Recent research by Emily Lykin and Ruth Baer at the University of Kentucky (Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 2009, vol 23(3)) showed that the long term practice of meditation (over 7 years) has positive effects on psychological well-being. Long term meditators were compared to non-meditators on various tests and they reported better able to
Be nonjudgemental of their experience
Enjoy psychological well-being
Not get carried away by their thoughts
Regulate emotional states
Be more self-compassionate
They also found that being more mindful helped reducing fear of emotional states, rumination and increased behavioural self-regulation.