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Benefits of Mindfulness May Be Overstated

Researchers claim benefits of mindfulness are being exaggerated

(Newser) - Mindfulness is the hot new trend in mental health, but a recent study says the scientific community might be overselling its effectiveness. Mindfulness, as Nature defines it, "is the practice of being aware of thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad." Prior studies have found it... More »

Doing Dishes Relieves Stress— If You Do It Right

Mindfulness can be achieved through the most mundane everyday activities

(Newser) - Washing the dishes can be a calming activity, and not just because it's repetitive. Reporting in the journal Mindfulness , Florida State University researchers say that those who do it mindfully (i.e., really smelling the soap, sensing the water temperature) enjoy increased feelings of inspiration and decreased nervousness. Not... More »

New on the Menu: Mindful Eating

Buddhist practice gains mainstream popularity

(Newser) - Can you imagine taking 20 minutes to eat three raisins? That's one of the exercises associated with the increasingly popular trend of "mindful eating," the New York Times reports. Mindful eating is basically meditation with food, and it started, of course, at Buddhist monasteries. But health experts... More »

Group Urges Docs to Prescribe Meditation

'Mindfulness' effective in preventing relapse

(Newser) - The best prescription for recurrent depression isn't pills or talk therapy, it's "mindfulness"—a combination of meditation, yoga, and breathing techniques that empties the mind of negative thoughts. So claims a UK mental health organization so impressed by its effectiveness in combating chronic depression that they're urging doctors... More »

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