Thursday, July 14, 2011

The mind behind The Young Ones




I was lucky enough to see Ellen Langer at the Future Summit 2011. She is a champion of mindfulness and she is the woman behind the utterly brilliant BBC series The Young Ones - no, not the comedy, the experiment involving six older Brits that live together in a retrofitted house (circa 1975). In just one week, the experiment shows that the participants were physically and mentally younger and significantly healthier. In effect, they thought themselves young again, much to the surprise of the participants as well. In turns out it was their fixed attitudes and "mindless" perception that because they were "old" that was cramping their style. They thought they were unable to do many things for themselves anymore, such as put on socks, live independently, walk without sticks, climb stairs or be active, which in fact they still could. This program is proof of how useful the practice of mindfulness really is. I use it all the time in training, trying to get people to break away from fixed ideas about what they can and can't do. It's very liberating.
WATCH ELLEN ON MINDFULNESS AND LEADERSHIP FROM THE FUTURE SUMMIT 2011.

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