Develop a Healthy Mind: How Focus Impacts Brain Function
In Develop a Healthy Mind, Daniel Goleman, author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence and Richard Davidson, neuroscientist and founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds highlight what the latest scientific research tells us about our brain functions and common psychological conditions, habits, and what it means to have a healthy mind. They also answer the following questions:
- How can attention training enhance emotional intelligence abilities?
- What are the different types of attention – and how can we recognize them?
- Why is it crucial to teach our children how to focus?
- How can we develop an attention training practice that suits our needs and style?
Included are guided exercises to help you practice attention-training skills at work, at home, and in the classroom.
Sensory Focus – guided exercise by Daniel Goleman (for adults at home or work)
Body Scan – guided exercise by Daniel Goleman (for teens at home or school)
Breath Exercise – guided exercise by Daniel Goleman (for kids at home or school)
Listening Exercise – guided exercise by Daniel Goleman (for teens at home or school)
Breath Count – guided exercise by Daniel Goleman (for adults at home or work)
Enhancing Listening and Communication – guided exercise by Mirabai Bush (for adults at work)
Managing Negative Emotions – guided exercise by Mirabai Bush (for adults at work)
“Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows,” said Daniel Goleman. “In an era of unstoppable distractions, we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive in, a complex world.”
About the Authors:
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers. The Consortium “fosters research partnerships between academic scholars and practitioners on the role emotional intelligence plays in excellence.” He has organized a series of intensive conversations between scientists and his longtime friend, the Dalai Lama, and most recently published A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.
Dr. Richard Davidson is a decorated neuroscientist and a leading expert on the impact of contemplative practices on the brain. He is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also founded the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds.
After the knowledge of his friendship with the Dalai Lama and that he’s frequently sought after all around the world for his expertise in contemplative neuroscience and his oratory skills, it comes as no surprise that Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006 or that his book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, put him on the New York Times best-sellers list.