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April 18, 2016

The Health Impact of Meditation

Emma Seppala, PhD. is Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. She is author of The Happiness Track.

She obtained her BA from Yale and her MA from Columbia University and her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University.

She started meditating after 9/11 when she felt she had no control over the outside world but could do something better about her inner state. The results were so remarkable she devoted her PhD research to studying the impact of meditation.

Here are 20 ways she says meditation will improve your life:

It Boosts Your Health

  • It boosts your immune function
  • Decreases pain
  • Decreases pain at a cellular level

 It Boosts Your Happiness

  • It increases your positive emotion
  • Decreases depression
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Decreases stress

It Boosts Your Social Life

  • Meditation may be solitary or done in groups, but Seppala believes it will:
  • Increase social connection and emotional intelligence
  • Make you more compassionate
  • Make you feel less lonely

It Boosts your Self Control

  • Increases grey matter
  • Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions and self control
  • Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention

It Improves Your Productivity

  • Increases your focus and attention
  • Improves your ability to multitask
  • Improves your memory
  • Improves your creativity and ability to think outside the box

It Makes you Wiser by giving you perspective, by observing your mind you realise you don’t have to be slave to it.

See her full article at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-it/201309/20-scientific-reasons-start-meditating-today

While On-the-Go-Rehabilitation Services cannot take responsibility for the specific claims made above, we believe Meditation is good for your health.