Promotes Emotional Health:
Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image & more positive outlook on life.
Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults.
One study followed 18 volunteers as they practiced meditation over three years. The study found that participants experienced long-term decreases in depression.
Inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, which are released in response to stress, can affect mood, leading to depression. A review of several studies suggests meditation can reduce depression by decreasing these inflammatory chemicals.
Another controlled study compared electrical activity between the brains of people who practiced mindfulness meditation & the brains of others who did not. Those who meditated showed measurable changes in activity in areas related to positive thinking & optimism.
Some forms of meditation can improve depression crating a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that maintaining an ongoing habit of meditation can help you maintain these benefits long term.