10 Reasons Why Meditation Is America's New Push-Up for the Brain The push-up is an incredible tool to help you get in great physical shape; that's why it's used in almost every gym in America. With all the scientific evidence pointing to mindfulness meditation, the practice is literally becoming America's next push-up for the brain. Here are 10 reasons why you should do the practice. 1. It may make you happier . The practice helps you to cultivate more positive states of mind; if you're happy you will do better in every area of your life. Emotions are contagious, and when you're happy you spread that feeling to everyone around you. 2. There's evidence that it strengthens the brain. A study done at UCLA suggest that meditation actually strengthens the brain in a good way. Studies like this are pointing to the fact that meditation is literally a workout for the brain. How about right before you do your sit-ups, you incorporate some meditation to strengthen the brain? 3. It may help you focus at work. Our hectic, technology-filled lifestyle is talking all of our attention; we're constantly checking emails, Facebook updates, and our Twitter accounts. A new study suggested that meditation may make you more focused at work. 4. It could make you a more compassionate person. Meditation helps you to calm down by centering your focus on your breathing and the sensations in your body. It also helps you recognize positive emotions within your ow...