Meditation has proven to be effective in promoting stress reduction, relaxation, and productivity. Likewise, it also helps with managing depression, blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease. While you will probably notice the short-term benefits of meditation, the long-term benefits can be even greater. According to researchers at UCLA, the brain gets stronger as meditation is practiced over time. Brain strength is measured in the amount of gyrification, or folding of brain tissue, a trait which allows the brain to process information more efficiently. Gyrification is good for memory, attention, thought, and self-confidence.