Certain types of meditation are specifically designed to invoke feelings such as compassion and kindness in individuals. When done consistently, they can help participants have increased positive feelings about themselves and others. Such feelings and attitudes may transferable effects on other areas of life. For example, individuals may be more inspired to take care of their physical health, causing them to adopt a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Moreover, attitudes of kindness may help improve their friendships and romantic relationships and may even help reduce social anxiety.
Practising gratitude for one’s life and privileges may help people gain perspective on their personal problems. When you are trying to find aspects in your life to be grateful for, you are compelled to pay more attention to the more positive factors in your life, as opposed to ones that are problematic. Gratefulness can be easily incorporated into one’s meditation practice, by simply sitting still and repetitively thinking about what you are most grateful for. Guided meditations that are focused on gratitude can also be found online.
Through these ways, meditation can be a powerful tool to help keep your mental health intact, even if you do not suffer from any mental illness. However, practising compassionate and grateful meditation could also be beneficial in improving mental illnesses such as depression and social anxiety.