I sometimes have trouble keeping up a habit of daily meditation. But as a scientist, I find scientific research on positive health benefits to be motivating. (I'm not yet enlightened enough to just "do it for its own sake".)
Here's a short compilation of some recent results on mindfulness meditation
1. Mindfulness meditation improves cognition
That's a fancy way of saying it makes you smarter. Click here for the 2010 research paper.
2. Mindfulness meditation increases your brain's gray matter
I find it fascinating that a daily, non-invasive activity has a physical effect on your brain. Click here for the 2014 research paper.
3. Mindfulness meditation helps your immune system
This sounds like magic to me; but the data supports it. Click here for the 2016 research paper.
4. Mindfulness helps with anxiety
This is probably not a surprise -- but it's a subject near and dear to my heart. I'm always trying to live a life of less fear and less anxiety. Click here for the 2013 research paper.