A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
Kevin Friery's insight:
Brooding, which is known among cognitive scientists as morbid rumination, is a mental state familiar to most of us, in which we can’t seem to stop chewing over the ways in which things are wrong with ourselves and our lives. This broken-record fretting is not healthy or helpful. It can be a precursor to depression and is disproportionately common among city dwellers compared with people living outside urban areas, studies show.
"the fact that meditation [including mindfulness-based versions] was primarily designed not to make us happier, but to destroy our sense of individual self – who we feel and think we are most of the time – is often overlooked in the science and media stories about it, which focus almost exclusively on the benefits practitioners can expect."
A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.
Kevin Friery's insight:
This is an interesting study but... if it is 'just as helpful' as anti-depressants it also begs the question of where the value lies in this medication approach. I am not remotely anti-meds but we need a better understanding of their role in the treatment and prophylaxis of depression.
"A fascinating first step." It seems like science is building a grand staircase towards a better understanding of Autism - there have been a lot of 'first step' papers in the last couple of years so it will be interesting to see where they take us..
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