Social psychologist Dacher Keltner explains why he believes breathing is the most important things people can do for wellbeing.

“I believe [breathing] is just as important as the crunches people do in the morning – (the physical training) and the dietary training that we do now. I think breathing is as important as any of those. I treat it as a physical exercise.”

Dacher will find several points throughout the day to practice his breathing.

“I’ll do deep breaths where I breathe in for six, breathe out for six, feel the breath through my nasal passage, feel the expansion of the abdomen. I’ll do that for 21 counts (21 breaths) and I’ll try to do that several times in the day.”

Dacher also has abbreviated versions of his breathing practice, where at any moment of the day he’ll just start to concentrate on the breath.

“I was in LAX in a long security line, felt like I was going to miss the plane. I get a little panicky in airports, but I just start breathing. Suddenly, by the time I walk by the TSA person I was feeling good.”

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Dacher Keltner is a social psychologist who focuses on the prosocial emotions, such as love, sympathy and gratitude, and processes such as teasing and flirtation that enhance bonds. He is Co-Director of The Greater Good Science Center and the author of Born to Be Good.