In our fast passed and ridiculously busy culture, it’s more than important to take time each day to mediate, it’s paramount to good health, physically, mentally and emotionally! Study after study has shown the multiple benefits of taking even just 10 minutes to meditate. From overcoming stress and boosting your creativity to decreasing risk of heart attack and increase your focus and attention, everyone should take up this ancient practice. Here are the three most profound ways in which meditation can boost your life to the next level.

1. Boosts Your Health – Practicing meditation can induce relaxation, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and subsequently leads to lower blood pressure levels.  A published study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that 40 of 60 high blood pressure patients who started meditating could stop taking their blood pressure medication. Meditation also helps improve your body’s immunity to fight against sickness.

2. Boosts Your Happiness – “Meditation puts you on the fast track to being happy,” says Ronnie Newman, director of research and health promotion for the Art of Living Foundation. Studies have shown that brain signaling increases in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, which activity decreases in the right side, responsible for negative emotions. By taking the time to explore your inner self, meditation helps you accept things in your life and allow you enjoy life more.

3. Boosts Your Productivity – While one of the most common reasons people don’t meditate is because they are too busy, meditation has actually been shown to help increase productivity. Opposed to a brain that is completely stressed out, a relaxed and stress-free mind will work more effectively. It doesn’t have to be for an extended period of time either; just a short meditation can help improve your productivity for the entire day by restoring your energy so you are able to give more to assignments that require more attention and concentration.