Can Spirituality Change Our Brain and Prevent Depression?

My answer – yes!!

lara trace hentz

A recent study has indicated that the practice of regular spiritual activity can help alleviate and protect against depression.

The study, which was published online by JAMA Psychiatry, showed that a thickening of the brain cortex was associated with regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice, and could be the reason why those activities guard against depression – particularly in people who are predisposed to the disease, according to new research led by Lisa Miller, professor and director of Clinical Psychology and director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The research programme assessed 103 adults who had either a high or low risk of depression, based on their family history. The subjects were asked how highly they valued religion or spirituality, then brain MRIs were taken, which showed thicker cortices in subjects who placed a high importance on religion or spirituality than those…

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