10 Fitness And Health Benefits Of Meditation And Mindfulness

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10. Become more compassionate

Researchers from Northeastern and Harvard Universities found meditation can actually make you a more compassionate, virtuous person. And no, not by brainwashing either. In the study, participants completed eight-week training sessions in two types of meditation. (It’s not clear, however, what the two meditation types were.)

So, they staged a waiting room with three chairs, two of which were filled by actors, leaving the third empty seat for the test subject. Then, a third actor entered the room on crutches, appearing to be in great physical pain while the seated actors fiddled with their phones or read a book. The researchers wanted to see if subjects who took part in meditation classes would be more likely to come to the aid of a person in pain—despite everyone else in a room ignoring him/her.

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