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Lower stress, boost happiness in just 3 minutes

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Three minute meditations for free calm anxiety and stress, boost happiness

Here is a three minute fix to quell stress and anxiety that does not require a visit to the therapist, no pills and is free.


According to the National Institutes of Mental Health just ten percent of people with stress and anxiety receive effective help. Thiry percent of adults over age 18 in America suffer from feelings of anxiousness and 'unwellness'.

Another thirty percent don't even know they have issues with anxiety.

If you are included in these statistics, or want to find out, you'll be glad to know there is a way to tap into therapists online or by downloading this app to your phone.

The beauty is you don't have to go anywhere to start feeling better.

Anxiety relief at your fingertips

Aura Health has partnered with Dartmouth, UCLA Health and McGill in developing a phone app designed to promote mental health wellness.

The app combines mindfulness meditation with machine learning, which is proven to change the brain.

It is also personalized so you don't have to struggle finding what sort of meditation works best for you.

The three-minute sessions are designed for busy people, making it ideal for any occassion and for a wide variety of users.

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Does mindful meditation work?

You bet it does! Well designed studies show mindful meditation can also help ease pain - an important note for those struggling with stress related to physical limitations or chronic pain.

A 2014 JAMA Internal Medicine publication backs the value of mindfulness for psychological well-being in review of 47 well designed studies.

Tech Crunch reports Aura Health co-founder and CEO Steve Lee told them the goals is to "build intelligence" that seeks ways to make people happier.

Because meditation can be difficuilt to embrace Aura health is trying to make it easy for people to get the benefits; in the shortest amount of time.

Controlling happiness

UC Riverside Professor of Psychology UC Riverside Professor of Psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has researched the "How of Happiness" and published two books - "The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want" and "The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does".

Lyubomirsky has discovered it isn't genes or situations that cause stress, anxiety and unhappiness. It's what we do and how we act that leads to optimal mental and physical well-being.

Researchers have even been trying to pinpoint where in the brain happiness actually lives so they can pinpoint why some people are happier than others.

How does it work?

All you need to do is download the Aura Health app in iTunes or IOS or Android. One to two minute meditations are free. You can choose the type of meditation that suits your mood. What do you think of an app that promotes happiness, relieves stress, calms anxiety, is free and right at your fingertips? We love it!



Nearly every one of us could benefit from more time spent trying to be still and quiet and meditative. It's very rare for most busy Americans to justify a time spent in quiet stillness when there are always errands and chores and obligations. Meditative practices could stand a bump up on our respective priorities lists.