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"Well-Being is a Skill" topic of upcoming talk

"Well-Being is a Skill" topic of upcoming talk

Author and researcher Richard Davidson, PhD, will speak on "Well-Being is a Skill: How to have a Healthy Mind," on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 pm at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, as part of the St. John's Health Words on Wellness speaker series.

The talk will offer scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivating mental habits that improve well-being. These training strategies can be used to improve the well-being of children, teachers, parents, and communities.

Davidson will begin with an overview of the neuro-scientifically validated constituents of well-being and will illustrate how each of these is rooted in specific brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can be modified through training. These practices can be applied in a wide range of contexts and have the potential to positively impact social change.

Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he leads conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006. A New York Times bestselling author, Davidson is the founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Tickets to Davidson's talk are $10 for general admission (including processing charge); available at

St. John's Health Words on Wellness speaker series presents national speakers and conducts Lunchtime Learning presentations on health and wellness topics. It is supported by the St. John’s Hospital Foundation.

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St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care Living Center.


The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence, and community wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or