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Emma Watson meditates. Katy Perry and LeBron James meditate. Jon Krop meditates. (OK, that last one is me, but still.) Trendy meditation studios are opening in major US cities, and meditation apps like Headspace have racked up millions of downloads.

Still, every time I read that meditation is “the hot new thing,” I have to laugh. It’s over 2,500 years old! Meditation—and a related concept called mindfulness—is gaining popularity today for the same reason it was popular in ancient India: It’s really good for you. As a growing body of scientific evidence confirms, practicing meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress, pain, anxiety, and depression; improve focus; and make us happier, healthier, and even more creative.

Best of all, meditation is a simple practice that anyone can do.

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