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.
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...
Mindfulness-Based Training and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examining whether experience with mindfulness-based programs and training is helping people cope with...
Students Find Strength in Uncertainty, with Boost from UW Flourishing Course
Nearly 150 UW–Madison students took part in a new kind of...
Healthy Minds in Practice: Giving and Receiving Love
Love is a powerful emotion. It can be an anchor to keep us...
Meditating and Healing in a Traumatized World
Mushim Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher and writer who leads community engagement...
Healthy Minds in Practice: Healing Intergenerational Trauma
Historical or intergenerational trauma can impact groups of people in both subtle and...
Community Partnership and Inclusion at Heart of New Neuroscience Approach
A recent paper explored a promising research framework that adapts research on...
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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.