Research report 2021 - Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Hair analysis shows: Meditation training reduces long-term stress
Forschungsgruppe Sozialer Stress und Familiengesundheit
SummaryMental training that promotes skills such as mindfulness, gratitude or compassion reduces the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in hair. The amount of cortisol in hair provides information about how much a person is burdened by persistent stress. Earlier positive training effects had been shown in acutely stressful situations or on individual days – or were based on study participants’ self-reports. The current study thus provides the first objective evidence that mental training reduces physical signs of long periods of stress, even in healthy people.