keep calm and meditateSome of you may have seen my earlier post, 10 Science-Based Reasons to START MEDITATING TODAY!, with the infographic showing 10 benefits of meditation. That infographic was inspired by the great success of another article written by the same author, Emma Seppala Ph.D, listing 20 benefits! Here they are:

1 – Increases immune function
2 – Decreases pain
3 – Decreases inflammation at the cellular level
4 – Increases positive emotion
5 – Decreases depression
6 – Decreases anxiety
7 – Decreases stress
8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence
9 – Makes you more compassionate
10 – Makes you feel less lonely
11 – Improves your ability to regulate your emotions
12 – Improves your ability to introspect
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
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
20 – It makes you wise(r). How? By giving you perspective and keeping you real

Research studies seem to indicate that the more you meditate, the more you benefit. It really doesn’t need to take up a lot of your time – all you need to do is set aside a minimum of ten minutes a day, every day.