A Prescription For Better Health

Lisa F. Berkman, PhD, is Thomas Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health. Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH,is Dean, DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice and Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center. Terry T. Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is President, John A. Hartford Foundation. James S. Jackson, PhD,is Director, Research Professor, Institute for Social Research and Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan.

In addition, listening to respiration causes most individuals to slow it down and to deepen it, which as I actually have talked about, is soothing. Cognitive sources are restricted, and so when individuals consider breathing, they don’t seem to be excited about their worries. Those who practice mindfulness learn to notice when their consideration drifts away from respiration and goes back to their considerations, they usually prepare themselves to return periodically to their breathing. … Read More