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Mindfulness: It’s Not What You Think with Harvard Researcher Dr. Ellen Langer

Jun 19, 2024

In today’s episode, we welcome Dr. Ellen Langer, a pioneering researcher and the first woman to become a tenured professor of psychology at Harvard University. Often referred to as the “mother of mindfulness,” Dr. Langer has spent over four decades revolutionizing our understanding of the mind-body connection.

The bestselling author of books like “Mindfulness,” “The Power of Mindful Learning,” and “Counterclockwise,” Dr. Langer presents ideas from her latest work, “The Mindful Body,” revealing how our mindset can significantly impact our physical health and offering practical advice for leading a more conscious and intentional life.

Join us as Dr. Langer discusses her groundbreaking research, the extraordinary potential of mindfulness, and how embracing this approach can be a catalyst for profound personal transformation. This conversation is packed with insights that could change the way you think about health and well-being!

Listen to Episode 287 with Dr. Ellen Langer

What we discuss in this episode:

  • The astonishing findings of the Counterclockwise experiment and their implications.
  • How satiation and fatigue are primarily psychological constructs.
  • What mindfulness is and how to practice it.
  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation. 
  • Overcoming limitations.
  • The impact of changing perceptions of aging on our biological age.
  • Stress and mindfulness. 
  • How practicing mindfulness can alter others’ perceptions of you in a positive way.


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