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Diminishes Feelings of Loneliness

meditation-image-58A study conducted by researchers at UCLA found that a simple meditation practice can help reduce feelings of loneliness in elderly people. Participants in an eight week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program not only experienced less feelings of loneliness, but also presented with lower levels of inflammation. This study is the first to suggest a potential link between psychological intervention to address loneliness and decreased inflammation levels. While inflammation is an important component of the body’s immune system, chronic inflammation is a detrimental symptom that is now associated with psychological disorders, including those informed by feelings of loneliness. Therefore, the conclusion that meditation aids in the treatment of both loneliness and inflammation is a promising development.

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