The Science of Meditation

How can mindfulness and meditation help you?

People have been meditating for thousands of years. But while the practice is not new, science is just catching up to its benefits. Recent studies show meditation and mindfulness can have a positive impact on stress, anxiety, focus, creativity and even relationships. We’ll teach you how to meditate, what you do with it is up to you.

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Even a brief mindfulness meditation practice, for as little as three consecutive days, has been shown to alleviate psychological stress.1


Research shows that meditation promotes divergent thinking, a style of thought that brings diverse elements together to
generate new ideas.2

Practicing mindfulness also enhances awareness and your ability to set aside mental chatter, which may make it easier to focus during creative tasks.3


Neuroscientists found that, after just 11 combined hours of meditation, practitioners had structural changes in the part of the brain involved in monitoring focus and self­-control.4

In fact, research shows that, compared with people who didn’t meditate, meditation practitioners stay on task longer, switch between tasks less frequently, and enjoy their tasks more.5


People who undergo mindfulness­-based training report feeling
less worry and anxiety.6


Meditation is associated with greater relationship satisfaction and better communication during
a conflict.7

Mindfulness helps you feel more comfortable with yourself and boosts your compassion towards others, making it easier for you to accept people as they are and, potentially, for them to get along with you too.

Headspace in the press

“Andy Puddicombe is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food”

- New York Times

  1. Creswell, J.D., et al. "Brief mindfulness meditation training alters psychological andneuroendocrine responses to social evaluative stress." Psychoneuroendocrinology 44 (2014): 1­-12.
  2. Colzato, L., Ozturk, A. & Hommel, B. (2012). Meditate to create: the impact of focused­-attention and open­-monitoring training on convergent and divergent thinking. Front. Psychology. 3, 116.
  3. Ostafin, B. & Kassman, K. (2012). Stepping out of history: Mindfulness improves insight problem solving. Consciousness and Cognition. 21(2):1031­-6.
  4. Tang, Y., Lu, Q., Geng, X., Stein, E. A., Yang, Y., & Posner, M. (2010). Short­-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107, 35. 15649­-15652.
  1. Levy, D., Wobbrock, J., Kaszniak, A. & Ostergren, M. (2012). The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Multitasking in a High­Stress Information Environment. Proceedings of Graphics Interface. 45­-52.
  2. Roemer, L. et al. "Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders." Current psychiatry reports 15.11 (2013): 1-10.
  3. Barnes, S. et al. "The role of mindfulness in romantic relationship satisfaction and responses to relationship stress." Journal of marital and family therapy 33.4 (2007):482­-500.