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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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