The Biology Of Kindness : How It Makes Us Happier And Healthier

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Maria Szalavitz, a writer for the TIMES magazine, wrote a media article in the social connection section called The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier. She said to stay physically and mentally fit you need to have strong relationships. Strong relationships are as important as avoiding chronic diseases and risk factors leading to those diseases. The information she referenced in the media article came from a study published in the Psychological Science Journal. Maria Szalavitz first introduces the researchers, the professors, and the location where the research took place. Then she explains the individuals facilitated in the experiment. Sixty five members of the university’s faculty and staff were in the study on meditation and stress. Half of the individuals randomly got assigned to take an hour-long class each week for six weeks in “loving-kindness” mediation. This mediation centered on warm and compassionate thoughts about yourself and others. In the class, participants thought compassionately about others by thinking their own words, thoughts, feelings, and concerns of life. Then they would expand their thoughts to include their social relationships with their families, friends, and anyone they had contact. The researchers taught people to silently repeat phrases that would make them happier and cleanse their minds from negative beliefs. In stressful situations, the instructor told the participants to say positive phrases to reassure themselves.

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