Mindfulness, Health, and Longevity

Jesper Dahlgaard, Malene Munk Jørgensen, Anne Maj van der Velden, A Sumbundu , Niels Gregersen, Rikke Katrine Jentoft Olsen, Mimi Yung Mehlsen

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Abstract

The scientific literature suggests that long-term stress compromises health and longevity. Here, we examine the mechanisms between prolonged stress and health, with a focus on neurological-, neuroendocrine-, immunological-, and molecular-manifestations of allostatic load and pathophysiological processes. Mind-body interventions (MBIs) including mindfulness-based therapies (MBT) are behavioral health interventions inspired by eastern philosophical traditions and mind-body practices (e.g., yoga) with a focus on cultivating mind-body awareness and attitudinal qualities of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In this chapter, we look at how mindfulness may impact health and longevity from (a) a biological perspective, (b) a clinical perspective, (c) a Buddhist philosophical perspective, and finally, (d) a broader societal perspective. We present results from clinical research that incorporate MBT and MBIs, and propose considerations for behavioral health interventions and collective societal change processes. Overall, the field reveals that MBT and other MBIs have a potential for reversing stress-mediated pathophysiological processes across the life span. This may occur through a shift toward more intermediate levels of perceived stress, closer to the hormetic zone, with improved regulation of SNS, promoting well-being, health, and longevity. Finally, we look at initiatives starting to advocate and implement the mental health benefits of MBTs in society more broadly.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Science of Hormesis in Health and Longevity
RedaktørerSuresh I.S. Rattan, Marios Kyriazis
Antal sider13
ForlagAcademic Press
Publikationsdato2019
Sider243-255
Kapitel22
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-12-814253-0
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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