3. Promotes emotional health

Meditation may help you improve your self-esteem and have a more optimistic point of view on life. For example, one study of more than 3,500 adults found that mindfulness meditation reduced symptoms of depression (12Trusted Source).

Similarly, a study of 18 studies revealed that individuals who received meditation therapies had less depression symptoms than those in a control group (13Trusted Source).

People who engaged in a meditation practice had fewer unpleasant ideas when exposed to distressing photos, according to one study (14Trusted Source).

Furthermore, inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, which are released in response to stress, can affect mood, causing depression. A review of several studies suggests that meditation may also help reduce depressive symptoms by lowering levels of these inflammatory chemicals (15Trusted Source).