Creating a Digital Tool to Train, Cultivate and Measure Well-Being
Decades of scientific research at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown that well-being is a skill that can be learned. Our team of scientists, content specialists, meditation experts and software developers have combined these scientific findings with traditional contemplative practices to create a guided journey to train the skills of well-being. The Healthy Minds Program mobile app offers guided training where users can learn and practice the skills of well-being in everyday life. The program also includes mobile assessments so users can track their well-being through the app and participate as citizen scientists, contributing to greater understanding of the science of well-being.
Performance and Well-Being in College Athletics
We are currently working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department to explore and promote well-being and performance through mindfulness training. Our work in this area began in 2017 when we introduced meditation training to retired NFL players, many of whom indicated they wished they had learned these skills earlier in their athletic careers. We are taking a 360-degree approach, working with student athletes, coaches and staff to build an integrated meditation program that promotes well-being and performance. Our team is interested in learning how these trainings can be customized and optimally delivered in this unique high-performance environment. We also want to learn about the synergistic skills developed when we train the mind for well-being and performance.
Measuring Well-Being in Teens
Adolescence is a time of major developmental change and teens are particularly vulnerable to experiences that challenge their social and emotional well-being. Our science team is currently creating engaging tools that measure well-being in adolescents and can be delivered via mobile devices. Scientific measures can help program developers better understand how their interventions work, and then iterate and improve those interventions to more effectively cultivate well-being in adolescents.
Mindful Policing: Well-Being in Law Enforcement
The Center for Healthy Minds and the Madison Police Department (MPD) are working together to better understand the impact of mindfulness-based practices on police officers’ physical and mental well-being. Healthy Minds Innovations is partnering with the Center on the study to lead and provide instruction for the mindfulness-based intervention.
Kindness Curriculum Partnerships
The Center for Healthy Minds created and investigated a mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum, publishing results suggesting its potential in influencing academic performance, altruism and delay of gratification. Through Healthy Minds Innovations, the curriculum is available for free by signing up.
HMI has partnered with several organizations, including Community Early Learning Center of Fox Valley, THINK EQUAL and Wisconsin Public Television to help share this impactful curriculum as widely as possible.
HMI also partnered with Pure Edge to develop a Spanish translation of the Kindness Curriculum which is now available.
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Mindfulness-Based Training for College Engineering Students
The UW–Madison College of Engineering, the Center and HMI are developing and evaluating a radically new learning framework for engineering graduate students that is intended to cultivate a highly creative, innovative and grand-challenge-focused research culture based on mindfulness training with experimental and wait-list control groups of Ph.D. engineering students.