Seniors who are encouraged to be mindful actually live longer….
Wellbeing Lecture Series in November Features “Mother of Mindfulness” Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D
Known as the “Mother of Mindfulness,” Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D, renowned mindfulness expert, experimental social psychologist, psychology professor at Harvard University and the author of the groundbreaking book Mindfulness, will be a guest speaker at The Center for Spirituality and Healing’s next Wellbeing Lecture Series on November 10 at the University of Minnesota. Lifesprk is a proud sponsor of this series.
In a Forbes article written earlier this year, Dr. Langer shares, “We suffer from an illusion of certainty and would prosper from realizing that since everything is always changing and everything looks different from different perspectives, this ‘certainty’ is mindless and robs us of control.”
The article goes on to share that much of Dr. Langer’s research has been in the area of health: “By increasing mindfulness she’s found that stress decreases, pain diminishes, symptoms of arthritis, ALS and the common cold decrease, among other findings. Most astounding is that when seniors were encouraged to be mindful, they actually lived longer.”
Dr. Langer’s research on mindfulness is important work and complements what we believe at Lifesprk–when people are not mindful or not engaged; they are vulnerable to getting on the roller coaster of crisis–robbing them of control, independence and opportunities. When our lives aren’t sparked, when we aren’t mindful of the possibilities that do exist, our health suffers. Purpose, passion and possibilities are all meant to come alive in the second half of life, and people are meant to shine from the joy of living them.
But how do we help ourselves and our clients become more mindful and create successful outcomes? We invite you to join us at the next Wellbeing Lecture Series and hear from Dr. Langer as she shares some of her research and guaranteed tips for success.
Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
Presented by Dr. Ellen Langer
Monday, November 10, 2014
2:00 pm – Lecture (Q&A and reception immediately after)
University of Minnesota
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
To purchase tickets or get additional information about these and future lectures, please visit http://z.umn.edu/langertix or call 612-624-9459.