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Serenity now! 21 tips to make meditation a habit

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Ground yourself

Meditation is a real gift to yourself — it helps reduce stress, keep small irritations in perspective, and grounds you when you most need it.  A Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital study in 2011 concluded that participants who meditated twice a day showed marked changes in MRI scans of the areas of their brains related to empathy and sense of self (more dense) and anxiety and stress (less dense). Taking even a few minutes a day to refocus the brain and breath can calm you. And who living in this stressful world wouldn't want a little more serenity?
© Woman meditating on a rock (Christer Fredriksson/Getty Images)
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