It lowers stress literally: Research published just last month in the journal Health Psychology shows that mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it's also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
It can make your grades better: Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that college students who were trained in mindfulness performed better on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE, and also experienced improvements in their working memory.
It could help soldiers: The U.S. Marine Corps is in the process of seeing how mindfulness meditation training can improve troops ability to handle and recover from stress.
It makes music sound better: Mindfulness meditation improves our focused engagement in music, helping us to truly enjoy and experience what we're listening
It makes you a better person: Sure, we love all the things meditation does for us. But it could also benefit people we interact with, by making us more compassionate, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science.
It helps you sleep better: A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night.
It also lowers depression risk among teens: Teaching teens how to practice mindfulness through school programs could help them experience less stress, anxiety and depression, according to a study from the University of Leuven.