinking, breathing, out of body experience, I don't quite know what actually happens. I really am intrigued and keen to try, but I'm so puzzled!!! Help!

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  21. tyler wagner

    August 9, 2018 12:17 am

    Its crazy I just meditated for the first time and the amount of negative thoughts and emotions that came up was crazy. I have alot of anger and frustration inside from what I got from it. Feel better already.

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  22. Joannelauroree

    September 12, 2018 12:14 am

    can i listen to those meditation music playlists? with the peaceful music, I meditated once before a while ago and it helped focus..this is something that I want to get into the routine of, should I wait till im more experienced?

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  23. a banana

    September 15, 2018 8:49 am

    i dont have a particular routine for meditation but i try on a consistent basis, when i dont need to use my mind, to enter a meditative state. at first its hard to silence exessive thinking. but with practice, thoughts have less of a pull and you are no longer thrown around or at the mercy of your own mind. its seriously beneficial to heath.

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  24. CR7

    September 30, 2018 5:43 pm

    Some serious benefits. Amazingly put with all the research as premise. I think I can trust you with the information. Thankyou. Cant wait to start 'breathing mindfulness meditation'. Thanx once again.

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  25. Afnan Abbas

    December 14, 2018 8:04 pm

    i'hve been watching all your video but i hve a problem to understand the subtittle, soooo please put indonesia subtitle dude..

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  26. Imy B

    December 17, 2018 11:58 am

    i’m someone who laughs a lot. but i laugh where i shouldn’t. so if i start meditation, am i going to be able to control myself for not to laugh where i shouldn’t ? because it’s annoying af

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  27. Redfrog101

    January 27, 2019 10:16 am

    As someone who has had severe anxiety for years I can’t tell you how much meditation has changed my life, if you haven’t tried it, try it

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  28. ProTaMaka

    March 17, 2019 8:41 am

    While you meditate you dont think, so you dont think negative thoughts, so you become happier!

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  29. Gaming Dude

    May 6, 2019 11:46 pm

    Thank you so much for making these videos. I need to get into this, as I get stressed out alot. This is is very informative and helpful

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  30. Suman Jain

    July 22, 2019 1:06 pm

    Hey Please help me out, I started meditation then I stopped and this thing is happening for some time, please motivate me to continue it

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