Studies for Mindful Living


Feb. 7, 2019 - Being kind to yourself has mental and physical benefits, research shows. “A study by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford has found that taking part in self-compassion exercises calms the heart rate, switching off the body’s threat response. Previous studies have shown that this threat response damages the immune system. Researchers believe the ability to switch off this response may lower the risk of disease.” The self-compassion exercise in this study consisted of an 11 minute audio recorded guided body scan.

Jan. 17, 2019 - Mayo Clinic study finds mindfulness may be associated with fewer menopausal symptoms and may be helpful for women struggling with irritability, anxiety and depression.

Nov. 19, 2018 - Response to daily stressors could affect brain health in older adults. “Taking typical daily annoyances such as a long wait at the doctor’s office or a traffic jam on the freeway in stride may help preserve brain health in older adults, while emotional reactions could contribute to declines in cognition, a new study from Oregon State University has found.”

Nov. 19, 2018 - “A new study led by researchers at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, discovered that, of four online communication technologies, using video chat to connect with friends and family appeared to hold the most promise in staving off depression among seniors.”

Aug 8, 2018 - A small study by UC Davis Health pain management researchers suggest that art and art museum tours may offer relief from chronic pain.

Aug 6, 2018 -  Researchers at Yale University and Swarthmore College report even quick meditation aids cognitive skills. "...even people who have never meditated before can benefit from even a short meditation practice."

March 12, 2018 - Sit, Stay, Heal: Study finds therapy dogs help stressed university students from researchers at University of British Columbia.

Photo courtesy of  Gabrielle Henderson    April 9, 2015 -     A Grateful Heart is a Healthier Heart     according to a study at Univ. of California, San Diego.‘“We found that those patients who kept gratitude journals for those eight weeks showed reductions in circulating levels of several important inflammatory biomarkers, as well as an increase in heart rate variability while they wrote. Improved heart rate variability is considered a measure of reduced cardiac risk…”’

Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Henderson

April 9, 2015 - A Grateful Heart is a Healthier Heart according to a study at Univ. of California, San Diego.‘“We found that those patients who kept gratitude journals for those eight weeks showed reductions in circulating levels of several important inflammatory biomarkers, as well as an increase in heart rate variability while they wrote. Improved heart rate variability is considered a measure of reduced cardiac risk…”’

Feb 7, 2018 - Positive attitudes about aging reduce risk of dementia in older adults reported from study led by the Yale School of Public Health. 

Jan. 23, 2018In new published UCLA study, participants experienced significant improvements in their memory and attention abilities with curcumin supplement.

Dec. 18, 2017 - Cambridge University research shows mindfulness training helps to build resilience among undergraduates even during periods of stressful exams.

Sept. 6, 2017 - Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels according to study from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Aug. 22, 2017 - Univ. of Minnesota study published in Journal of Health Psychology shows mindful coffee consumption may help reduce sugar intake.

July 10, 2017 - Mindfulness May Lower Blood Sugar Levels from Penn State College of Medicine Study.

Nov. 16, 2012 - UCSF study suggests a possible link between mind wandering and aging, by looking at telomere length, an emerging biomarker for cellular and general bodily aging.

January 21, 2011 - Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report "Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress."