Meditation, the art of stilling the mind, has been practiced for thousands of years. Mindfulness, on the other hand, is very much the new kid on the block – it was adapted from Buddhist and yogic practices just over thirty years ago. But both have the exact same aim – to give you back control of your life and your mind. A huge raft of research has shown what the yogis have known all along – meditation techniques have hugely beneficial effects. Meditators see their doctors less and spent 70 percent fewer days in hospital. All manner of physiological problems (from hypertension to headaches, from allergies to asthma) improve when you meditate. So too do psychological issues – anxiety, depression decrease while memory improves. Bottom line? Meditation makes you happier and healthier. So what are you waiting for?