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It’s likely at some point in your life, in times of stress, someone’s told you to breathe deeply. Well, according to TIME,

Now new data shows breathing deeply through the nose, and out through the mouth really does impact brain activity. Northwestern University researchers found participants were able to recognize faces expressing fear faster when they were inhaling through their noses than when they were exhaling. In another test, participants were better able to remember object they encountered on a screen if they saw the objects while inhaling. When mouth-breathing, all these effect disappeared. This new study is the first to show that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the brain, and more research is needed.

Breath happy!

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