"Mindfulness" training reduces loneliness - and pro-inflammatory gene expression. Interesting.

I found this study intriguing, in part because it was co-sponsored by UCLA's Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, which sounds pretty cool. Basically, the new study (just published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity ; press release here ) took a group of lonely older adults and gave them eight weeks of "mindfulness-based stress reduction" training, which "teaches the mind to simply be attentive to the present and not dwell in the past or project into the future." Sure enough, the mindfulness training made the subjects feel less lonely (whereas the control group didn't see any improvements). But here's the interesting part. Apparently loneliness is linked to increased risk of lots of conditions like heart disease and Alzheimer's. One of the clues thought to explain this link is that lonely people have elevated markers of inflammation -- or, more precisely, the...

Full article: http://sweatscience.runnersworld.com/2012/08/mindfulness-...

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