There have been hundreds of scientific studies done over the past forty years on the benefits of meditation conducted in America, England, Europe and India. These studies have all demonstrated conclusively that meditation produces a wide range of positive benefits for the mind, the body and our relationships. See below some of the key studies and benefits.

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Scientific research on meditation:

  • Reduction in Cigarette, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse

Study of one hundred and ninety eight independent treatment outcomes found that meditation produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use, than any other standard substance abuse treatment.

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, vol. 11: pages. 13-87, and International Journal of the Addictions, vol. 26: pages. 293-325, 1991.

  • More Productivity

Study of a group practicing meditation showed significant improvements in productivity at work, compared with members of a control group in the same job position.

Academy of Management Journal, vol. 17: pages. 362-368, 1974.

  • Improves areas of the brain associated with learning and memory

An 8-week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that meditation improves brain matter associated with learning and memory.

  • Better relations at work

Study found significant improvements in relations with supervisors and co-workers after an average of eleven months of practicing meditation, in comparison to the control group.

Academy of Management Journal, vol. 17: pages. 362-368, 1974.

  • Improves immune system

6-week study of 61 healthy adults found that meditation may reduce stress-induced immune and behavioural responses.

Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 34, Issue 1, January 2009, pages. 87–98.

  • Improves productivity and multitasking

Study that found those who meditated reported lower levels of stress and showed better memory for a ‘stressful’ multitasking test compared to groups who used a body relaxing technique or did not use meditation or a body relaxing technique.

CHI EA ‘11, May 2011, pages. 2011-2016.

  • Increases social connection and emotional intelligence

Study that showed meditation improved “purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms”, which in turn improved an overall satisfaction with life.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 95, Issue 5, November 2008, pages. 1045-1062.

  • More relaxation and reduced Stress

3-month study found that managers and employees who regularly practiced meditation, had greater reduction in stress, anxiety and reduced their tension on the job, when compared to control group with a similar position in the same companies.

Coping International Journal, vol. 6: pages. 245-262, 1993.

  • Better health and more positive health habits

Companies that introduced meditation to managers and employees and both practiced regularly. Meditation improved significantly the overall physical health, mental wellbeing and vitality when compared to control group with similar jobs in the same companies.

Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 49: pages. 493-507, 1987.

  • More self-concept

Study found that after meditating for one month, subjects experienced an improved self-concept in comparison to before learning meditation.

Journal of Social Behaviour and Personality, vol. 6: pages. 189-248, 1991.

  • Lowers blood pressure

Clinical experiment with subjects who had moderately elevated blood pressure levels were randomly assigned meditation. The other control group had usual (PMR) care. Over three months the group doing meditation, systolic and diastolic blood pressure dropped by 10.6 and 5.6mm Hg. The usual (PMR) care group dropped by 4.0 and 2.1mm Hg.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 57: pages. 950-964, 1989.

The Harvard Medical School; Benson-Henry Institute for Mind -Body Medicine; Study into hypertensive patients showed that eighty percent, lowered their blood pressure and decreased their medications. Sixteen percent stopped all their medications. The study showed that these results continued for more than three years.

Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, vol. 9, pages. 316-324, 1989.

  • Reduces stress hormone

A study into the stress hormone plasma cortisol showed a reduction in the group during meditation, where there was no significant change in the control group during ordinary relaxation.

Hormones and Behaviour, vol. 10: pages. 54-60, 1978.

  • Reduces depression

A study conducted of individuals with lifetime mood disorders prior to and after taking up a meditation course. It concludes that “the results suggest that MM practice primarily leads to decreases in ruminative thinking, even after controlling for reductions in affective symptoms and dysfunctional beliefs.”

Cognitive Therapy and Research, August 2004, vol. 2: Issue 4, pages. 433-455

  • Improves sleep

The Harvard Medical School; Benson-Henry Institute for Mind and Body Medicine; Study found one hundred percent of insomnia patients reported improved sleep and ninety one percent, reduced sleeping medication use or eliminated the medication all together.

The American Journal of Medicine, vol. 100, pages. 212-216, 1996.

  • Lower Cholesterol

A longitudinal study into cholesterol levels in hypercholesterolemia patients, showed that cholesterol levels significantly lowered in patients that did meditation, compared to matched controls, over an eleven-month period.

Journal of Human Stress, vol. 5: pages. 24-27, 1979.

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