What Our Kids Don’t Learn In School Is The Key To Their Success And Happiness

Episode 172 51m
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Throughout school, we learn arithmetic, biology, and how to read and write. But we don’t learn how to manage stress, understand our emotions, or connect the feelings in our bodies with the thoughts in our heads. Most of us don’t even really know how to breathe in a way that truly serves us. What if our children could learn these essential life skills early on? That’s the question Goldie Hawn asked herself after meeting kids all over the world and seeing their need for self-regulation. Today, I’m so excited to sit down with her to talk about the program she created and how it’s helped so many children grow into successful, grounded, emotionally intelligent adults. Goldie and I dive into her personal story of depression and how it led her to seek an understanding of joy and happiness. She learned to connect her breath with her body to create resilience and mental stability and to be her own mental health advocate. Along the way, she realized most children aren’t taught these tools to help themselves in the same way. Goldie’s experience led her to create MindUP, which uses neuroscience, positive psychology, mindful awareness, and social-emotional learning to promote strong mental health and well-being in kids. The children who’ve gone through this program have shown they’re better at regulating cortisol and the large majority of them report using these skills many years after learning them. We also talk about the science of gratitude and training of the mind; the importance of taking “brain breaks” to self-regulate; and enhancing brain development to improve health and societal outcomes in children. Goldie’s enthusiasm for empowering children is contagious; I know you’ll love this conversation as much as I did. I hope you’ll tune in. This episode is brought to you by TrueDark, BiOptimizers, and Tushy. TrueDark Daylights help prevent eye strain and headaches from overexposure to junk light and TrueDark Twilights collection for nighttime helps you get deeper sleep. TrueDark is offering podcast listeners 15% with code DRHYMAN15. Just go to truedark.com/hyman. Right now, BiOptimizers is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners 10% off your Magnesium Breakthrough order. Just go to magbreakthrough.com/hyman and use code HYMAN10 to receive this amazing offer. The Tushy bidet is a sleek attachment that clips onto your existing toilet and connects to the water supply behind your toilet to spray you with clean, fresh water. Right now, Tushy is offering 10% off, just go to hellotushy.com/HYMAN.

Topics Covered

  • Goldie’s quest to seek and understand joy and happiness

    (5:08 - 9:12)

  • Goldie’s personal experience with depression, what she learned from it, and how it led to the development of MindUP

    (7:00 - 11:04)

  • How MindUP serves as an antidote to the burdens that children face in today’s world

    (12:55 - 16:59)

  • Empowering children to manage stress

    (14:41 - 18:45)

  • The science of happiness, gratitude, and training of the mind

    (17:59 - 22:03)

  • The importance of understanding the brain and taking “brain breaks” to self-regulate

    (21:45 - 27:05)

  • Enhancing brain development to improve health and societal outcomes in children

    (26:54 - 32:14)

  • Savoring happiness, random acts of kindness, and the biology of altruism

    (30:44 - 36:04)

  • Goldie’s advice for following your dreams and passions at any stage of life

    (41:49 - 47:09)

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Ep. 172 - What Our Kids Don’t Learn In School Is The Key To Their Success And Happiness