According to a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, practicing meditation can cause beneficial neuroplastic changes in the brain. These changes are caused by external environmental factors; while social stressors can harm the brain’s neuroplasticity, positive practices like meditation can improve its neuroplasticity, leading to enhanced emotional well-being. The brain’s neuroplasticity is measured by the number of cell connections it has. With regular meditation practice, the brain’s number of cell connections increases, improving the overall function of its neural networks and neuroplasticity. This strengthens certain areas of the brain associated with positive behaviors such as empathy, altruism, and kindness.