Founded by world renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Healthy Minds envisions a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world.
Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.
Groundbreaking Research with
We explore well-being across the lifespan – from pregnancy to old age.
Examining Individual Differences in Contemplative Practice Response
This study seeks to build upon knowledge from Tibetan medicine through examining well-being...
The Field Study of Long-Term Meditation Practitioners
We’re studying an ancient meditation practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and...
Evaluating the Healthy Minds Program Application in a Fully Remote Randomized Controlled Trial
Exploring whether meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase...
Body Awareness, Mindfulness and Mind-Body Coherence
How does the relationship between mental and physical stress impact well-being?
Smiling Faces Task and Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Following up with past research participants about the pandemic's impact on their lives...
New Science Explores Process of Death, with Cultural, Medical, Forensic and Ethical Implications
Center for Healthy Minds experts and Tibetan medical leaders at premiere medical institutions...
Healthy Minds in Practice: The Mind that Craves
Sometimes we seek comfort through unhealthy habits. In this 10-minute practice, we’ll...
Healthy Minds in Practice: Sports and Interconnection
Big sports tournaments can remind us of our shared humanity. We are all...
Applications Requested for the Plasticity of Well-being Pilot Awards
The Plasticity of Well-being network invites applications for Pilot Awards for projects that...
Center Partners with Creative Destruction Lab, a New program at UW-Madison focused on health & wellness startups
The Center for Healthy Minds is a partner in the Creative Destruction Lab...
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Featured Giving Opportunity: $100,000 Legacy Challenge
Our work to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world continues – and this year, in honor of our 10-year anniversary, a generous donor is offering a $100,000 legacy gift challenge to mark the occasion.
Now more than ever, your legacy gift commitment will advance the Center’s mission, expand our research, and ensure our collective work continues to have impact for years to come. Learn more.
Well-Being is a Skill
For us, well-being is more than a buzzword. The more we understand ourselves and our emotions, the more we can do to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. In partnership with an affiliated, external nonprofit Healthy Minds Innovations, we build tools to improve well-being in the workplace, schools and beyond.
Our mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum is a free tool for educators and parents to use to promote prosocial qualities in young children. Sign up to try it out.
Healthy Minds Program App
Healthy Minds Innovations, the external nonprofit affiliated with the Center, launched the Healthy Minds Program App to improve well-being. Learn more.