Meditation has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, relieve depression, increase productivity, and promote creative thinking.
Mindfulness, which has its roots in the teachings of the Buddha, can be a transformative practice for Buddhist and secular practitioners alike. The practice of compassion, or Bodhicitta which is central is the Buddhist path, has also been proven to improve health, emotional well being, increase happiness, improve personal relationships, and benefit families and communities at large.
Meditation is not about trying to turn off your thoughts and emotions. It is about training in awareness and learning to observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment.