Exploring Mindfulness and Learning with Dr. Ellen Langer
Leading Learning interviews Harvard professor and best-selling author Ellen Langer on the topics of mindfulness and learning.

Mindfulness is a simple process of noticing new things—and as you notice new things, that puts you in the present, makes you sensitive to context and perspective, and it’s a process of engagement—it’s the essence of what we’re doing when we’re having fun.

When it comes to learning, Ellen says that people have the mistaken notion of, “no pain, no gain” but she thinks one can gain without pain in the process of being mindful. She adds that she could’ve called mindfulness, creativity, but the reason she didn’t is because we have a mindless notion of it and what’s important is the final product—mindfulness is a process and when you’re mindful the product is usually better.