Meditation is a practice in which an individual strives to achieve a state of absolute relaxation. The term is widely often related in religious contexts, where it is often practiced. Truthfully, it was only in the mid-20th Century that the term began to veer away from religion and into a health context.
Research over the years has proved the benefits of meditation when incorporated into our daily lives. One of the benefits of meditation is an increase in overall happiness, and sense of well-being. With the new year here, it is time to change up our lifestyles and live for ourselves, and not for everyone else. Take that vacation you’ve being eyeing, binge eat that candy you’ve been eyeing, and all out experience total and unapologetic happiness.
Meditation is one of the ways you can achieve happiness in your lives. People generally have a set happiness index. There are those who have a disposition towards happiness, and there are those who are prone to embracing misery. Studies have shown that through continuous meditation a person can elevate there baseline happiness level and boost the happiness in their lives.
Mindfulness is a meditation technique known to increase happiness and well-being. It is centered on one main object of meditation: breathing. It is done while sat cross-legged, back straight and with your eyes shut. The main aim of the practice is to focus on your breathing at a slow steady state. Mindfulness has been shown to increase levels of endorphins and serotonin in the brain that are associated with happiness. This therefore reduces anxiety, perceived distress and depression.
The benefits of mediation are numerous, but it all boils down to patience and consistency. Meditation is not an instantaneous practice, but one that requires consistency and regular practice to experience the benefits. Readily available, and easy to access, you can meditate by free online programs, or by using any of these ten apps.