Turns out the bliss factor of spiritual retreats goes way beyond what’s revealed in those lust-worthy shots of exotic locales on Instagram. According to a recent study, these mindful getaways are actually morphing the chemical systems in your brain—in a good way.
Science Daily reports that the brain scans of participants in a weeklong retreat that focused on silent contemplation, prayer, reflection, and spiritual counseling showed a decrease in dopamine and serotonin transporter bindings. That’s a good thing—in layman’s terms, that means they truly felt more positive emotions and empowerment.
Mindful getaways are actually morphing the chemical systems in your brain—in a good way.
“Since serotonin and dopamine are part of the reward and emotional systems of the brain, it helps us understand why these practices result in powerful, positive emotional experiences,” says Andrew Newberg, M.D., the director of the study. “Our [findings] showed significant changes in dopamine and serotonin transporters after the seven-day retreat.”