There are probably well over 100 different benefits of following a regular meditation practice. Here’s a quick list of some of the top mental, emotional, social, and physical benefits you’ll gain when you regularly take some quiet time for mindfulness:

  1. Slow the aging process.
  2. Improve and lengthen your attention span and concentration.
  3. Help you stay calm in the face of difficulty.
  4. Improve your quality of sleep.
  5. Help you find creative solutions to problems you’re facing.
  6. Decrease the stress response and lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body.
  7. Allow you to live more in the present.
  8. Help you lose weight.
  9. Manage or relieve stress, anxiety, or depression.
  10. Make you a happier, calmer person to be around.
  11. Improve your immune function.
  12. Slow down the aging of your brain and preserve or even increase your memory.
  13. Decrease muscle tension, and therefore decrease pain associated with tightness.
  14. Decrease blood pressure and lower your heart’s resting rate.
  15. Improve athletic performance through better focus of attention.
  16. Improve your emotional resilience when dealing with difficult life problems.
  17. Maintain your composure and stay calm when working with others.
  18. Develop your will power so you can accomplish more.
  19. Rid yourself of addictions to smoking, alcohol, pain killers, and other substances.
  20. Find peace of mind and harmony in your life.

There are many other benefits–spiritual, emotional, and physical–that you can experience with meditating, but only if you practice. Get started today. For a quick overview of how to start a daily meditation practice, read 7 Simple Steps to Start a Meditation Practice.