You’ve probably heard of the benefits of meditation, but if you’re a numbers person you’ll enjoy knowing some statistics of just how this ancient practice can enhance your life. Since 1930, over 1,500 separate studies have observed various effects of meditation.
Let’s look at the health benefits of meditation. Increasing healthcare costs are a major concern not only to the sufferers of lifestyle related diseases, but to employers who have to cope with absenteeism and lowered productivity because workers are stressed and unhappy.
- Hospitalization for coronary disease: 87% reduction among meditators vs non-meditators
- Hospitalization for cancer: 55% reduction among meditators vs non-meditators
- Insomnia: 75% of insomniacs who meditated daily were able to fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.
- Anxiety: 60% of people with anxiety showed marked decreases in anxiety levels after 6-9 months.
- Cardiovascular health: In beginning meditators, meditation increases circulation by 30%, and in experienced meditators by nearly 65%.
- PMS: Women suffering from PMS showed a significant decrease of symptoms after 5 months of daily meditation.
- Pain management: patients report 50% less perception of pain after mindfulness meditation.
- Aging: Meditators who have practiced more than 5 years are physiologically about 12 years younger than non-meditators.
- Blood pressure: Meditation lowers blood pressure to levels comparable to the effects of prescription drugs for people who are moderately hypertensive.
- Depression: meditators rates of relapse into depression were cut in half.
- Infectious disease: meditators were hospitalized 30% less for infectious diseases.
- Diabetes: meditation has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in diabetics.
- Addictions: Meditators are more able to break addictions than non-meditators.
In general, meditators visit the doctor 50% less than non-meditators.
Because of its health benefits, meditation is now being prescribed more as a complementary healing therapy. More and more western doctors are recognizing the power of the mind/body connection, and place greater emphasis on nurturing a patient’s emotional state and mindset to accelerate healing.
Patients who meditate report higher energy levels, happier moods and they are less affected by negative diagnoses.
Meditation is a alternative practice with no side effects, making it promising as a therapy for a wide range of health problems.
The social cost of poor health is high, and many organizations now offer meditation classes and rooms, in order to boost employee happiness and wellbeing. Businesses have reported:
- 85% reduction in absenteeism among meditators vs non-meditators
- 70% decrease in workplace injury (resulting from greater focus)
- 120% increase in productivity
The bottom line? Profits of businesses whose employees meditate, increased by an astonishing 520%.
Aside from the health and mental benefits of meditation, it’s one of the best feel-good, overall wellbeing-enhancing practices you can do.
- Meditation affects the brain’s prefrontal cortex, shifting activity from the right hemisphere (associated with negative attitudes) to the left hemisphere (associated with positive attitudes)
- Meditators are more responsive, and less reactive, than non-meditators (allowing you to be the “calm in the storm”)
Knowing all of the benefits of meditation is great… but what’s most important to realize is how EASY it is to fit into your daily routine. Just 15-30 minutes a day is doable, pleasurable and very effective in making you feel and look better, and have better results in your life!