Meditation is as useful as having a drink with a good friend.

The ability of people to meditate and stay focused has been part of philosophical and contemplative practices Thousands of years ago. For some time now, there are also some studies that suggest that meditation can have beneficial effects on health, among other virtues.

But How much is true? While some isolated studies point to positive aspects of meditation, a meta-analysis refutes that it is much better than many other pleasant activities.

Weak scientific coating

Meditation reports benefits for those who meditate, but in really small amounts. It is the conclusion of a huge meta-analysis of previous studies conducted with federal funding and published in the US in 2014, which found that meditation programs can help alleviate stress-related symptoms, but that are not more effective than other practices such as muscle relaxation, medication or psychotherapy.

As the biologist abounds in it Barbara Ehrenreich in his book Natural causes. How we kill ourselves for living longer:

So it is possible that meditation has a calming effect, which helps to focus, but the same is achieved by concentrating for one hour on a math problem or having a glass of wine in the company of friends. Personally, I recommend spending a few hours a day with children or babies; They have the ability to convince anyone to move to their "alternative" universe.

And the fashion of mindfulness or full concentration that is advertised in apps? Well, there are no randomized clinical trials on mindfulness learning or health indicators, and the potential of mindfulness mobile applications remains largely unexplored.

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