7 Mental and Health Benefits Of Meditation – Backed By Science

What are the mental and health benefits of meditation? Its popularity is definitely increasing because more and more people are discovering these benefits.  You will be pleasantly surprised at what they are. In addition, you will have a more positive outlook on life, plus an increase in tolerance to pain.


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Mental and Health Benefits Of Meditation:

1).   Meditation Reduces Stress:

One of the main reasons that people begin to practice meditation, is to help reduce stress in their lives. One medical study, on 3500 adults, confirmed that it does help in this health area.

Increased stress leads to increased levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. This can promote depression, increase blood pressure, and also disrupt sleep.

The study showed that stress levels were helped by the practice of meditation. Further research indicated that it can help with other stress-related health issues, such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

2).  Meditation Can Generate Kindness:

As stated previously, the practice can give one a more positive outlook on life.  This creates increased feelings of positivity towards yourself and others.

The practice can teach people to then extend this kindness and compassion to others, which has been confirmed through studies. The benefits will increase over time, the longer that the art is practiced.

In the areas of anger management and marriage guidance, they have found there are benefits to be obtained, when implementing meditation.

3).   Meditation Promotes Emotional Health:

mental and health benefits of meditation

The practice can give people an improved self-image which in turn gives them a more positive outlook on life.

One study in over 4,000 adults, found that depression was decreased within the group. Cytokines, which are inflammatory chemicals, can lead to depression because they affect the mood of the sufferer.

In another study, patients’ electrical activity within their brains was measured. It was discovered there was increased activity within the areas of positive thinking.

4).   Stress Can help Control Anxiety:

Another study found that patients who practiced meditation regularly, reduced their anxiety, by lowering their stress levels. A study of nurses who implemented the practice was also found to be helpful within their high-pressure work environment.

Other symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, such as panic attacks or obsessive-compulsive behaviors, benefited from meditation.

5).   Meditation Can Help To Improve Sleep:

7 Mental and Health Benefits Of Meditation - Backed By Science

Most people are unaware that nearly fifty percent of the population struggle with sleep problems, at some time.

In one study, those that practiced meditation had better sleep patterns than those that did not.

Meditation can help relax your body, which releases tension, which in turn helps you fall asleep sooner.

6).   Meditation Can Help Control Pain:

In times of stress, your pain threshold can be increased, as shown through various clinical studies.  One study showed that those who practiced meditation reported less sensitivity to the issue of pain.

In another study, those that practiced meditation on a regular basis, experienced decreased complaints of pain, to those that did not practice.

7). Meditation Can Help To Decrease Blood Pressure:

By decreasing blood pressure, it means that the heart has to work less and therefore this improves your physical health. High blood pressure is definitely not good for you, because it can lead to narrowing of the arteries, which in turn can lead to strokes or heart attacks.

In a study of nearly 1000 volunteers, their blood pressure was reduced on average, by nearly 5 points. It, therefore, reduces strain on the heart area, which in turn prevents heart attacks.


People who practice meditation, don’t require specialized equipment or lots of space. The best thing about the art is it only requires several minutes daily, on a consistent basis, to derive the full benefits.

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8 thoughts on “7 Mental and Health Benefits Of Meditation – Backed By Science”

  1. I certainly couldn’t agree with you more about the positive value of meditation.

    I suffer from chronic depression and anxiety and my life is extremely stressful right now.  My morning are the worst so this is when I meditate.  I use basic mindfulness meditations and they can literally take me out of that dark area and put me back into the moment.  

    As I also suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (which means that even if nothing is stressing me I feel anxious) this is almost the only way that I can pull myself out of the downward spiral of anxiety and it enables me to get on with my day.  Without meditation, I wouldn’t be able to cope or to function.

    Your article is truly helpful and I hope that people heed your words of wisdom!

    • Feochadan

      Thank you for your valued post. It is great to hear from someone else that practices meditation. I am glad you find it beneficial. 

      I am sorry that you suffer from the health issues that you have mentioned above. I have never heard of ” Generalized Anxiety Disorder “

      We truly never appreciate our health until we lose it. I speak for myself, but  I find that does apply to most people.

      Take care


  2. The exhausting daily rhythms of life, health, interpersonal relationships make us overly stressed. Your article on the benefits of meditation is truly an eye-opener for all of us. 

    It takes just a few minutes, even 12, of the 24 hours of a day to refresh ourselves and reap the true benefits of meditation. And there are many. Thank you for this optimistic and really helpful issue.

    • Water Life

      Glad you enjoyed the article and important content.

      I totaly agree with you that – ”  The exhausting daily rhythms of life, health, interpersonal relationships make us overly stressed. ”  I say often in my articles, that we are all fighting a daily battle called life.

      Take care


  3. Thanks for your article on the ‘Amazing health benefits of Meditation’.  I am really interested in the Zen12 product you are showcasing.  I am in the UK can this be shipped to the UK?  If so how much would it cost?  I need to learn to relax more and feel that meditation will help me achieve this.  Thanks

    • Darren

      So glad that you enjoyed the article.

      With regards to the Zen12 product, I use it and have obtained great benefits from it. I only recommend products that I have used or created. 

      Also it is all downloadable and you use it over 12 months. Each month is a different level, giving increased benefits as you practice.

      Please click on this Zen12 link and you can get a Free Audio. 


  4. I always knew that ‘meditation’ is a good thing but I don’t think I’ve come across such a concise read through of all the benefits in one place. Certainly some there, I was not aware of, so I thank you for that.

    I am a ‘sleep meditator’ currently. Is that even a thing I wonder ? Basically, everynight I listen to a guided meditation while I am drifting off to sleep. Some last for hours but I don’t think I’ve managed more than 5 to 10 minutes of actual listening. For me, the benefits are that I wake up each morning fully refreshed, although a little achy on occasion, due to such a heavy sleep. I have heard that even though I’m sleeping, the meditation still works through my subconscious, so I’m good with that. Multitasking at its best.

    Some profess to be able to pass on certain ways of thinking or learning, self-confidence, get rid of negative thoughts, increase your positivity, that sort of thing. I have found this to be the case, as long as you stick with the same one for a number of weeks. I guess in the same way of reaping the rewards of  ‘meditation’ when practised consistently. 

    Some years ago I used to meditate daily but have since lost the habit. At the time I was going through a depression and I found that the audio helped alleviate much of my mood. I’ve read a great deal and listened to many different versions and will attest to the huge benefits it can have. It is certainly a destressor and puts you in a better frame of mind.

    • Twack Romero

      Thank you for your valued and detailed post. 

      I learned from it myself.  I don’t know if ” ‘sleep meditator ” is a thing. I will try and investigate it further, as you have my curosity. 

      I am glad that you derived benefit from meditation, as I have.  It’s why I put the content together.


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