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Stress, anxiety, general well-being

  • Memory improves, reaction times become faster and mental and physical stamina increase. 1
  • The 8-week MBSR course improves concentration and attention.1
  • Meditation also lowers anxiety, depression, anger, irritabilityfatigue and stress-related cortisol, and increases vigor and immunoreactivity.2, 43
  • Additionally, it improves reactions to emotional stimuli.4
  • Functional MRI scans of the brain show increased attention and improved ability to ignore distractions.5
  • People who meditate regularly are happier and more contented, while being far less likely to suffer from psychological distress

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References

1
Jha A, Krompinger J, Baime M. Mindfulness training modifies subsystems of attention. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 2007; 7: 109–19.[PubMed]
2
Tang Y, Ma Y, Wang J, Fan Y, Feng S, Lu Q, et al. Short-term meditation training improves attention and self-regulation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2007; 104: 17152–6.[PubMed]
3
McCracken LM, Yang S-Y. A contextual cognitive-behavioral analysis of rehabilitation workers’ health and well-being: Influences of acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action. Rehabilitation Psychology. 2008; 53: 479–85.
4
Ortner CNM, Kilner SJ, Zelazo PD. Mindfulness meditation and reduced emotional interference on a cognitive task. Motivation and Emotion. 2007; 31: 271–83.
5
Brefczynski-Lewis J, Lutz A, Schaefer H, Levinson D, Davidson R. Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2007; 104: 11483–8.[PubMed]