The PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) did a study in 2010 with 124 adults which showed that social stressors and pressure (such as public speaking) greatly increased an individual’s inflammatory markers. Inflammation is the result of free-radical production and is one of the most detrimental cycles to our bodies. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, and therefore help with inflammation. We live in a high-pressure, globalized, and networked world. Don’t forget to balance it all with some daily meditation.