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50+ Mind Blowing Meditation Statistics (2023)

50+ Mind Blowing Meditation Statistics (2023)

We regularly talk about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices on Chakra Practice. Meditation has been shown to have huge health benefits for our physical and mental health, and it’s an important tool for chakra healing. 

Chakra meditation is a powerful way to connect our body, mind and soul. Through meditation we can see through the mental chatter and emotional blockages that stand in the way of our chakra healing, allowing us to focus on the flow of energy throughout our system. 

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of fascinating statistics about the growth of meditation, how it’s practiced and the effects of meditation for our wellbeing. 

Statistics About the Popularity of Meditation

We all know that meditation is becoming more popular, but these statistics show just how important it is globally. 

  • It’s estimated that 200–500 million people meditate worldwide. (Rakicevic, 2021)
  • Over 14% of American adults have meditated at least once. (NHIS)
  • In the UK, approximately 15% of adults meditate. (Sage)
  • Meditation is the second most popular mind and body practice in the US, behind yoga. (Fifty)
  • A quarter of Gen Z engage in mindfulness or meditation to improve their physical well-being. (Georgiou & Chheda, 2020)
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Statistics About Meditation Markets

The practice of meditation is not just about healing and wellness, it’s also a huge industry in its own right:

  • The meditating app market is expected to reach US$4.64bn in 2023. (Statista)
  • Meditation app users spend an average US$21.21. (Statista)
  • The US is the biggest market for meditation apps. (Statista)
  • Over a third of purchased health apps in the US are meditation apps. (Stewart, 2020)
  • The top 10 meditation influencers get between 45,000 to 150,000 likes per post. (Heepsy, 2021)
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Statistics About People Who Meditate

Did you know that there are actually some common characteristics that individuals who meditate often share:

  • Women are twice as likely to meditate compared to men. (NCHS)
  • More than 90% of women say they find meditation very helpful. (NCBI)
  • 23% of meditation and mindfulness app users are early adopters of new technology. (Statista)
  • Meditation and mindfulness app users are better at remembering ads they hear on streaming services than the average listener. (Statista)
  • In the UK, 38% of meditation and mindfulness app users have a higher than average annual household income. (Statista)
  • The age group that meditates the most is adults between the ages of 45-64. (NIH)
  • 70% of people who meditate have been practicing for less than 2 years. (Mellowed)
  • 87% of people meditate by themselves rather than in a group. (Mellowed)
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What’s the Most Popular Meditation App in Statistics?

Meditation apps are a really useful tool to guide your meditation practice and help you build your confidence:

  • Calm is the most popular app for meditation with consumers spending a total 119.19 million USD on Calm premium features in 2021. (Statista)
  • Headspace was the second most popular meditation app in 2021, with 86 million USD in consumer spending. (Statista)

Statistics About the Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness

The beneficial effects of mindfulness meditation have been revealed in countless studies:

  • Meditation and mindfulness can reduce depression relapses by 12%. (NCBI)
  • A study showed that back pain sufferers who practice meditation or a mindfulness program are more likely to experience a 30% improvement in their ability to carry out daily tasks. (Good Body)
  • Studies showed that 20 minutes of daily mindfulness meditation resulted in a  significant reduction in pro-inflammatory activity. (McEwen, 2020)
  • According to a study, meditation can help alongside treatment for chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, and musculoskeletal pain. (Maglione et al.)
  • Practicing transcendental meditation has been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients and support heart health, according to a study. (Bai et al.)
  • A study also reveals that transcendental meditation can slow the rate of cellular aging and is also associated with longevity. (Alexander et al.)
  • According to a study, 10 minutes of daily meditation can curb unhealthy food cravings by 40%. (Mackenzie, 2019)
  • Practicing meditation can counter the effects of anxiety disorders by reducing the stress response. (Hoge et al.)
  • Meditation classes can help people with social anxiety disorders by improving emotion regulation. (Goldin & Gross)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can help in treating adults with ADHD. (Schoenberg et al.)
  • A study found that mindfulness training can help reduce postpartum depression symptoms. (Sheydaei et al.)
  • A 2020 report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that mindfulness practices were connected to a short term improvement in lower-back pain. (The BMJ)
  • A 2019 analysis of 18 studies found that sleep quality was improved by mindful meditation practices. (ResearchGate)
  • A 2017 review of 15 studies found that mindfulness-based practices were effective methods for managing eating behaviors such as binge eating. (NCBI)
  • 84% of people who meditate do so to reduce stress and anxiety levels. (Mellowed)
  • 53% of people who meditate say it improves memory and concentration. (Thrive My Way)
  • 80% of people who practice meditation report that it lowers their blood pressure. (Thrive My Way)
  • Meditation is thought to reduce insomnia by as much as 50%. (Harvard Medical School)
  • A 2020 report found that employee productivity and focus increased by 120% with a regular meditation and mindfulness practice. (NCBI)
  • A study found that when employers introduce a meditation program, it leads to a reduction in absenteeism by up to 85%. (NCBI)
  • A study found that meditation activate the part of the brain which helps us deal with stressful or negative situations. (Cahn & Polich, 2006; Davidson et al., 2003)
  • Studies show that people who practice mindfulness are less likely to become stressed by relationship conflicts. (Barnes et al., 2007)
  • Mindfulness and meditation training has been shown to increase self-compassion in self-care professionals. (Shapiro, Astin, Bishop, & Cordova, 2005)
  • Studies show that individuals who practice mindfulness get less distracted and have  higher productivity levels. (American Psychological Association)
  • Students who practice meditation and mindfulness perform better at school. (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Studies show that the practice of mindfulness is associated with lower stress and lower cortisol levels and higher work engagement. (Frontiers)
  • A study showed that meditation reduced stress levels longer term than a vacation. (Harvard Medical School)
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Statistics About How People Meditate

  • The average person who meditates typically does so 2-3 times a week. (Mellowed, 2020)
  • 80% of people who meditate spend around 30 minutes or less each time they meditate. (Mellowed, 2020)

Statistics About the Origins of Meditation

  • Evidence shows that meditation has been practiced since 5,000 BCE. (News Medical)
  • Mindfulness was documented about 2,600 years ago in Buddhist literature. 

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Author

  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.