How the "faith factor" can improve your sense of well-being.
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Male Speaker: You're watching Everwell Know More Live Better. Female Speaker: Peace, love, happiness. Male Speaker: Research shows meditation can improve your emotional and physical wellbeing and it's even more powerful when you had something called the Faith Factor. Dr. Herbert Benson: We have this within us and it's a wonderful happenstance if it occurs. Male Speaker: Dr. Herbert Benson is the author of the best selling book the Relaxation Response. He says that when meditating you should add a meaningful chant or mantra that evokes your faith or spirituality. Female Speaker: Peace. Dr. Herbert Benson: It's important to know that each individual should choose for herself or himself an appropriate word, sound, prayer, or phrase. Female Speaker: Joy. Male Speaker: The chant doesn't have to refer to a specific religion. It can represent a personal philosophy or believe system as long as it evokes a feeling of wellbeing. Dr. Herbert Benson: By opening yourself by breaking the train of everyday thought you have the experience of a power of force and energy being caught if you will being within you. Your interruption of that depends upon you. Male Speaker: Dr. Benson's studies have shown that a sense of faith combined with a positive outlook resulting better outcomes for patients struggling with health issues. Female Speaker: Salaam, salaam, salaam. Male Speaker: A powerful prescription for optimal health.