I feel like the bourgeois gentleman in the Moliere play – for more than 40 years, I’ve been using “heuristics,” and I didn’t even know it. More than that, I didn’t know how risky they could be. Heuristics are experiential rules of thumb used for “problem-solving, learning, and discovery.” We can’t operate without them. Research [...]
Archive for March, 2010
Does mindfulness really provide therapeutic value? And what about those of us who are healthy: can we benefit? The answers – very clearly – are yes and yes.
Our teachers were right. It’s really important to pay attention. In fact, mindfulness — paying attention — is one of life’s best practices. Ellen Langer writes about this a lot. The Harvard psychologist (and artist) has long been an advocate of what she calls “mindfulness.” That’s the name of her most widely read book, and [...]
I’m all in favor of tools that make it easier to do what I set out to do. Thus, for about the past eight months, I have used DailyBurn.com to track my daily food intake, daily exercise, and daily weight and body fat. Why? Because the basics of weight control are — no surprise — [...]