Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
According to an article in psychologytoday.com, meditation is as old as civilization itself. Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School found that meditation had many beneficial effects. Such effects include a decrease in blood pressure and reducing migraines. In Benson’s study, subjects were found to have decreased blood lactate levels and their brains moved into an alpha state, a sign of relaxation. Benson also found that meditation was helpful in decreasing anxiety, obsessive thinking, and depression.
In another study, deemed the “Set Point Study”, scientist found that we have a set -oint for both good and bad emotions. Those who are generally happy use their frontal lobe more, while those with bad emotions typically use the right side of their brain.
The good news?
Meditation can reset your set-point and increase happiness. This was seen in participants who were paralyzed. They started off in depression, but with the help of meditation, they were able to reset their set-point and return to a happier state of mind.
In addition to these studies, researchers using MRI’s found that those who meditate retain more grey matter in their brains versus those who do not. Those who meditate also had thicker tissue in the prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for attention and control.
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