Meditation research: Does meditating make you happy?
If you are feeling down, could practising meditation help your emotional troubles? Below is a link to a news story from ABC news which covers some of the latest meditation research and how it can help your mental health and wellbeing.
Date: July 28th 2011
Source: ABC news
‘A quiet explosion of new research indicating that meditation can physically change the brain in astonishing ways has started to push into mainstream.
In one study, a meditation research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of sixteen people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, which was published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.
Chuck Raison, a professor at Emory University, conducted a meditation study in which he hooked up microphones to participants who had been taught basic meditation and those who hadn’t. He then recorded them at random over a period of time. Raison found that these newly-trained mediators used less harsh language than people who had no meditation experience.
“They were more empathic with people,” Raison said. “They were spending more time with other people. They laugh more, you know, all those things. They didn’t use the word ‘I’ as much. They use the word ‘we’ more.”
Several other studies suggest that these changes through meditation can make you happier, less stressed — even nicer to other people….’