The Greater Good Take on Mind & Body

A growing body of research is finding that our mental states and physical health are intimately related to each other.

Certain physical activities--especially exercise, meditation, and spending time with other people--can have profound effects on our psychological well-being. At the same time, negative thinking can hurt our physical health while positive thinking can strengthen our bodies and lengthen our lives.

Indeed, the scientific evidence says that practicing skills like gratitude, forgiveness, and mindfulness lowers blood pressure, improves immune systems, and helps our hearts bounce back from stressful events, among other benefits. And studies strongly suggest that our social connections are instrumental to our physical and mental health.

The Greater Good Science Center translates findings like these into resources that benefit health professionals, caregivers, and anyone who wants to cultivate a healthier mind and body.

Key Mind & Body Content

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