Tak­ing five min­utes could save your life

Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - Your Body -

Even a su­per-easy mini med­i­ta­tion can have ex­tra­or­di­nary ben­e­fits. Re­searchers at Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity in Penn­syl­va­nia in the U.S. asked a group of job seek­ers to try mind­ful­ness— sim­ply fo­cus­ing on sights, sounds, or sen­sa­tions, like wa­ter on your skin in the shower—and, af­ter they had a lit­tle prac­tice, the parts of their brains that boost fo­cus were com­mu­ni­cat­ing bet­ter. Months later, the same folks had fewer in­flam­ma­tory mark­ers in their blood, low­er­ing their risk for stress-fu­eled ill­nesses like heart dis­ease and di­a­betes. In other words, start tak­ing a mind­ful pause to­day and you may have a lot more days in your fu­ture.

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