If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of clinging to accepted notions about what’s not, can lead to better health at any age.
All it takes to become an artist is to start doing art.
Backed by her landmark scientific work on mindfulness and artistic nature, bestselling author and Harvard psychologist Ellen J. Langer shows us that creativity is not a rare gift that only some special few are born with, but rather an integral part of everyone’s makeup. All of us can express our creative impulses– authentically and uniquely–and, in the process, enrich our lives.
The Art of Noticing is the culmination of research on mindlessness and mindfulness conducted by Dr. Langer over the past 35 years. Each of the one-liners in this book has been derived from this research and paired together with original artwork created over the past 17 years. When we become more mindful, we become happier, healthier, and more effective. It is literally and figuratively enlivening.
The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness brings together the latest multi-disciplinary research on mindfulness from a group of international scholars. The essays here examine the two dominant approaches to Western mindfulness—social psychological and Eastern-derived—in order to compare, contrast, and integrate insights from the two perspectives.