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Ellen Langer, Mother of Mindfulness: Can noticing new things reverse effects of ageing?

The Soul of Life

"Mindlessness is pervasive. Virtually all of us, almost all of the time, are not there. But when we’re not there, we’re not there to know we’re not there." Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University where she was the first woman to be tenured in the department. She has been described as the "mother of mindfulness" and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Her books, written for general and academic readers, include Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, On Becoming An Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity, and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most recent book The Handbook of Mindfulness is an anthology that brings together the latest multi-disciplinary research on mindfulness. She is the recipient of four Distinguished Scientist Awards and the Liberty Science Genius Award. In this episode of The Soul of Life I speak with Dr. Langer about how a comfort with uncertainty and curiosity--mindfulness--creates powerful changes in the brain. We discuss her famous "counterclockwise" studies and her claims that mindfulness leads to powerful improvements in health generally, and specific improvements in memory, vision, and hearing. Among Langer's six academic books and 200 research articles is her extensive work on the placebo effect. "So you take that sugar pill and you get better. The question is what’s making you better. And the answer is you’re making yourself better. A good deal of our research is devoted to getting rid of the sham. You don’t need someone to give it to you. You don’t have to make believe that it’s effective. You can actually control your own health."


5 Mar 2021

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Ellen Langer, PhD, Harvard University: Finding Mindfulness

Outside In with Charles Trevail

People often confuse the act of being mindful with the practice of meditation. But mindfulness isn’t a practice, says Ellen Langer, a Harvard University professor of psychology and author of the groundbreaking book, Mindfulness. “It’s an understanding of the inherent uncertainty in the world that leads you to pay attention.” But too often we operate in a state of mindlessness -- because we think we already know the right answers. We’re mostly oblivious to our mindlessness. But not knowing is a very good thing, indeed. Langer joins the podcast to talk about the energy begetting benefits of simply noticing new things -- or, being mindful. She discusses the power of being comfortable with uncertainty and how individuals and businesses can embrace mindfulness to see problems and create solutions from different perspectives. Listen to this episode to learn:• The “psychology of possibility” and why the limits we see in our life -- even our physical health -- aren’t fixed or as real as we believe they are• Mindlessness occurs because we fail to realize that everything that is was at one point a decision based on uncertainty• Why 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2. (Context matters!)• The benefits of replacing defensive pessimism (expecting or preparing for the worst but hoping for the best) with mindful optimism• The limits of “work/life balance,” and why “work/life integration” is a better pathway towards being happier and more productive • How increased mindfulness after living through a year of Covid-19 might impact our post-pandemic world


24 Feb 2021

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Dr. Ellen Langer: Mindfulness is Actively Noticing New Things

Your Outside Mindset

 Episode # 22Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Her numerous academic honors include four Distinguished Scientist Awards and The Liberty Science Genius Award. Her books written for academic and popular readers include: MindfulnessCounterclockwise: Mindful Health and The Power of Possibility On Becoming An Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful CreativityThe Power of Mindful Learning Dr. Langer your  work changed my life at at  time in my sixties, when I needed it most. I based  my book  and workbook, Take Back Your Outside Mindset on your mindfulness and  mindset studies.  What is your definition of Mindfulness? Mindfulness as we study it, is the simple process of actively noticing new things. That’s all it is. It is amazingly simple, but the consequences of this are enormous. So when you are noticing new things, that puts you in the present, makes you aware of context, and that active noticing is the essence of engagement. So we find that when people are actively noticing, they become more energized, and this active noticing is literally and  figuratively enlivening.Many people think  when  they hear the  word mindfulness, that  it  is meditation. Meditation, while fine, is not mindfulness. Meditation is a process that you go through to achieve post meditative mindfulness. Mindfulness as we  study it is much more  direct – not better or worse – just more direct.We have done research on this active noticing for over forty  years and we find that it is, as I said literally and figuratively enlivening, that when  you are actively noticing and being mindful, people find you more attractive, see you as charismatic, see you as trust worthy, the products that you produce bear this imprint of mindfulness ….so it’s good for your health and  your relationships. Forty years is a long time, so there are very few outcomes that we haven’t assessed. It is amazing because it is so simple.  Transcript: Treesmendus.com 


12 Feb 2021

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Ellen Langer: Mindfulness & Intelligence | USIA Podcast #8

USIA Podcast

Ellen Jane Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. She became the first woman ever to be tenured in psychology at Harvard. OUTLINE: 0:00​ - Introduction 0:50​ - What is mindfulness? 4:28​ - A revolution in consciousness 6:30​ - The impact of social media on mindfulness 9:05​ - The need to let go of absolute categories 11:40​ - How can we become more mindful? 14:26​ - Should we try to be mindful all the time? 17:34​ - Mindfulness as a tool to get what we want 18:50​ - Our relationship with aging 21:37​ - Work-life integration 24:33​ - Mindfulness during Covid-19 29:07​ - The myth of mind-body dualism 32:03​ - Further reading and resources CONNECT: Subscribe to this YouTube channel United Sigma Intelligence Association (USIA): https://usiassociation.org​​ Ian Bott's Twitter: https://twitter.com/IanBottUSIA Twitter: https://twitter.com/UsiaPodcast​​ USIA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USIAssociation


11 Feb 2021

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The Pausecast Ep. 33 Ellen Langer

The Pausecast

In This Episode Ellen Langer shares… - An experiential active noticing pause led by Dr. Langer - What active noticing is, and how it can help you manage stress or get out of overwhelm - Difference between defensive pessimism and mindful optimism is, and how it can help you cope with uncertainty - The 2 things about stress everyone should know - How being hopeful means one is already negative - Why we should all be focused on work life integration, and not work life balance - Why play and engaging needs to happen more - What we can learn from copulating rats, The Simpsons, and how the mind defaults to think About Dr. Ellen Langer - Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most most recent book is The Art of Noticing which pairs one-liners culled from her research with her original paintings. She has also edited the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation. Dr. Langer has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology. Most recently she received the Liberty Science Genius Award. LINKS: For more info on Dr. Langer or to have Ellen speak at your next event, contact her at https://www.ellenlanger.com/ About Rachael O'Meara Rachael O’Meara is a transformation leadership and mid-career coach who empowers overwhelmed, successful women to take back their lives and live a fulfilling, thriving life. She created The Pausecast to help listeners be more self-aware as they learn how to intentionally shift their behavior and live purposeful, empowered lives every day. For the past twelve years, Rachael's experience in sales and client services at Google has helped her have a pulse on what it takes to be a successful and thriving transformational leader. ​Her book Pause was named one of 2017's top business books for your career and was featured in the New York Times and on WSJ.com and the TEDx stage in 2019. Rachael completed her MA in Transformational Leadership & Coaching in July 2020. Are you seriously done with feeling overwhelmed? Talk to me 1:1 in a 30m "Thriving Breakthrough Session" and how I might be able to help: bit.ly/pausegift


29 Sep 2020

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Episode 10: Cultivating Mindfulness with Dr. Ellen Langer

But Really, How Are You?

“Mindfulness” is thrown around in our modern vocabulary, but what does it actually mean? Dr. Ellen Langer, the Mother of Mindfulness and Harvard professor, has researched this subject for over 40 years. In this episode we’ll learn what mindfulness is and how to practice it.Being present in the here and now is important for improving our mental well-being. It improves our relationships, increases contentment in life, and decreases our anxiety. Being present also has tremendous influences on our physical body and health. Did you know that mindfully working out can help you get fit faster? Dr. Ellen Langer shares about the many incredible benefits of mindfulness.Key takeawaysA little bit about her research and what her focus is onWhy she’s called the ‘Mother of Mindfulness’Why most people tend to predict and jump on the negative sideWhat mindful optimism is and why it’s idealHow to deal with disappointmentsHer definition of mindfulnessWhy most people are not mindfulWhat being mindful meansWhy most people don’t engage in mindfulnessWhy people daydreamHow to calm yourself down when feeling anxiousOn the decision-making class she’s teachingWhat she wants listeners to know about mindfulnessThe peerless benefits of mindfulnessBookMindfulness by Dr. Ellen Langer -  https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Ellen-J-Langer/dp/B004UM266UDr. Ellen Langer Bio:EL is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. She is the recipient of four Distinguished Scientist  awards and the Liberty Science Genius Award. Professor Langer has published over 200 scientific papers and 12 books including the best seller, Mindfulness. Having researched the topic for over forty years, it is not surprising that she is known as The Mother of Mindfulness.


16 Aug 2020

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19: The Joy of Being Mindful, with Harvard's Dr. Ellen Langer

The JOMOcast with Christina Crook

Dr. Ellen Langer, a social psychology professor at Harvard University, is widely considered the “mother of mindfulness”, researching the topic since the 70’s.  She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, the Liberty Science Center Genius Award, the Distinguished Contributions of Basic Science to Applied Psychology award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the James McKeen Cattel Award, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize. She’s the author of the book that arguably introduced the concept of mindfulness to the public consciousness, Mindfulness, now in its 25th-anniversary edition. In this episode Dr. Langer shares what mindfulness really is, how we can get there, and how it can help us get through this and every moment with more joy.Key Takeaways What mindfulness really is (hint: it’s not a practice or an activity, it’s a state) How mindfulness and its attendant benefits to well-being all connect to the ability to exist in the present How stress, mood, and life satisfaction are entirely the result of our personal interpretation of experience How to enter a state of mindfulness, and condition ourselves to live that way (and why it’s one of the healthiest things we can do) Favorite Quotes“All we have is moments. All of our stress is based on the future.”“Hoping for something has built into it the expectation that it is unlikely.”“If we just make the moment better, everything will fall into place for us.”“Information changes depending on context”“Events don’t cause stress. What causes stress are the views we take of events.”“When you’re mindful, you’re averting the danger not yet arisen… you’re there so you can take advantage of opportunities to which you’d otherwise be blind.”“Mindfulness is not a practice. Mindfulness is actively noticing new things.”“Most of the things we worry about are not worth the time.”SupportThis podcast is made possible by you — our listeners all over the world — from Brazil to Australia, the USA to Singapore. Please support the JOMO(cast) for just $3 a month. Sign up at patreon.com/jomocast.Go DeeperSign Up for 7 Days of JOMO Quests, a free series of science-backed challenges to reclaim joy: experiencejomo.com/free-resources.Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter.ResourcesHomepage: www.ellenlanger.comBook:  Mindfulness -- 25th Anniversary EditionEllen speaks on the On Being podcast about mindlessness and mindfulness:  link The Langer Mindfulness InstituteFollow Ellen on Facebook and LinkedIn.


27 May 2020

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#66 Prof. Ellen Langer - "o KONIU, który jadł HOT-DOGi"

Stomatologia Implanty Nauka Biznes

Kontynuacja rozmowy z Profesor Ellen Langer, tym razem 'o KONIU, który JADŁ HOT-DOGi' to własne doświadczenie Prof Langer, które potwierdziło, że nigdy nie można być pewnym niczego do końca ! bo WSZYSTKO SIĘ ZMIENIA! przez to unikniemy WYPALENIA, będziemy bardziej KREATYWNI i ciekawi dla innych. MINDFULNES w MEDYCYNIE, a także o "GLADO" - recepta od Ellen Langer na wolne od stresu‚ HAPPY LIFE’. Wywiad poprzedzony omówieniem w języku polskim przez Witolda Tomkiewicza.Zapraszamy na facebook PODCASTU: http://bit.ly/PodcastSINB Wymieniaj doświadczenia, dołącz do grupy podcastu na facebooku: http://bit.ly/GrupaSINB


5 May 2020

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#64 Prof. Ellen Langer - Mindfulness & Business, gdy 1+1≠2

Stomatologia Implanty Nauka Biznes

ELLEN LANGER, Prof. Psychologi z Harvardu o PANDEMII COVID i jak być MINDFUL, jak nie bać się, jak unikać stresu i wykorzystać pozytywne okoliczności w obecnej sytuacji... w oparciu o 40 lat doświadczenia naukowo-badawczego. 'Wiele osób w obliczu zagrożenia życia - zaczyna dopiero je doceniać'. MINDFULNESS to akceptacja ZMIAN, zmienności i NIEPEWNOŚCI, która czyni życie ciekawszym!Odcinek z omówieniem i wstępem w języku polskim Witolda Tomkiewicza, od 22 min 30 sek oryginalny wywiad w języku angielskim z prof. Ellen Langer.Zapraszamy na facebook PODCASTU: http://bit.ly/PodcastSINB Wymieniaj doświadczenia, dołącz do grupy podcastu na facebooku: http://bit.ly/GrupaSINB


21 Apr 2020

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Optimize Interview: The Psychology of Possibility with Ellen Langer

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Ellen Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard and one of the world's leading experts on the science of wellbeing, and what she refers to as the "psychology of possibility." Dr. Langer was first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, and is the the author of eleven books--including Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, and her Counterclockwise--and more than two hundred research articles. She has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and through her work, Dr. Langer challenges us to overcome our mindless patterns, let go of false limits, focus on the process and notice all the wonders present in our lives.


6 Feb 2020