The Science of a Happy Mind, Part 1

Renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson is finding that happiness is something we can cultivate and a skill that can be learned. Working with the Dalai Lama, Davidson is investigating the far-reaching impact of mindfulness, meditation, and the cultivation of kindness on human health and well-being. In part one, Davidson talks about his research findings and the four main areas of scientific research that support his work: neuroplasticity, epigenetics, mind/body communication, and innate basic goodness.

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