Lower risk of depression for those who adhere to the principles of Buddhism

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Lower risk of depression for those who adhere to the principles of Buddhism

The more faithful the observance of higher moral principles, the lower the incidence of stress and the likelihood of depression

The anxious and neurotic people face bigger risk of depressive symptomsbut not if they adhere faithfully to the basic ethical principles of Buddhism, new scientific research from Thailand shows.

It’s another study that shows more generally that religion can have positive effects on mental health.

Researchers from Chiang Mai University, Thailand’s second largest city and an important Buddhist center, who, led by Nahathai Wongpakaran, made the relevant publication in the journal “PLoS One”, studied a sample of 644 adults with an average age of 28, who were evaluated both for their mental health (stress, nervousness, depression), and for how much they adhered to the five basic ethical principles of Buddhism.

These are: h avoiding murder, theft, sexual perversion, lying and the use of alcohol or other substances.

The research found that the more faithful the adherence to higher moral principles, the lower the incidence of stress and the likelihood of depression. According to the researchers, “the practice of the five moral rules makes people feel safe and provides anxious people with a bulwark against depression.”

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