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10 MINDFUL MINUTES by Goldie Hawn


Giving Our Children--and Ourselves--the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happier Lives

by Goldie Hawn with Wendy Holden

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-399-53606-9
Publisher: Perigee/Penguin

Beloved actress demonstrates how a few minutes per day can change the way we see the world.

Following on the heels of her bestselling memoir, Hawn (A Lotus Grows in the Mud, 2005) shares the success of MindUP, a social and emotional learning program developed by her Hawn Foundation with the support of experts and used in elementary schools. She describes MindUP as a program that teaches children the mechanics of their own brain, allowing “them to become more self-aware and…to manage and reduce their own stress. It effectively puts them in control of the way they respond to the outside world.” These tools have resulted in a positive change in the way children, as well as adults, perceive how their brains influence their lives. Hawn shares personal anecdotes that illustrate the MindUP theory in action, juxtaposed against scientific evidence and practical exercises. She instructs readers on how to find “teachable moments to share discoveries—at the dinner table, in the car, or on the way to school—whenever and wherever it feels appropriate.”

Decent advice for young children; some adaptations for teens would be beneficial.