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Mindful : June 2016
CRAZE OR CRAZY Talk about pausing to smell the roses! Archi- tect Rafael Vinoly has designed a circular bridge on the southern coast of Uruguay, his home country, to encourage drivers to slow down and soak in the beauty surrounding them. The ring-shaped concrete structure Drive Slow and Enjoy the View Hard Times, Caring Hearts Coping with Poverty Sometimes you just can’t decide if something’s groundbreaking or totally bon- kers. Our jury’s out. What’s your verdict? VIBRATING YOGA PANTS The hottest new yoga instructor is in your pants. Nadi fitness pants vibrate when your alignment needs correcting, and make a rewarding sound when you nail a pose. THE “FEEL” It’s like a high-tech mood ring for your wrist: The “Feel” bracelet collects data like pulse rate and skin tempera- ture to determine your moods, and suggests breath- ing and meditation practices to curb stress. “ONCE” APP Want an app to tell you how you feel about a potential mate? “Once” introduces you to one date per day. Ifyouhookuptoa wearable device, the app tracks your hear t rate, and if your hear t ticks up when you see a profile, it suggests similar matches. To combat the stigma that has led to mass euthanizing, abuse, and abandonment of pit bull-type dogs, Sophie Gamand made a photo series to challenge the way we look at these pets. See more on her Instagram: @sophiegamand rises above the water on cylindrical piles and spans the Laguna Gazon, near a couple of popular resorts. Up to 1,000 vehicles are expected to use the bridge each day, and walkways offer pedestrians a chance to share in the panoramic experience. Traumatic events such as a bad accident, violence, or the death of a loved one can trigger psy- chological turmoil, but experiences of suffering may also ultimately lead to a positive: more compassion. In two experiments, North- eastern University “Cultivating certain mindfulness skills can support resilience in the face of difficult events, including infidelity.” Johns et al., (2015)—Mindfulness Poverty often exacts a debili- tating price in stress, anxiety, and depres- sion. To see if mind- fulness training might help, Katleen Van der Gucht and colleag ues at the University of Leuven in Belgium offered a two-month intervention to 42 low-income adults in Brussels and Antwerp. They met weekly at a local social welfare center for 90-minute sessions that included guided mindfulness exercises, reflec- tions shared in small groups, and educa- tion on coping with stress and mood issues. Participants improved in mind- fulness skills and, after the course ended, reported fewer symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. They also experienced a decrease in negative thinking patterns that may foster depression, such as a tendency to react to bad experiences or failures with an overgeneralized sense of worthless- ness. Offering mind- fulness training at welfare centers for low-income people is doable, says the research team, which also recom- mends a larger study to confirm the promising findings. psychologists found heightened empathy in individuals who faced severe adversi- ties in the past. The empathetic tenden- cies were associ- ated with having a compassionate disposition, which fed altruistic actions like donating to a charity or helping a sick stranger. June 2016 mindful 13 PHOTOGRAPHS©RAFAELVIÑOLYARCHITECTS,©SOPHIEGAMAND