Those who underwent mindfulness training had 27 total “episodes” of cold or flu symptoms, people who exercised had 26 total “episodes” of cold and flu symptoms, and the control group had 40. What’s more, when the meditation-doers and exercisers did get sick, they experiences less severe, shorter colds that resulted in fewer days missed from work. In all, those who meditated experienced a 40 to 50 percent decrease in cold and flu symptoms and exercise was linked with a 30 to 40 percent decrease in symptoms.
6. Reduce chronic pain
Meditation might be a natural yet effective alternative to painkillers for reducing chronic pain and its associated distress and depression, according to research from the American Pain Society.