Researchers at Ohio State University found that mindfulness meditation significantly lowers stress levels. Participants attended weekly group meetings in addition to practicing mindful awareness meditation for 20 minutes every day. Overall, individuals’ perceived stress levels decreased by over 10%. Since chronic stress can lead to chronic disease, becoming more aware of the external stressors in our lives can actually decrease our stress levels. While we cannot change the external events that happen in our lives, mindful meditation awareness may change the way we perceive those stressors. This meditation practice can positively affect how we live our day-to-day lives.