The New Science of Thriving

As awareness grows about the importance of emotional wellbeing, the power of mindfulness to build resilience is handing public health a powerful tool to help people thrive despite adversity, explains Christina Bethell, a Population, Family and Reproductive Health professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In research published in Health Affairs in 2014, Bethell and colleagues estimated that ½ of all US children have experienced adversity, such as emotional or physical neglect or abuse—which in turn are associated with higher rates of health problems including asthma, ADHD, depression, anxiety, obesity and autism spectrum disorders.

But Bethell also cites evidence that practicing mindfulness can interrupt our autopilot and retrain our nervous system, helping us build resilience that can trump adversity—part of the emerging “science of thriving.”
Christina Bethell, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine

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