‘Mind Platter’ by Dan Siegel

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people had an idea of what a daily intake would be for their mind? How do you keep your mind healthy? So what I’m going to do is share with you what the healthy mind platter has, the seven activities that can help keep your relationships healthy and actually integrate your brain…”

“Finally, our seventh activity is called connecting time. Now, connecting time is where we connect to other people, hopefully in person, and to the planet, to nature. I try to remember connecting time with the phrase, ‘3G2P’.

The 2P is two people and the planet. 3G is we bring this sense of connection with a feeling of generosity, of kindness, of open heartedness. And we do with this gratitude, for being alive for our connections to other people on the planet.

And we do this also with a sense of giving back. Because all the research shows that when we give back to others and give back to the planet, not only are others helped by that, but even our own health, our own sense of happiness, our own sense of meaning is enhanced when we give back…”

Dan Siegel, MD, is a Harvard-trained physician and codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.

An award-winning educator, Siegel is executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He coined the term “mindsight” to describe our capacity for insight and empathy. The Mindsight Institute promotes insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, and institutions by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Dan Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics, as well as child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He also served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory, and narrative.

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