It feels as good as drinking a beer, but healthier
Frankly, relaxation is the meditation icing on the meditation cake, and not a major benefit of doing it every day for me. Having a beer has basically the same effect on me, after all.
Every single time I've meditated, I've stood up feeling refreshed and relaxed, even if I was super distracted by my thoughts during the meditation session, instead of focused on my breath or a visualization technique.
I'm basically a better version of myself
I asked my girlfriend, who knew me before I started doing this every day, if she's seen a change in me over the year. I was nervous to ask, because I didn't think there would be a difference. "Your edges are shaved down," she said. I knew what she meant. I'm still me, but a better version of me to be around. "I was (and am) a type-A striver who worried about his career to the point that it made him miserable and unpleasant to be around," Harris told me. "And meditation has shaved the edges off of that significantly." Indeed.