There are so many amazing relationship benefits of meditation. Whether you have been going through a rouge patch in your relationship, or if you want to make an already good relationship even better, meditation can help.
For evidence / research please read my article on increasing intimacy and love
Here are my favorite relationship benefits of meditation.
Best Relationship Benefits Of Meditation
1. Advantages of meditation for infertility
5% of couples experience primary infertility, which is the inability to have any children, or secondary infertility, which is the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term.
Research shows that most cases of infertility are due to physiological or psychosomatic factors, which are usually identified in the woman. What really upset me is that 15% of people who experience this say it is the most upsetting things to happen to them in their lives. So clearly this is something we need to work to change. And thankfully meditation can help.
Stress is one of the leading causes of infertility. And stress can prevent people from getting pregnant after they have been treated for a physical cause of infertility. At both these times, meditation can be used to produce relaxation, which has been shown to increase the chances of getting pregnant.
2. Meditation makes us more responsible
An interesting fact about meditation is that it makes us more responsible. This is because of the effect meditation has on relationships and mood. Meditation makes you more empathetic, more compassionate, and more in control of your own actions, so it both motivates and enables you to be responsible and enables you to be more responsible.
A Harvard study confirmed that people who meditate were more likely to give up their seat for a woman in pain. Dr. Hölzel, who conducted the study, said that people who meditate “may be more willing to help when someone suffer.”
3. Meditation makes us better listeners
Have you ever been listening to someone when you suddenly realised that you’re actually not paying attention to what they’re saying? We’ve all been in that position, haven’t we? Thankfully, something meditation is good for is making you a better listener.
The Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied the affect of meditation on listening skills in 2009. They found that when you meditate you improve your attention and this in turn makes you a better listener. Even more amazing, it turns out that meditation is especially good at making you listen when you’re not actually interested in what the other person is saying.
4. Relationship Benefits of meditation for couples
Writing for Psychology Today, Marsha Lucas, Ph.D stated that there are nine ways in which meditating improves your relationships. They are:
- It helps you react better
- It improves emotional resiliency
- Improves your communication
- Enables you to respond in more flexible, less stubborn ways
- Improves empathy
- Improves insight
- Increases intuition
- Increases morality
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READ: Meditation for Couples.
5. Meditation makes people less aggressive and less angry
The journal Consciousness and Cognition published a study that stated that meditation improves your body’s response to anger.
Have you ever experienced those moment when you feel angry, your chest is tight, you’re gritting your teeth and you just can’t help but spit it out and say the wrong thing? Imagine if you had more control at those times. You would be able to respond more positively. This study shows that meditation lets you do just that.
The study showed that one twenty minute meditation session improves your body’s response to anger by reducing breathing rate and heart rate, helping to balance blood pressure, and giving you more self control. And in fact, people who have been meditating for a long time may exhibit no bodily response to anger at all.
READ: Meditation For Anger.
6. Benefits of meditation for social anxiety
If like me you have suffered from social anxiety at some point in your life, you will know that it can really affect your lifestyle. But thankfully, meditation can treat social anxiety and make you more sociable.
Candance Pert [pharmacologist, neuroscientist and researcher at the National Institute of Health] found that meditation releases endorphins which create positive feelings and cure social anxiety. Another study by Dr. Sara Lazar compared the brains of meditators to non-meditators and found that meditators had thicker areas of their brain’s cortex, especially in emotion processing areas. This showed that they were happier and more confident, and thereby less likely to suffer social anxiety.
A Reddit user asked the community whether they were more or less sociable since they started meditating. The vast majority of people said they are more sociable. But interestingly, people who were overly sociable and who felt dependent on socialising said they felt less obligated to be social.
7. Relationship Benefits of meditation for couples–Intimacy
Meditation makes you more intimate with loved ones because of the other benefits that we have looked at in this list. For instance, meditation makes you more confident so you are more comfortable being intimate. Meditation also makes you more aware, so you can truly feel your lover. Meditation also helps you to relax and be in the moment, and it’s easy to see how those qualities would help with intimacy too.
8. Loving Kindness Meditation improves tolerance and stops racism
Meditation makes you more tolerant of other people and can stop prejudices. And this is particularly true of Loving Kindness Meditation.
Alexander Stell, a doctoral student on the University Of Sussex’ psychology degree program, says, “Some meditation techniques are about much more than feeling good, and might be an important tool for enhancing inter-group harmony.
“We wanted to see whether doing Loving Kindness Meditation towards a member of another ethnic group would reduce the automatic preference people tend to show for their own ethnic group.”
In his study, Stell took 71 Caucasian, non-meditating adults and showed them a photo of a black person. Half the group were asked to just look at the photo. The other half were asked to practice loving kindness meditation and imagine sending out positive feelings to the black person in the photo.
The researchers studied the participants’ prejudices using the Implicit Association Test, which asks test subjects to describe the people in the photo.
The research shows that after loving kindness meditation people are more likely to describe the black person in the photo in a positive way. The researchers concluded that Loving Kindness Meditation is a powerful way to quickly end personal prejudices.
9. Benefits of meditation for love
Buddhists advocate the important of “universal loving kindness”, which is love for all people and animals. But naturally, this is not easy to achieve. The average person has certain prejudices, and even the most enlightened among us tend to have one or two people who we struggle to get along with.
Meditation, however, can increase your capacity for love. It does this in a number of ways. Firstly, it allows you to see past your own prejudices by being mindful. It also helps you to accept other people, and especially their shortcomings. And it boosts compassion.
Source: Own experience, plus a combination of the scientific research above.
READ: Meditation For Love
10. Relationship Benefits of meditation for compassion and empathy
One of the lesser known and lesser studied benefits of meditation is that it makes you more empathetic and more compassionate. But historically, this was one of the main reasons why Buddhist monks meditate.
Buddhists have always known that meditation improves empathy and compassion. And now, scientific research has proven that claim. In a study, a group of meditators heard the sound of a woman in distress while researchers studied their brains. The tests showed that meditators have heightened activity in the areas of the brain that regulate empathy and compassion.
11. Meditation improves relations at work
It can be a challenge to maintain healthy and productive workplace relationships for one simple reason. Work is one of the most stressful environments. And when we are stressed we become less receptive, less emotionally balanced, less empathetic, less compassionate, and less tolerant. That’s precisely why if you have a bad day at work you might end up regretting something you say. But meditation can help.
Meditation helps you to relax at work. Take a 15 minute mindfulness break at some point in the day. It will remove stress, help you to relax, and restore you to your normal, tolerant, patient self. And then you will have positive workplace relationships and you will be less likely to say something you end up regretting.
Isn’t it amazing how meditation affects you? So far we’ve looked at psychological, health, and relational benefits of meditation. And it’s already obvious that meditation is extremely helpful.
My aim with this list is to encourage people to start meditating. If that is a cause you believe in, please help by sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks.
Now to look at one more aspect of your life that is improved by meditation: your mood.