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The Scientific Benefits of Breathing

Apr 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM PST

We’ve all heard the phrase “Take a deep breath.” Maybe we’ve even noticed how our breath changes depending on how we feel: short and shallow when stressed, deeper when we’re relaxed. It changes when we sigh, yawn, sob or laugh. But one thing we probably have not learned is that, just as the breath changes depending on how we feel, we can also change how we feel using our breath! This is revolutionary, folks, so listen up! It’s so hard to change how we feel: Can you talk yourself out of anger or anxiety? Can you talk yourself into going to sleep when you’re wound up? Nope. The mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. But this is where the breath comes in. I’ve summarized research on breathing techniques and the many ways in which they can impact our health and our well-being in one simple infographic. Benefits of Breathing: The Scientific Benefits of Breathing INFOGRAPHIC - An Infographic from Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

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Emma Seppala is Associate Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. To stay updated on the science of happiness, health and social connection, see and follow Emma on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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