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    Mindfulness teaches you to be aware of your feelings and:

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    Mindfulness teaches you to be aware of your feelings and:

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    When you practice mindfulness, you live in the moment. You focus on your breathing, how your body feels, and what’s around you. It helps you understand your emotions and realize that they come and go -- they don’t define you. Once you accept your feelings without thinking of them as “right” or “wrong,” you can change any unhealthy thought patterns.

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    Regular mindfulness can physically change parts of your brain.

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    Regular mindfulness can physically change parts of your brain.

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    Practicing mindfulness -- especially meditation -- can make the area of your brain that controls your attention span grow over time. It can also fatten up your brain stem and increase the gray matter in your brain, all of which helps you process your emotions better and stay healthier.

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    This person said meditation is “the deepest rest your brain can get.”

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    This person said meditation is “the deepest rest your brain can get.”

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    All three celebrities practice mindfulness, along with many other famous people, including Steven Seagal, Gisele Bundchen, and Russell Simmons.

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    Practicing mindfulness can affect your genes.

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    Practicing mindfulness can affect your genes.

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    The relaxation you feel when you practice being mindful might play a part in which genes are active in your body. Specifically, it can make the ones linked to inflammation less active. This can not only improve your health, but it may help you live longer, too.

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    The practice of mindfulness has roots in:

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    The practice of mindfulness has roots in:

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    Buddhists have used the basics of mindful meditation for thousands of years. It isn’t a religious practice, but it does have a lot of the same features as some types of prayer, which can have similar effects for some people.

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    Mindfulness helps with stress by:

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    Over time, it gives you more control over your emotions and helps you process them differently. This may also help with anxiety and mood disorders.

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    Mindfulness isn’t effective for children under 10.

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    Mindfulness isn’t effective for children under 10.

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    Meditation and self-awareness have been shown to help children as young as 7 have more self-control and learn to concentrate better. These practices may be especially helpful for children who have ADHD.

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    Practicing mindfulness may help you fight off illness.

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    Practicing mindfulness may help you fight off illness.

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    Some studies show it may boost your immune system and even help with the effects of aging. But more research is needed to understand exactly what those effects are and how it works. 

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    Mindfulness can help with chronic pain because it:

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    Mindfulness can help with chronic pain because it:

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    Mindfulness may not be able to take away pain or cure what causes it, but it can help you feel all your emotions, including positive ones. It also can help you take control of the pain and your feelings and handle your condition better.

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    Mindfulness may help with depression.

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    Mindfulness may help with depression.

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    Early studies also show that people who have bipolar disorder or an anxiety disorder might benefit from it as part of their treatment plan as well. And if antidepressants have helped and you’re in remission, mindfulness may work just as well as medication to keep it at bay.

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Sources | Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on December 13, 2016 Medically Reviewed on December 13, 2016

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American Psychological Association: “What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?”

Arthritis Foundation: “Ease Arthritis Symptoms with Meditation.”

Cognitive Therapy and Research: “Changes in Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation in an Exposure-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression.”

Huffington Post: “How 5 Mega-Famous People Make Time for Daily Meditation.”

Mental Health Foundation: “What is mindfulness and how can mindfulness help me?” “Mindfulness.”
National Institutes of Health: “The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Training for Children with ADHD and Mindful Parenting for their Parents,” “Interventions shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4–12 Years Old.”

PLOS: “Genomic Counter-Stress Changes Induced by the Relaxation Response.”

Psychiatry Research: “Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density.”

Psychotherapy: “What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness? A Practice Review of Psychotherapy-Related Research.”
The British Journal of Psychiatry: “Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy v. group psychoeducation for people with generalised anxiety disorder: randomised controlled trial.”

Rolling Stone: “18 Things You Learn Following Katy Perry Around.”

The Telegraph: “Celebrities who meditate.”

University of California The Greater Good Science Center: “What is Mindfulness?” “Is Mindfulness as Good as Antidepressants?”

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