One of the most surprising trends going among teenagers going into the New Year is, of all things, meditation.
It’s due in large part to the growth of scientific research that suggests meditation can help teens to reduce stress, regulate emotions and boost grades.
Meditation is now being taught in schools across America.
Actor Russell Brand meditated with students at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco, where officials say meditation has brought down violence and improved academic performance.
Research suggests meditation has benefits for both grownups and children, including improved focus, better test scores, boosted immune systems and lower blood pressure.
In a 2011 study published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team of researchers from Harvard University found that after eight weeks of meditation, first-time meditators were able to grow the gray matter in the areas of the brain associated with self-awareness and compassion and shrink the gray matter in the area of the brain associated with stress.
Neuroscience has also shown that meditation can effectively rewire key areas of the brain that are associated with stress, self-awareness and compassion. (MORE)
Source: ABC News