A recent article in Huffington Post offered a quick overview (with additional links) to ancient beliefs and practices now supported by scientific studies.
The beliefs and practices include: helping others (hedonistic vs. eudaimonic), acupuncture, community support, tai chi, meditation, compassion, acceptance, and love.
Benefits mentioned are increased antibody protection, pain reduction, longevity, stress reduction, improved mitochondrial energy production, positive effects on gene expression, deeper meaning, life satisfaction, love - and, of course, happiness!
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Sonata in Joy Major by Denita Benyshek.
Reverse-collaged glass, 6'2" H x 32" W.
Dr. Benyshek is a devoted psychotherapist and marriage counselor, a professional artist, and an internationally renowned researcher on contemporary artists as shamans.