You know you “should” meditate, bypass the elevator for the stairs, and order a salad instead of a sandwich—they’re the “healthy” things to do, after all. But when you can’t relax, ran that morning, and are craving bread, it’s easy to think one tiny choice doesn’t mean anything. However, recent research shows that some seemingly insignificant acts may have significant payoff when it comes to your physical and mental wellness, waistline, and work performance. Make these seven picks and never again worry that you did the wrong thing.
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You Make Time for Meditation
Studies show: Less anxiety and lowered blood pressure
A 2012 study found that just seven days of daily 30-minute mediation reduced participants’ blood pressure and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Meditate regularly for eight weeks, and you may find yourself happier and more compassionate: Mindful meditation—the most common type, which focuses on breathing and awareness—
produced positive lasting changes in the areas of the brain that govern emotion in a recent Chinese study. Not sure how to start? We like Living Meditation ($16.50; amazon.com) with David Harshada Wagner.