Ellen Langer

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  • Counterclockwise
  • Oct 27, 02:28 PM

The Young Ones

The BBC has created a great page for “The Young Ones” series about the Counterclockwise study that aired last month.

The Young Ones

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  • Counterclockwise
  • Oct 22, 08:31 AM

Ben Dean Interview

I was recently interviewed by Ben Dean of MentorCoach about my research, Counteclockwise, and the BBC show based on the Counterclockwise experiment.

You can listen to it here

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  • Mindfulness
  • Aug 22, 11:14 AM

The Mindfulness Chronicles

Harvard Magazine just published a lengthy profile of me and my work. For those interested, it is available online.

Read the article

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  • Aug 2, 05:09 PM

Is it a problem or a challenge?

The words we choose to describe our circumstances may have enormous consequences for us. Words prime emotions and behavior. Words that seem basically the same may lead to very different responses. Seeing cancer as in remission versus being cured, for example, has health consequences for us. In a very different domain, describing a difficult situation as a problem instead of a challenge also may be significant. Problems often sap us of energy and lead to fear, and fear distracts us from problem-solving. Challenges, on the other hand, are often invigorating and motivating. They lead us to try and find solutions, and keep our attention on the issue rather than to making negative evaluations of ourselves or others.

It seems to me that when we talk to ourselves we would benefit from choosing our words wisely.

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  • Counterclockwise
  • Jul 22, 07:38 AM

Mind Over Matter | Radio Boston Interview

Recently I was interviewed by Deborah Becker about mindfulness, health, creativity, and painting. Here is the article that accompanies the show.

Listen to the interview