Several studies have linked regular meditation to actual physical changes in the brain that are similar to what anti-depressant drugs (or so-called ‘happy pills’) do. People who meditate are not only happier and nicer to others, but research shows that the areas of their brain that respond to stress actually shrink. Big corporations and even the U.S. Marines are all now reportedly using meditation to increase productivity.
Too busy to find time for meditation? It doesn’t take much! Studies show that people who practice mindful meditation—sitting quietly with your eyes closed and repeating a word or “mantra” over and over—for just 20 minutes a day reap significant benefits.