A recent study has indicated that by improving psychological health, it is possible that practicing meditation helps people to deal with hardship in a more successful and wise manner by arming them with the resources needed to handle the challenge rather than viewing it as a threat.
Researchers administered standard surveys to measure wisdom and experience among four groups of practitioners of mental and somatic practices, namely, meditators, practitioners of the Alexander Technique of stress relief, practitioners of the Feldenkrais Method of movement awareness, and classical ballet dancers. Three dimensions of cognitive, reflective, and affective wisdom were analysed. The researchers additionally administered surveys of trait anxiety and empathy to all participants to explore possible mediating relationships of experience and wisdom by characteristics thought to be components of wisdom. Wisdom was higher on average among meditation practitioners.