Transcendental Meditation

10 benefits of meditation for students

Should students learn to meditate? Yes, yes, and yes!

With regular practice (at least once or twice a day), students will see improvements ranging from health and well-being to academic performance.

Here are ten reasons to back up this enthusiasm, based on recent research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

1. Rise in IQ levels

students-benefits-meditation-academic-improvment-iq w2Deep inside, everyone is an Einstein: students practicing meditation benefit from increases in brain function across the board.

Most dramatic increases occur in creative thinking, practical intelligence, and IQ (as measured by the ability to reason in novel situations, called “fluid intelligence”). Read more

2. Academic stress goes down

Not only do their grades improve, but students who practice meditation report lower levels of stress.

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A STUDENT SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE on tm.org blog: “I used to hit a wall of fatigue about halfway through each day. Now, I meditate in the library for twenty minutes, and feel even better than I would if I had just gotten eight hours of sleep,” says Matthew Poulton (23) from Clementon, NJ.

They also have better concentration, more alertness, and greater resistance to the physical effects of stress during exams. Read more

3. Improved academic achievement

Meditating students show considerably improved academic performance — in one study, 41% of students allocated to the meditation group benefitted from improvement in both Math and English scores. Read more

4. Better focus

Thanks to their minds calming down, students doing meditation report a whooping 50% reductions in stress, anxiety, and ADHD symptoms.

This in turn triggers a positive chain reaction where an improved ability to focus better on tasks at hand results in increased brain processing and improved language-based skills. Read more

5. Brain integrity & efficiency

Not only does meditating make the brain sharper, it also helps to make it a more harmonious unit: university students who took up meditation were found to have changes in the fibers in the brain area related to regulating emotions and behavior.

Among other benefits, these changes again lead to better cognitive and intellectual performance. Read more

meditating studying brain activity research6. Reduction in depression and anxiety

Doing meditation leads to significant reductions in depressive symptoms (an average of 48% lower than the non-meditating control group).

And that’s apparently true for everyone, including even those who have indications of clinically significant depression. Read more

7. Reduction in destructive addiction (drugs, alcohol)

There’s no harm in enjoying life. However, reigning in potentially addictive behaviour is a major key to success.

Studies looking at both students and adults find that daily Transcendental Meditation practice greatly reduces both substance abuse problems and antisocial behavior. In many cases, TM has been shown to be two or three times more effective than traditional drug prevention and education programs.

These results hold for all kinds of addictive substances — drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription medications, and even food (which, by the way, can be as addictive as cocaine). Read more

8. Lower absenteeism, better behaviour

First step to academic glory: don’t miss a class!

Students who do meditation benefit from lower levels of absenteeism, lower levels of behavior incidents at school, and lower levels of suspension. Read more

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9. Lower risk of cardiovascular diseases

Stay healthy! Regular meditation practice helps students to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. It will all pay back in years to come.

As one study showed, students formerly at-risk of hypertension witnessed a major change in blood pressure already after a few months of meditating. These changes were associated with a 52% lower risk of developing hypertension later in their life. Read more

10. Happier, more confident students

Last but definitely not least — research finds that students who meditate daily get higher scores on affectivity, self-esteem, and emotional competence. Here’s your formula for happiness! Read more

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A CASE STUDY: The Transcendental Meditation technique is changing the lives of teachers and students at Aspire Ollin Publich School, L.A. Watch the video