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...
Healthy Minds in Practice: A New Beginning
In this 10 minute practice, we reflect on challenging times and carry lessons learned...
New Research Network to Measure and Promote Emotional Well-Being
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has received a $2.5 million four-year grant from the...
Giving Gratitude and Receiving Resilience Guided Meditation
This meditation, hosted by Loka Director Dekila Chungyalpa, practices Tonglen with Nature on...
Students Find Strength in Uncertainty, with Boost from UW Flourishing Course
Nearly 150 UW–Madison students took part in a new kind of...
En medio de la incertidumbre, estudiantes de la UW se fortalecen con la ayuda del curso de Florecimiento humano
Cerca de 150 estudiantes de la UW–Madison participaron en un nuevo tipo de...
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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.