Well-Being is really a Skill (Not really a Condition of Mind)


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Well-Being is a Skill (Not a State of Mind) by Kelly DiNardo. March 20, 2017. 7 Comments. A few months ago, I sat five rows from a small stage where the Dalai Lama was talking about meditation.

I was charmed by his infectious, child-like laugh and awestruck by his presence, but it was something Richard Davidson, the event’s host and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, said. Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and ability to manage stress. We’re offering four key constituents of well-being grounded in neuroscientific research that are not typically included in most scales and measures.

Evidence suggests mental training and learning skills in these areas can make a difference in improving well-being and even rewire areas of the brain. Basically: You can get better at well-being. It’s a skill you can train for.

At the recent Well-Being at Work conference, Davidson hosted a brief session—“Richie unplugged”—where he talked about four components of well-being that are supported by neuroscience. Rather than pitching a fixed scientific definition of well-being, we’re constantly unearthing clues and evidence about how well-being manifests itself in the mind and body. It’s not a static “thing” – but a set of skills that can be learned and cultivated over time, just like. Q: You are speaking about ‘Well-being Is a Skill’. Even the title gives me a sense of responsibility for what goes on in my mind.

When I was reviewing your book and your lectures, it came to me that I should be aware of letting go of what is on my mind when it’s time. Otherwise whatever we are holding is affecting the brain, the mind. Being completely healthy well-being, one must have a good state of mind and socially healthy.Visiting places like Hawaii is great for unwinding and recreation activities.Some other great places that are worth visiting for are Boracay and El Nido Philippines. Guidance establishes a foundation children continue to build on, learning how to get along and solve problems as they grow—a foundation for building a healthy state of mind.

6. Use guidance talks. Different from the age-old lecture, a guidance talk is talking with (not at) a child about a conflict. In a guidance talk, the adult acts as a firm.

Mindfulness is a mind-body medicine practice, based on ancient Zen Buddhist meditation techniques, that was popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a researcher. Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.

List of related literature:

Talent from this perspective is seen as hidden, not scarce, and flexible in the sense that it can emerge as abilities are recognized and liberated and can grow in absolute terms as people’s potential is also recognized and developed.

“Introduction to Human Resource Management” by Paul Banfield, Rebecca Kay, Dean Royles
from Introduction to Human Resource Management
by Paul Banfield, Rebecca Kay, Dean Royles
Oxford University Press, 2018

But one cannot acquire language by oneself: this skill comes in a unique category.

“Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf” by Oliver Sacks, Oliver W. Sacks
from Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf
by Oliver Sacks, Oliver W. Sacks
University of California Press, 1989

What is said there is not skill in means in the sense that its truth is only relative to context, and not actually true.

“Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition” by Paul Williams, Alexander Wynne, Anthony Tribe
from Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition
by Paul Williams, Alexander Wynne, Anthony Tribe
Routledge, 2000

Skill was presented as a regimented phenomenon because it is mediated externally and is therefore potentially detrimental to subjective consciousness and innovation.”

“The Culture of Craft” by Peter Dormer
from The Culture of Craft
by Peter Dormer
Manchester University Press, 1997

Skill involves not just having knowledge but actually applying it at the appropriate juncture.

“The Handbook of Communication Skills” by Owen Hargie
from The Handbook of Communication Skills
by Owen Hargie
Taylor & Francis, 2006

Despite its importance in some creative activities (such as painting or playing music), technical skill is not sufficient as a universal definition of creativity.

“Encyclopedia of Creativity” by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker
from Encyclopedia of Creativity
by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker
Elsevier Science, 2011

Quite to the contrary, such skills become a mode of expression through which others can reach and interact with the savant, and consequently those skills lead to the development of other related skills and human communication.

“Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant” by Peter Leed, Rosa Martinez, Daniel Tammet, Susan Rancer, Shirlee Monty, Darold A. Treffert
from Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant
by Peter Leed, Rosa Martinez, et. al.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010

In this regard skill has intrinsic, personal worth.

“Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand” by Malcolm McCullough
from Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand
by Malcolm McCullough
MIT Press, 1998

And skill obtained apart from thinking is not connected with any sense of the purposes for which it is to be used.

“Democracy and Education: Top American Authors” by John Dewey
from Democracy and Education: Top American Authors
by John Dewey
Canadian Council of Education for Citizenship, 2015

Obviously extremely important in some creative activities (such as painting or playing music), technical skill is not sufficient as a universal definition of creativity.

“Encyclopedia of Creativity” by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker
from Encyclopedia of Creativity
by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker
Elsevier Science, 1999

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  • It’s interesting to see the neurosis of the western mind scrapping and looking for evidence of what eastern traditions and indigenous culture have known and practiced for thousands of years. It’s only the western mind that needs ’empirical evidence’…

  • A New Recipe for Happiness from Affective Neuroscience (or how well being is NOT a skill, it is a technique)
    In affective neuroscience, it is well known that behaviors that involve continuous high and positive act/outcome discrepancy (gaming, gambling, creative work) correspond to elevated dopaminergic activity and a feeling of arousal, but not pleasure. However, for many individuals engaging in similar activity, a feeling of pleasure is also reported, but only when their covert musculature is inactive (i.e., a state or rest). Because relaxation activates opioid systems, and tension inhibits them, it is postulated that dopaminergic activity further stimulates opioid activity, but only during resting states.
    This hypothesis can be easily tested and is described in greater detail below. If correct, it will demonstrate for the first time that elevated and sustained arousal and pleasure, or ‘eudaemonia’ or ‘happiness’ can be induced easily through simple modifications of abstract perceptual properties of behavior that anyone can easily do throughout the day.

    Opioid and dopamine systems represent bundles of neurons or ‘nuclei’ in the mid brain that are respectively responsible for the affective states of pleasure and attentive arousal, and sub-serve the neural processes that govern motivation.
    Eating and drinking, having sex, and relaxing or resting all activate opioid systems, whereas the anticipation or experience of positive act-outcome discrepancy (or positive surprises or meaning) activate dopamine systems.
    Taking our pleasures increases our attentive arousal, and increasing our attentive arousal accentuates our pleasure. If these systems are concurrently activated both are accentuated or affectively ‘bootstrapped’, as both pleasure and attentive arousal will be higher due to their synergistic effects.
    As characterized by the well documented ‘flow response’ (pp.82-86), consistently applied contingencies that elicit pleasurable resting states and consistent attentive arousal result in self-reports of heightened pleasure and energy. This emotional experience can be easily replicated by simultaneously applied contingencies that elicit rest (mindfulness protocols) and meaning (imminent productive behavior and its uniform positive implications). To achieve complete rest and accentuate positive affect, these contingencies must be applied for periods of at least a half hour or more. Just as one sets meditative sessions to last for a set time period and frequency to be effective, so mindfulness and meaning sessions must be similarly arranged, with cumulative sessions if possible charted to provide proper feedback of efficacy. Finally, the intensity of positive affect will scale to the importance or salience of moment to moment meaningful behavior, with the more meaningful the task the higher the pleasurable affect.
    Affect is as much an aspect of how information is arranged as what information is, or the abstract rather than normative properties of behavior. It follows that as a positively affective state, happiness is not just a product of what we think, but how we think, and derives not only from our pleasures but also from our incentives. Positive incentives can accentuate those very pleasures that we wish to maximize, and conversely, associated pleasure will increase the ‘appetitive value’ or ‘liking’ of incentives (or in other words, increase the value of productive work), and all sustained by simple choices within our grasp, as is ultimately happiness itself.
    I offer a more detailed explanation in pp. 47-52, and pp 82-86 of my open source book on the neuroscience of resting states, ‘The Book of Rest’, linked below.
    This above book is based on the research of the distinguished neuroscientist Kent Berridge of the University of Michigan, a preeminent researcher and authority on dopamine, addiction, and motivation, who was kind to vet the work for accuracy and endorse the finished manuscript.
    Berridge’s Site
    Meditation and Rest
    from the International Journal of Stress Management, by this author

  • Fantastic summary of how science is “proving” things that the wisdom traditions have posited for centuries. Thanks Professor Davidson!

  • Here I find a scientist who dares to look beyond ‘ Scientism’ and trying to integrate deeper human experience with evidence based research like to listen more.

  • A UN happiness conference? No wonder there’s so much sadness. Happiness isn’t something one can achieve by pursuing it. It is a byproduct of pursing other things.

  • This video has made me appreciate the what the Smith Family Foundation is trying to acheive they should contact you for advertising. If I was presented with this information (hard numbers) I would of been inclined to learn more and potentially donate or sign up for volunteer work a long time ago. We’ve gona a long way from days of school supplied text books, stationery and milk for the kids which my mother used to go on about when complaining about the cost of school stationery and uniforms many moons ago now.
    You are very talented in the art of stats and communication.

  • What!! I know the uniforms are revenue making for the school. I brought second hand. My son is still wearing his since prep and he’s now in grade 3. The rest I buy from Kmart or best n less. Then pay for one time fee every year for school supplies and that’s it.

  • What kind of infant, of what kind specie, would prefer an agressive enconteur vs a altruistic enconteur???!!! Only one of a specie extinct a long, long, time ago!!!  Nonseless argumentation! That is not science.

  • Beautiful talk. Simple concepts for profound results. It is not trivial how our education, environment & experiences can reshape our “factory” settings! Thanks Richard for reminding us.

  • Dalai Lama? No way. Dr. Davidson you must study the Queen’s Guard in Buckingham palace or those of the Kremlin in moscow. They have the record of mindfulness hours for sure.

  • Just finished reading his book, ‘The Emotional Life of your Brain’, and I have to say 85% of it was him talking about his career/himself. This video re-confirms my observation. Don’t get me wrong there are a few gems in his work, I just had to dig past all the ego/autobiography.

  • How Davidson gets it WRONG!
    A major flaw in meditation research characterized by Davidson’s work is that it does not address the affective component of meditative states, which clearly implicate relaxation and states of alert arousal and the perceptual events which elicit them. In other words, meditation IS rest, and nothing more. Meditation research generally relies upon comparative self-reports of meditators and non-meditators, or fmri (functional magnetic resonance imaging) or brain scans that measure cerebral blood flow. However, neither can isolate the neuro-muscular and neuro-chemical activity that correlate with subjective affective states, or how neuro-muscular activity is a function of cortical activity as mapped to experience or learning. Because these research methods and tools cannot determine the etiology or source of the positive affect associated with meditation, it is no surprise that meditation remains without an adequate explanation.

    More detailed arguments linked below:

    The Psychology of Rest

    Holmes Article on Rest

    Meditation and Rest
    from the International Journal of Stress Management, by this author

    and at doctormezmer.com

  • Davidson, Richard J.: (1822-1895) Neuroscientist and leader in the movement to integrate dumb new age metaphors with neuroscience, or
    the burgeoning field of ‘neurobabble’, where muscular relaxation is mindfulness meditation, and an elevated dopamine level is a gateway
    to the Ninth Level of Consciousness. Thus proving that rest or arousal by any other name not only sounds a lot better, but is a lot more

    from Dr. Mezmer’s Dictionary of Bad psychology, at site doctormezmer

  • That’s fine if you haven’t been exposed to malevolence of the human race for most of your life then you may be capable of BS yourself of the innate good of people

  • Thank you. There will be lot more research to come about how & what causes formulation of a mind & body(a human existence) in this universe.

  • This is gay and wrong.

    You know you are being dishonest in your answer to the question posed.
    Are all ‘humans’ equal? Are all humans capable of high civilization? Do you think “language” is really enough?

    Stop being dishonest with your audience and using these ridiculous justifications for things a 5yo child could see the pattern for and answer.

  • If you have a problem with the fees being charged at your children’s school then get onto your school council and push to make changes. As a school counselor you should have access to all the financial information on what the school is spending on.

  • I am so glad that Richard Davidson is finally getting recognition for the amazing work that he has been doing in the area of emotions, compassion, neuroscience and mindful meditation (ignore the order).

  • hi United States,

    I have A YouTube Colabiration that will be A movie. You can bid on it and put other movies with it. it is interesting. Thanks,
    Andrew K.

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  • THANK GODDESS THE WEST IS FINALLY TRYING TO JOIN THE REST OF THE HUMAN FAMILY!! it is quite interesting to see that this so called” ADVANCED” culture is going “back” in time to rediscover it’s HUMAN-NESS!! BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!

  • Good morning bro (northsider here)

    It’s also why easy to reference archival storage is a big deal, and the security involved.

    I only buy generic clothes for my son at his inner Brisbane school, I refuse to be extorted. If you feel bad about the missing school logo, maybe get it embroidered for cheap somehow…

  • Wow! Imagine that… prayerful praying works. Next thing you know these guys will tell us God(Holy Spirit) resides in all of us… all we need to do is listen. Wow! Imagine that…

  • The more funds are injected directly from families, the less the government funds the school. Its a smooth transition away from socialised schooling. That’s when the gouging rip-off prices kick off. Education and health care should not be exposed to open capitalism.

  • Anytime I hear someone talking about emotional “impacts” I know I am listening to someone who is not really thinking as deeply as he should.

  • Richard tells us four components of well being, resilience, basking in the fundamental sweetness of existence, generosity, and being here now. Yes indeed. ☺️

  • The issue of mental wellbeing though very much prevalent among the Nagas is least discussed or well known issue. This pioneering work about mental wellbeing will bring more light to the growing issue. Amazing work by Achabu Kire and her team.