Improves Rational Decision Making

Silhouette of a man figure meditating in the outdoorsResearchers from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that individuals who practiced mindfulness meditation were more rational decision-makers than those who did not. The study analyzed Buddhist meditators, who were found to arrive at more logical decisions than non-meditator participants. By practicing mindfulness meditation, the study suggests, people are able to train their brains to think rationally rather than emotionally when forced to make an important decision. Researchers found that Buddhist meditators used areas of their brains associated with internal bodily states and attention to the present moment that helped with opting for the more rational approach when making decisions.