Meditation Can Make You Smarter

While people have been meditating for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 1970s that scientists started focusing on its brainy benefits. Numerous studies suggest that regular meditation (about six hours a week) may actually change brain structure. 

Here are some of the ways in which meditation can make you smarter :

  • Focus – Meditation improves focus by causing an increase in cortical thickness in regions of the brain responsible for attention.
  • Mood – Meditation increases dopamine and serotonin levels by stimulating regions of the brain which are associated with happiness and positivity.
  • Stress Reduction – Meditation decreases stress and anxiety by down regulating cortisol and adrenaline creating a state of deep relaxation in which our breathing, pulse rate, blood pressure, and metabolism are decreased.
  • Cognition – Meditation improves cognitive function, mindfulness and the ability to sustain focus by increasing grey matter, brain volumes and cerebral blood flow.

It’s also worth noting that there are many different types of meditation, and certain people may benefit more from one meditation style over another. So if you’re looking to get some big results from a little inward reflection, choose a type of meditation you like and feel most comfortable doing. From mantra to mindfulness and Zen to qigong, there are plenty of ways to get that third eye in focus.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Maria, I am glad you liked it. Regular meditation helps in relieving stress and thus improves the quality of sleep. Less stress means more happiness. You will live a happier and healthier life with meditation. It is believed that meditation improves the immune system and thereby helps in controlling blood pressure and lowering blood cholesterol. Thank you for stopping by today.

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      1. Maria says:

        I actually reposted your blog on my blog (let me know if that is not ok). https://livingwithmyveteran.com/blog/f/meditation-can-make-you-smarter
        I would love it if you re-signed up to follow me too. My platform is new and my subscribers did not come with me.

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      2. Garima says:

        Hi Maria, you have given me the credit so that’s okay. Thank you for stopping by and sharing my post.

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  1. Ayano Praise says:

    Six hours at a stretch or a random range of time on different days to make it equal six hours in a week?

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    1. Garima says:

      Personally, I think an hour at a time is too much, I don’t go beyond 40 minutes. I know other folks do an hour just fine.

      Don’t obsess too much about how long to sit. Start with whatever’s comfortable for you. Five or ten minutes is fine. If you feel like you can sit longer than that, then do. Twenty or thirty minutes twice a day is a good practice.

      Far more important than figuring out the “correct” amount of time to sit, is maintaining consistency. Meditation should be something that just becomes a regular fixture of your life, like eating and sleeping. Every day. That’s how meditation really starts to leap off the cushion and into your daily life.

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      1. Garima says:

        You are welcome 🙂

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked it. Meditation makes you more attractive. This might sound like a daring statement, but people will feel that you are more confident, stronger and health. This makes you attractive to others. This power of attraction is great for people who work television, media and other jobs that involve being in touch with many people. Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. Poetpas says:

    True that. Awareness also makes one smarter 🙏

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes indeed. Aware, awake and adaptable, it teaches us how to adapt and thrive in a constantly changing world. In today’s environment of accelerated change, smart is not enough. Being conscious is the new smart. Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Good info. I’ve heard a lot about meditation and it’s implications but never really tried it. Did it once, I dozed off to sleep. And it’s was distracting to focus. Multiple thoughts cascade. Eventually, gave it up.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Manohar, well these are some of the common reasons why people give up meditation. Habit forming takes times so start small and be regular about it.

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      1. Agree that Garima. Will try it the next time.

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    2. newlysep says:

      There are various meditation techniques. You may want to try another one.

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      1. Garima says:

        Which one do you suggest? 🙂

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      2. newlysep says:

        For me, active meditation. With Tai Chi I find it easier to achieve the state.

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      3. Garima says:

        Interesting. I have never delved into Tai Chi. Let me read about it more. Thank you for this note.

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      1. Bearded_Poet says:

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  5. icarepo says:

    Ya I liked it will too and I wil be reposting on my platform.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for sharing this post. I am glad you liked it.

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  6. Meditation; a path for peace of mind…Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Garima says:

      Most welcome Shyamal. I am glad you liked it.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. Meditation makes you more attractive. This might sound like a daring statement, but people will feel that you are more confident, stronger and health. This makes you attractive to others. This power of attraction is great for people who work television, media and other jobs that involve being in touch with many people. Thanks for stopping by today.

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      1. storyspiller says:

        Thats so true. Thank you for mentioning this. ❤

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  7. One can never become a good writer or reader without the right meditation. Improving the skills will result in a better life, families and society! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for liking my post Carlos. Mental benefits of meditation: boosts learning ability, quiets mind chatter, increases neurogenesis, more focus and concentration, increases motivation, improves awareness and perception. Thank you again for stopping by today.

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  8. judeitakali says:

    Now Im really interested in knowing about bthese different meditation types

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    1. Garima says:

      Alright Jude. I will write about meditation techniques in my subsequent posts. Thank you for stopping by today.

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      1. judeitakali says:

        Pleasure as always

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  9. In view of lack of reliable source of info, Meditation is considered as religious or spiritual as they originated from there. Science has proven the real beneficial effect on mind, body and resilience of the person- which you so well clarified. This is a no cost medicine to reduce/ nullify impact many diseases. Kudos to u for focusing on the topic.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Mahendra. I am glad you liked this sensitive post on meditation as there are many versions of understanding on meditation. Trinity College Dublin researchers report controlled breathing, a key element of meditation, directly affects noradrenaline levels in the brain. The study suggests controlled breathing can enhance attention and improve overall brain health. Thank you for stopping by today.

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      1. I practice Rajayoga Meditation, and benefits are immediate n huge. Good to know Abt other methods.

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      2. Garima says:

        Wow thanks for sharing this information.

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  10. J. Ray says:

    It wasn’t until recently that I started meditating on a daily basis. Before I would do it here and there… I can see now why it is so powerful when done regularly. ❤ Love your blog!

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Jay, regular meditation can work wonders. Meditation training improves a wide range of willpower skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness. It changes both the function and structure of the brain to support self-control. For example, regular meditators have more gray matter in the prefrontal cortex. Thank you for stopping by.

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  11. Kelli says:

    Love this! I recently started meditating, and I try to meditate at least 15 minutes a day.

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    1. Garima says:

      15 minutes is a good start Kelli. Just keep at it. Consistency is key with meditation.

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  13. Edie Cubeta says:

    Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!

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