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Richard Davidson, PhD

The Science of Resilience

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn the 4 components of well-being and human flourishing and how a mindfulness practice can nurture them in your life

  • Learn about the research that has been done around mindfulness and the brain, and explore specific skills you can develop to increase resilience, connection, and emotional regulation

  • Follow along in a practice to return to your motivation, engage in mindfulness and compassion, and dedicate the benefit for yourself and others

About Richard Davidson, PhD

Dr. Richard Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 400 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain published in 2012 and co-author with Daniel Goleman of Altered Traits published in 2017. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in 2018. To learn more about Dr. Davidson and his work, visit the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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About Mark Bertin, MD

Mark Bertin, MD is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive, Mindful Parenting for ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based pediatric care. He is a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the non-profits Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. He is a regular contributor to Mindful Magazine, and his blog is available through and Psychology Today. For more information, please visit his website.

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  1. aytac tuzmen erdogan May 27, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you

  2. Ven. Udaeriyagama Dhammajiva May 27, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Dear all,
    Wish to draw your kind attention to the preventive role of mindfulness rather than therapeutic and curative. especially in the sphere of health care. Preventon is better than cure. Now it is time for this consideration.
    U Dhammajiva.

  3. Jyoti Gupta May 26, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    I am so grateful ??.

  4. Rutty May 26, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Excellent talk! Thanks for pointing out that mindfulness or awareness alone is not enough. Insight or wisdom is another basic component.

  5. Jackeline Lugo May 26, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Excellent presentation! Gives me a new perspective to interviene with my college students when they experience adverse beliefs in their studies.

  6. Yury May 26, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Very informative and inspiring! The point raised by Mr. Davidson about empathy vs compassion made me very curious so Googled it I found Matthieu Ricard’s article on the subject, in case someone like me would like to know more about it Thank you!

    • Patricia Dellacha May 26, 2019 at 6:50 pm


  7. Marcia Harms May 25, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    This was a truly inspiring resource. Covered many avenues to heal in this profession. provided a wonderful guided mindfulness meditation at the end. He provided many tools for helping us collect ourself, those we love or those we need to increase greater cooperation between our fellow humans. Liked the clarification between compassion and empathy. Our profession needed this ongoing from the day we left graduate school, throughout each internship and ongoing business. It has been lost in the past years, affecting us all both physically and mentally. This caring was needed more often for the workers. Mindfulness and hynotherapy is wonderful work to do with clients to share within the office. It brings peace to that work if done with this kind of approach. Thank you.

  8. paula May 25, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for this session! I really enjoyed listening to Richard Davison about resilience research.
    It was so powerful the idea that as we have learnt to brush our teeth, we could learn to meditate the same amount of time daily…. and we could change the world. We could be a completely different society.
    As well, I appreciate the practice that Richard Davison guided at the end of the lecture. Thanks for your generosity of sharing your knowledges and wisdom

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