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01/19/2015 10:19 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT

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VANCOUVER - Paying extra attention appears to have paid off for a group of Grade 4 and 5 students in Coquitlam, B.C., who participated in a mindfulness program.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that the elementary students were better at regulating stress, more optimistic and helpful, better liked by their peers and even performed better at math.

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