Keep calm

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Mind­ful­ness can help ease the sting of feel­ing left out. 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) started toss­ing the

ball just between them­selves. In many par­tic­i­pants, this evoked strong feel­ings

of dis­tress, how­ever those who rated more highly on mind­ful­ness 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 good or bad.

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