@The Pentacle Queen,
Meditation is all about training the mind through concentrated effort (usually relaxed), through training of the mind many benefits occur (for nearly everybody.)
1) Improved memory
2) Improved attention
3) Reduced levels of stress
4) Improved awareness
5) Improved sleep
6) Less headaches
7) Lower blood pressure
8) Improved logical reasoning (Due to blood being moved towards the frontal lobes during meditation)
And in my opinion it has made me much happier, I don't drink at all any more but still have fun with all my friends! (:
Also after meditation I often find my self in a very pleasant relaxed state of what I would consider 'Gentile Bliss.'
Also it is a very healthy way to use your spare time if you are bored!
I Meditate on my breath in sitting meditation, counting my out breaths to 10 then starting again, for usually around 10-20 minutes 2-3 times a day.
When debating politics with my friends I certainly have not become placid in anyway you can be sure of that.
I believe it has improved my standard of living in many ways try it!