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Why Meditation Should Be Your Brain's "Scheduled Maintenance"

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Harris explains some of the research we've covered before—namely that even short periods of meditation can stimulate lasting positive changes in parts of the brain associated with stress and anxiety, but also grew grey matter in areas of the brain associated with empathy and compassion. Neuroscience being what it is, those results don't directly translate to nicer, less stressed out people, but they are indicators improved mental health overall. Harris also explains how he was skeptical of meditation at first as well, but it was the same science that he discusses (and we've linked above) that really drew him in—and is drawing in groups as disparate as the US Marines and the US Army to the executives of companies like Ford and Twitter.

So stress / anxiety and empathy / compassion are connected?

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