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Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

Women between ages 30 and 60 that were novice meditators had less depression and stress markers after six days of meditating while at a resort than peers just vacationing there.

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health

Adults that reported feeling awe and wonder while walking in nature or listening to music had lower levels of an inflammation marker.

Purpose and Meaning Help Seniors Live Longer

Seniors that feel they have purpose and meaning in their lives are less likely to die between the ages of 65 and 73.

Spirituality is Beneficial for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients with strong religious or spiritual beliefs experience fewer symptoms, lower anxiety and distress, and stronger social health, researchers find.

Non-Natural Painkillers Double Depression Risk

Large doses of opioid medication significantly increase the danger of depression, a Veterans Administration study has found.

Social Isolation Linked to Earlier Death

A study of 3 million people concluded that people that are lonely and isolated have as great a risk of early death as heavy smokers, alcoholics and the obese.

Tough Family Life Linked to Chromosome Aging

Children raised in unstable or harsh conditions have shorter chromosomes, a condition linked to shorter lifespans.

Nostalgia Arms Us for the Future

Thinking wistfully about the past makes us more optimistic about the future and sparks joy and higher self-regard.

Happy Life, Healthy Heart

No matter our age, weight or smoking status, feeling upbeat reduces the danger of heart attacks and strokes.

Digital Detox

A national drive is underway to separate children, even if briefly, from the digital devices that work to distract thinking and pull down grades.
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