Want to get happier? Meditate.
Relax! You do NOT have to sit cross-legged on the floor, burning incense and chanting ancient syllables.
Meditation has a bad rap in some circles and is misunderstood in others. Some people even fear that it could be a violation of their religious tenets. Yes, there are religions that promote meditation – as a matter of fact, all five of the world’s major religions use some sort of meditative practice – but you don’t have to subscribe to any religion to practice meditation. Plus, it has some really fabulous benefits – you become calmer, more focused, and happier.
First, what is meditation? It is simply the act of sitting quietly, focusing on either a guided meditation audio, a mantra or chant, or your own breath. If you’re new to meditation, guided meditations are a great place to start. Clearing your mind completely and trying to think of nothing is much more difficult without guidance – you’ll end up thinking about your to-do list, the person who cut you off in traffic, or how silly you feel sitting there with your eyes closed, trying to think of nothing!
The practice of meditation has been proven to literally alter brain chemistry. Many scientific studies have shown that those who meditate have less worry, anxiety, stress, fear, loneliness and depression. They have more self-esteem, optimism, and emotional intelligence. In addition, decision-making, problem-solving and creative skills are enhanced through meditation.
The practice of meditation makes the body healthier, too – research shows lower blood pressure, less inflammatory disorder, improved immune health, decreased pain and fewer hormone-related issues for women.
Does it all happen overnight? No – you need to make meditation part of your daily routine, and in a short period of time – usually from a few days to a few weeks – you’ll start reaping the benefits of meditation. The practice of scheduling some quiet time for yourself daily is a great way to tame the chaos in your life, too.
PS – less stress, lower blood pressure and more self-esteem will make you happier, too!
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