Can deep breathing reduce anxiety
and make me happier?
Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT
Deep, slow breathing can make us calmer and more happy, but many of us are just doing it wrong. We can test ourselves to see if we are breathing right. Take a deep breath.
Wait, did you just open your mouth and take in as much air as quickly as possible? This is very similar to what causes hyperventilation. Deep breathing this way may actually make us MORE anxious.
Emma Seppala confronts the 'common sense' that we have to work hard, have stress and suffer in order to be successful in this TEDx talk: