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The Four Constituents of Well-being


Dr. Richard Davidson




Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the four constituents of well-being. These constituents are rooted in specific brain circuits that exhibit neuroplasticity, which gives us the opportunity to enhance our well-being with practice.


So, uh, in the short time that I have with you guys today, I, this is Richie Unplugged. No slides. . I love it. . Uh, I'm going to just say a few words about wellbeing is a skill. That's the title and that's the conclusion. Wellbeing is a skill. and all of the work that we and other colleagues have been doing leads us inevitably to this central conclusion.

I'd like you to come away with the view that wellbeing is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello. I'm saying that because of my dear friend Cliff Sarin, who's here in the audience, and uh, uh, it brings wonder. Memories of Barbara, uh, and wellbeing if it's practice. And I love what Scott Crane said in the introduction about practice.

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