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Richard Davidson, PhD

The Science of Well-being

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn the four pillars of well-being and follow along in a guided practice to cultivate them in daily life

  • Learn about the transformations in the brain and body that are associated with cultivating resilience practices over time

  • Connect with your natural altruistic motivation and learn the science behind why tapping into your deeper purpose makes you more resilient

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.

You can download the free Healthy Minds App here.

About Hani Chaabo, MD

Dr. Chaabo is a family medicine physician and mindfulness teacher specializing in integrative medicine. He helps people lead a life full of their fullest potential. His experience ranges from working with refugees living in camps in Lebanon, to implementing healthcare institutional wellbeing initiatives in the United States. He is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which is the most extensively studied mindfulness intervention in healthcare. He developed a mindfulness based lifestyle change program delivered in individual, online and group settings, and currently runs a stress reduction clinic in an underserved area of California. You can learn more about his work at the Stress Reduction Clinic and on his website.

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  1. Zinna Johns October 4, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks so much Dr. Richardson!! I have heard you talk several times and I always enjoy the simplicity of the 4 pillars. You mentioned cultivating the 4 pillars leads to resilience and an ability to bounce back. I suffer from severe asthma that seems resistant to standard therapy. The difficulty breathing makes resilience a huge challenge. I have been working on these pillars for over a year now and has lead to some changes as I move towards a down stream type of lifestyle. How do see someone like me maintaining resilience when it seems like there is no bounce to the back?

  2. Amber High October 4, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    I appreciate the comparison to teeth brushing practices! This will be so easy to talk about and relate to when encouraging others to practice mindfulness…
    Thank you!

  3. Lois October 4, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    4 Pillars =Well Being; Thank you!

  4. Fiona McKeown October 4, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for sharing your work…I liked the science

  5. Karen pierce October 4, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Simple truth with hope to attain them.
    With gratitude

  6. Johanna October 4, 2020 at 2:32 am

    Thank you for a really inspiring talk, and all important work that you do!

  7. Albert October 3, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    resilience cultivate with practice and everyone can learn.

  8. Sushweta Chakraborty October 3, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Dr Richard Davidson’s presentation was simple and reachable to all. It was an amazing experience listening to the 4 pillars. Dr Davidson is one of the greatest stalwarts in this field and loved, respected and admired all over the world. Thank you for the most illuminating, inspiring and motivating talk. Dr Hani Chaabo was excellent with his questions…integrative medicine is such a necessary discipline and the methods used bring holistic and long term cure.

  9. CELSO HEBER ALANIS MORENO October 3, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Excelente , el ser humano siempre tiene la optica de una manera totalmente egoísta en la mayoría de los casos ,. Ser Empático y preocuparse por los demás es esencial en nuestras vidas…Excelente !!!

  10. EM BIRI October 3, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Amazing. The practice was s diamond.

  11. Kanchi October 3, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Another illuminating presentation. It is empowering to hear that wellbeing is a teachable and learnable skill. The 4 pillars provides more language and a framework for that education. I am inspired to try the healthy mind app. Thank you for not only doing the research but sharing it with us in such a relatable way.

  12. kath dentith October 3, 2020 at 8:48 am

    I’m listening from Manchester, UK. A brilliant, brilliant presentation. Thank you so much Dr’s Davidson and Chaabo. May all beings be well and free from sufferingx

  13. Pramila October 3, 2020 at 8:12 am

    it is such an experiential experience of awareness. It is such a safety network, It is there all the time but we are totally isolated.
    The whole presentation of spiritual, scientific, and actual experimental example is very insightful and very well helpful for better understanding of brain and intellect that struggles with day to day things.
    how ever the meditation experience brought me grounded

  14. Stuart Jones October 3, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Beautiful talk.
    Mental floss! Dental floss!

  15. JERRY JURISPRUDENCIA October 3, 2020 at 6:34 am

    This is a great privilege to be a part of this summit listening to the different speakers sharing their wisdom most especially to Dr. Davidson whose 4 pillars of well-being were an eye opener for me. Congrats to the organizers of this summit.

  16. Jacqui Brooks October 3, 2020 at 6:14 am

    A wonderfully interesting and engaging talk with a new ‘strategy’ of the four pillars that I can use in my work with others as well as my own practices. Some clients and students want to know there is science behind mindfulness practices and wellness. This talk and the book ‘Altered Traits’ that I’ve now just ordered will provide that.
    I always enjoy meditation so thank you for that too.

  17. Bruce Grayson October 2, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    A wealth of knowledge in this talk. Thank you for reminding us of the need for connection and purpose that increases our resilience.

  18. Raka October 2, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Great. Great. Thank you so much Professor Davidson. May all beings be well, may all beings be happy, may all beings be free from suffering.

  19. Elzbieta October 2, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you very much. The important practice with beliefs, expectations and values when not only we benefiting but others too. And it is so obvious; we are changing and others too.

  20. Jean Ellis-Sankari October 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you so much! I appreciate the beautiful sharing through this conversation.

    I had to quarantine during this time of pandemic due to travel throughout high risk states. I found my 14 days of solitude to be a rich experience in mindfulness and a luxurious retreat!

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