What the science of prayer says

A survey TNS SOFRES indicated that 50% of French people pray or meditate. Most often to “ask for a cure or a success for those around him”, or even to “give oneself the strength to live”. But what does the science of prayer say?

DOctor Herbert Benson, of Harvard, talks about the physiological state that occurs when we pray. Praying increases certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, which promotes relaxation, focus, well-being and motivation. Lisa Miller of Columbia University conducted a study of 103 people at high risk for depression. Through MRI, she showed that those who prayed had a thicker cerebral cortex, which has been linked with decreased depression and anxiety.

according to a study published in the journal Sociology of Religion, people who pray and have a loving and protective view of God have a strong reduction in symptoms related to anxiety. Whereas those who pray with a more critical conception of a God, would feel more rejection.

Or when one prayer a day keeps the doctor away!

MC

source: Breaking Christian News

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