Need a Vacation Day? Meditate

Do you need a vacation this summer but are strapped for cash? Try meditating.

A new study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology says that just 15 minutes of meditation can have the same positive effect on your well-being as one vacation day.

A team at the University of Groningen researched 40 students and community members in an 8-week study which required them to meditate for 15 minutes a day for two non-consecutive weeks while completing daily mood surveys. The researchers tracked when participants went on vacation, which allowed them to study how a short meditation session can affect their mood while taking a vacation day.

The team found that just 15 minutes of meditation was associated with similar effects as a day of vacation on aspects of mindfulness.

Christopher May, study author and assistant professor at the University of Groningen, said, “Both meditators and vacationers reported heightened awareness of their environment and greater equanimity in experiencing their emotions.”

Even the busiest person can find 15 minutes a day to meditate in order to refresh and alleviate your mood!

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