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“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts”.

“IT WAS Buddha who said “your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts”.
Now science appears to be at one with him, after new research showed that negative thoughts can be physiologically harmful, while positive thinking calms the heart rate and can even boost the body’s immune system. In a study carried out by the universities of Exeter and Oxford, 135 people were divided into groups and played a different set of audio instructions.
The two groups encouraged to be kind to themselves reported feeling more self-compassion and connection with others, and had feelings of relaxation and safety. Meanwhile, instructions that induced a critical inner voice led to an increased heart rate – consistent with feelings of threat and distress.
Dr Anke Karl, the lead researcher, told the journal Clinical Psychological Science: “Our study is helping us understand the mechanism of how being kind to yourself when things go wrong could be beneficial in psychological treatments.
“We hope future research can use our method to investigate this in people with mental health problems such as recurrent depression.”

  Article taken from The Telegraph - 7/2/2019