The benefits of meditation can include improving your relationships with friends, family and spouse, to improving your performance at your career. There are many reasons why meditation assists in these categories. The primary reason is that through meditation, you are taking control of how you think and allowing your body and mind to focus and relax. The removal of stress often gives you the clarity of thought required to keep relationships stable, as well as keep your work from overwhelming you. Many people come to meditation for the benefits of stress reduction. Stress is often the number one cause of problems at home or at work, and is cited as the leading cause of illness. By lowering the levels of stress you feel, you are more capable of handling the problems when they arise. While meditation cannot prevent problems from happening, it can better prepare you to deal with them. As those who meditate tend to be better balanced and well rested, small problems are less likely to become large ones. A few other benefits of meditation include the ability to better focus and think more clearly. The subject of meditation is studied frequently, but it is still a bit of a mystery on how meditating does so much to improve the thought process. It is speculated that meditation allows you to exercise parts of the mind that are normally left lying dormant. By using more of your brain, you have the improved means to handle issues that may arise. As you are exercising your mind during meditation, your memory also improves, which aids in the ability to focus. One of the less often considered benefits of meditation is the fact that you put your body into a state of rest. This rest can serve as effectively as a short nap, and in my ways, more effectively. As you put your mind and body into a state of rest through some forms of meditation, you have all of the benefits of sleep without having actually slept. This prevents the groggy sensation that many people endure when they are first waking after sleep. Many people can reap the benefits of meditation wherever they are. Meditation can be done anywhere you can sit still and ignore what is around you. This makes private offices, and even the commute to work, ideal places to meditate, especially if you take public transit or another form of meditation where you are not the driver.