Meditation is as old as humankind. Everyone knows what it is, some feel like it is for tree huggers, some think it means you have to lock yourself up in a silent retreat and meditate for 10 hours in a row.

So before you say no (hopefully, you have done the first challenge), let me give you some scientific reasons why meditation is good for your happiness:

  1. Increases positive thoughts and emotions
  2. Decreases depression
  3. Decreases anxiety
  4. Decreases stress
  5. Increases emotional intelligence
  6. Makes your more compassionate
  7. Boosts self-control

And now you think, yes, I want all that to happen!

So where do you start? I would say; start slow. I use the Honest Guys on Youtube. They have some wonderful guided meditations.

Challenge 02:

Guided meditation is a wonderful way to get used to meditation. Just challenge yourself to do this every night for a whole month.

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  1. http://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2003/07000/Alterations_in_Brain_and_Immune_Function_Produced.14.aspx 
  2. http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2008-14857-004
  3. http://ccare.stanford.edu/article/jazaieri-h-mcgonigal-k-jinpa-t-doty-j-r-gross-j-j-golden-p-r-2013-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-compassion-cultivation-training-effects-on-mindfulness-affect-and-emotion/
  4. http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2008-14857-004
  5. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/str/12/2/164/
  6. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2006.12.817
  7. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/B:COTR.0000045557.15923.96
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