5 Positive Effects of Meditation on the Human Brain

Meditation vs. Mindfulness

Let’s start with a little side note on the terms “meditation” and “mindfulness”. I’ve used these terms interchangeably in this blog post since I tried to stay faithful to the terminology from the original studies mentioned.

1. Meditation improves your attention and focus

Researchers have discovered that meditation seems to counteract habituation, which is the tendency to stop paying attention to new information in our environment.

2. Meditation increases your resilience to stress

Good news: Mindfulness practices dampen the activity in our amygdala and increase the connections between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. Both of these parts of the brain help us to be less reactive to stressors and to recover better from stress.

3. Meditation can help with addiction

  • cognitive change: patients recognize that thinking something does not make it true
  • self-management: they learn to pull themselves away from negative thought spirals
  • relaxation: this can lessen the effect of stress and anxiety
  • acceptance: instead of fighting their intense urges, patients practice their acceptance of them through meditation.

4. Mindfulness could have a positive impact on your romantic relationship

A few studies have found a positive link between mindfulness and relationship quality.

5. Mindfulness seems to reduce many kinds of biases

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Jasper @Amplio Coaching

Jasper @Amplio Coaching

Jasper is the founder of Amplio Coaching. He believes that every single person has the potential to overcome any challenge in life and to be happy.