Keep calm

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

We’ve all felt that pang when we’re left out, but mind­ful­ness can help ease the sting. Re­searchers from Ox­ford Univer­sity had 40 par­tic­i­pants an­swer a ques­tion­naire on how mind­ful they typ­i­cally were, and then mea­sured the ac­tiv­ity of their brain while they tossed a vir­tual ball back-and-forth with two oth­ers. Af­ter a few min­utes, the par­tic­i­pants’ part­ners (who were ac­tu­ally com­puter pro­grams) stopped toss­ing the ball to the par­tic­i­pants and just passed it be­tween them­selves. In many par­tic­i­pants, this evoked strong feel­ings of dis­tress, how­ever those who rated more highly on the mind­ful­ness ques­tion­naire re­ported less dis­tress when they were left out. It’s thought that it could be a good cop­ing strat­egy, as it al­lows peo­ple to fo­cus their aware­ness on their present feel­ings, with­out judg­ing them as in­her­ently neg­a­tive or pos­i­tive.

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