My new read: “Altered Traits”



About the authors:



Daniel Goleman, PhD author of five New York Times bestsellers, is best-known for his paradigm-shifting book Emotional Intelligence, a global bestseller and has a long-standing interest in meditation dating back to his two years in India as a graduate student at Harvard. He has worked in the decades since then translating scientific findings from the language of academia into an inviting style that renders science accessible to the largest audience. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, and his name has become familiar to millions around the world.



Richard J. Davidson received his PhD from Harvard in psychology, and has been at Wisconsin since 1984, where he directs the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab, the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. His research group numbers more than 100 experts as well as scholars of meditative traditions, and focus on meditation-based strategies to cultivate well-being. Richie (as everyone calls him), has published more than 320 articles, as well as numerous chapters and reviews, and edited fourteen books, and his research has received many awards. He has been chosen as one of Time’s “100 most influential people in the world”.




“A happy synthesis of the authors’ remarkable careers, which grew from the intuition they shared as students that there was something deep and transformative about meditation, Altered Traits tells the story of what has been discovered since and why it matters critically at this moment on the planet.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners



“This exquisite duet between a down-to-earth science writer and path-breaking neuroscientist is a tour-de-force, revealing how training the mind can transform the brain and our sense of self, inspiring us to create a greater sense of well-being, meaning, and connection in our world. Bravo!”
—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of the New York Times best sellers, Mindsight and Brainstorm

“This is a book that really can change your life. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson not only show the power of meditation, but also the smartest way to practice for the maximum possible benefit. Altered Traits is your roadmap to a more mindful, compassionate, fulfilling life — who doesn’t want that?”
—Arianna Huffington, author of the New York Times best seller The Sleep Revolution

“Here is a message that is both powerful and joyful. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson reveal groundbreaking science showing how mindfulness and compassion practices can help each of us individually and thus the entire planet. One of the most exciting books I have read!”
—Chade-Meng Tan, author of the New York Times best sellers, Joy on Demand and Search Inside Yourself

“In this engaging and well-researched book, Goleman and Davidson help us sort out the many claims now being made about the benefits of meditation. Drawing on their own long personal meditative experience and the ever increasing number of scientific studies, Altered Traits breaks new ground in illuminating the power of meditation to transform our lives.”
—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

“One of the world’s most eminent psychological scientists and most gifted science writers have written the definitive book on the science of meditation. Rigorously researched and deeply illuminating, Altered Traits is a must-read for anyone interested in the hidden potential of the human mind.”
—Daniel Gilbert, PhD, author of the New York Times best seller Stumbling on Happiness

“A remarkable collaboration between two brilliant and courageous pioneers, Altered Traits shares the scientific basis and practical realities of the remarkable impact meditation has on altering the mind. As I have personally experienced, regular meditation practice brings compassion, calm, and clarity for all of us, from beginners to experienced practitioners.”
—Bill George, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; former Chair & CEO, Medtronic; and author of Discover Your True North

“Altered Traits is an informative book that is sure to be controversial. Highly recommended.”
—Success Magazine

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