Dan Harris, News Anchor for ABC News and Author of “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story” explains the neuroscience behind meditation, and why it will become a habit as regular and natural as brushing your teeth.

We’ve selected the most interesting parts of his talk for you:

On the science behind meditation…

“The science is really compelling. It shows that meditation can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, help you deal with problems ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to psoriasis.”

“There was a study out of Harvard that shows that short daily doses of meditation can literally grow the gray matter in key areas of your brain having to do with self-awareness and compassion and shrink the gray matter in the area associated with stress.”

“There was also a study out of Yale that looked at what’s called the default mode network of the brain […] Meditators not only turn off the default mode network of their brain while they’re meditating but even when they’re not meditating […] They’re focused on what’s happening right now.”

On the high impact and benefits meditation will have on your life and performance …

“In sports this is called being in the zone […]  You are just being where you are…”

“There’s this sort of elite subculture of high achievers who are adopting this because they know it can help you be more focused on what you’re doing…”

“[…] meditation suggests that happiness is actually a skill, something you can train just the way you can train your body in the gym. It’s a self-generated thing.”

On the future of meditation…

“I think we’re looking at meditation as the next big public health revolution.”

“Meditation is going to join the pantheon of no brainers like exercise, brushing your teeth and taking the meds that your doctor prescribes to you.”

“…because the science is so strongly suggestive that meditation can do really, really great things for your brain and for your body.”

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