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  • Entering 'flow state' while gaming boosts well-being
  • Entering 'flow state' while gaming boosts well-being
    Bartek Mazurek (2019) ©

Entering 'flow state' while gaming boosts well-being

Researchers have found that immersive activities like video games can help people enter states of flow, positively affecting mental health. And while coping with the pandemic has made many turn to mindfulness, unlikely activities like gaming are found to be as effective, if not more.



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