Ellen Langer is one of the world’s leading research scientists, the first tenured female professor in Harvard’s Psychology Department, and creator of what she calls the psychology of possibility—challenging the limits of what we perceive to be impossible.
In short, she’s awesome and her research is truly fascinating.
This book was published over 25 years ago in 1989—before the concept of “mindfulness” went mainstream. (Get a copy here.) Ellen focuses on a Western orientation to mindfulness rather than the popular Eastern. As she says, “Meditation is a tool to achieve post-meditative mindfulness. Regardless of how we get there, either through meditation or more directly by paying attention to novelty and questioning assumptions, to be mindful is to be in the present, noticing all the wonders that we didn’t realize were right in front of us.”
I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!
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