One of the healthiest lifestyle choices anyone can make is not to smoke.
If you do smoke, quitting would be very important for optimizing your health; and we all know that quitting the use of tobacco products can be challenging.
That's a nice way of saying it can be really, really hard.
But it can be done, and more people are quitting tobacco than ever before.
There are plenty of aids to help you quit if you or a loved one smokes - there are support groups, specialized gums, behavior modification techniques, hypnosis, prescription medications and more.
And now a new tool - meditation.
A recent study showed that even a short trial (2 weeks) of meditation training resulted in a significant reduction in smoking (60% decrease). The findings were published in the journal named PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), and the researchers suggest that meditation helps strengthen self-control.
If you smoke, no one can force you to quit. All that can happen is that you come to realize that people love and care for you, and want you to be healthy. And when the time is right, hopefully sooner rather than later, you see that saying goodbye to tobacco is right for you in so many ways.
And then you move forward and begin the process of quitting.
If you falter on the path, forgive yourself and get back on it.
And one day soon you can be free of tobacco.
And be healthier.
And save some $.
And make those around you happy for your good health.
Meditation may help you get there. Ask your doctor for a referral to a good instructor.
Not a bad New Year's resolution.
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