MMMM: Change

MMMM: Mindfulness, Meditation and Mental health May- is a month of quotes, books and (sometimes unexpected) resources to reflect on, to help have a happier, more mindful life.

Regular book reviews will continue on Fridays.


Quote of the Day:

“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been.”

Dan Gilbertson: the Psychology of Your Future Self Ted talk


Resource of the Day:

Growth Mindset. Such a simple idea, but one that blew my mind when I read about it a year or so ago. I really recommend you listen to Carol Dweck’s Ted talk about the topic, or read this article here– they’re a great introduction.

In short, the growth mindset is this:

“growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and experience.”

The alternative is a fixed mindset- if you do well it is because you are good at something, if you do badly, it is because you are not good at something- this is a belief that your qualities are carved in stone- either you are smart or you are not; you are good at sport or you are not etc. The fixed mindset can lead to people giving up when they could have succeeded with effort, the need to prove yourself, and giving up on people or situations when things aren’t as perfect as you initially hoped. Whereas a growth mindset allows you to try difficult things and fail, and maintain your self esteem. You can accept relationships not being perfect, because you are open to the idea of working to improve them. You can look forward to growing as a person.

Question of the Day:

In Carol Dweck’s Ted talk, she links the messages we recieve as kids to developing our mindsets- when we succeed are we told ‘you must be very smart’ or ‘you must have put a lot of effort in’ ? What message did you hear most?


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