These Old Beliefs are Now Scientifically Proven
Believe it or not, in the few recent years, science has proven some of the beliefs that date back from the ancient times. Ever since it was proven that the Earth is not flat, there has been more and more beliefs verified by science. It seems that old-world intellectuals didn’t get everything wrong in the first place. Some teachings and beliefs thst originate from ancient wisdom have recently been explained.
Let’s see which ancient beliefs science has recently confirmed.
People need a support from a community in order to be happy
We know from traditional Buddhist teachings that community plays a significant role in a person’s life. One study from 2010 (Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) confirmed this belief. The conclusion said that a healthy social life enables a long life.
More than 300,000 people participated in 148 studies, and it was discovered that those with stronger social relationships were 50 percent more likely to live long. This means that the effect of social relationships on mortality risk is bigger than the effect of exercise or obesity.
You can become healthier if you offer a helping hand to other people
Once upon a time, Greek philosophers argued about the benefits of hedonic and eudaemonic happiness. Hedonics said that happiness came from increased pleasure and decreased pain, while eudaemonics said that happiness had its source in a significant purpose or meaning in life.
One study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that both types of happiness can make you feel good, but eudaemonics happiness promotes physical health and longevity. The study found how the two forms of happiness affected individuals on a genetic level. Those people who had a more hedonic attitude had a much lower creation of virus-attacking antibodies, while those with more eudaimonic attitude experienced an increase in antibody production.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that is believed to be able to deal with all the imbalances in a person’s qi (chi). Qi represents the circulating energy within every living thing.
A recent study found that acupuncture may be an effective way to relieve migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pains. About 18,000 people participated in this study, and it was found that acupuncture is more effective than standard western care when treating different types of pain, including migraines and chronic back pain.
Many different ancient traditions agree on one thing — love is necessary for an individual’s happy and healthy life. One Harvard study, led by psychiatrist George Vaillant, followed the lives of 268 male students. He found out that a happy life revolves around loving relationships. According to him, these are aspects of happiness: love and finding a way of living a life that does not push love away.
There is this Tibetan Buddhist tradition which includes a practice called Metta (loving-kindness). A 2012 study from Emory University found that meditation-based compassion can effectively boost people’s ability to empathize with others by reading their facial expressions.
One earlier study from 2011 found that with time, this kind of behavior increased participants’ positive emotions, enabling them to find a deeper sense of their life and increase their overall life satisfaction.
Tai Chi is ancient Chinese martial art that is based on the belief that reaching a balance of mind and body creates an overall sense of peace and harmony, thus leading to a long life.
In 2009, several studies were summarized, confirming that this practice can help prevent and treat many age-related health problems together with standard treatment in older adults. The studies also found that tai chi is helpful for people who have arthritis, low bone density, and heart disease.
Accept the inevitable
Buddhism says that a person must accept the things he cannot change in order to reduce/avoid suffering. This is especially related to seniors. Researchers found that facing the reality of living with assistance and losing a bit of independence helps old people live longer and happier. The study compared feelings of seniors living with assistance and those living in the community. The conclusion was that the ability to accept the inevitable was a significant predictor of life satisfaction. The scientists realized that for adaptation in the old age, both a sense of control and the active acceptance of what cannot be changed have to be handled.
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