I found a wonderful article on Psychology Today that gives us all 20 scientific reasons to start meditating (complete with links to studies)!
Please go check it out at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-it/201309/20-scientific-reasons-start-meditating-today.
Here is a teaser copied from the article:
20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today
New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success!
I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released. Here are 20 scientifically-validated reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon today:
Here is an infographic the author made: