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Study finds vacation and meditation lead to 'quantifiable change' in well-being

Thanks to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Harvard Medical School, you now have a scientific reason for taking a resort vacation.

In what sounds like the best study ever, 64 women (aged 30-60) were sent to a serene resort in Carlsbad, California for six days. The participants were randomized; half were instructed to take part in a meditation training program run by the Chopra Center for Well Being (Deepak Chopra was not involved in data collection or analysis), and the other half were "simply on vacation." An additional 30 women who were experienced meditators and were already enrolled in Chopra's program that week were also studied. Researchers then took blood samples and survey answers both immediately before and after the resort stay from all 94 participants in an effort to compare the "vacation effect" with the "meditation effect." (They also conducted more surveys one month…

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