Psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte found that our cognitive abilities can improve after only a few days of practicing mindfulness meditation. In a study, participants displayed higher levels of improvement in cognitive skills compared to a control group that did not practice meditation. More importantly, the findings suggest that these benefits may not require an extensive period of meditation practice. According to Dr. Fadel Zeidan, the evidence also suggests that we may be able to improve our mind’s processing within a week’s time of beginning to practice meditation. Mindfulness meditation can lead to enhanced job or academic performance and the ability to tune out distractions.