Growing up Stressed or Growing up Mindful?

 | Dr. Christopher Willard | TEDxYouth@GDRHS

"Mindfulness is not about getting rid of stress - it's about optimizing stress"

Dr. Christopher Willard

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness.  He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children, along with six sets of cards and therapeutic games, available in more than ten languages. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.
Willard, Christopher. "Dr. Christopher Willard." Dr. Christopher Willard. 2019. 16 Aug. 2019 <>.

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I chose this video because he not only discusses the stressors facing today's youth, but also what stress is, the science behind how it affects the body, and how we can optimize our stress to work for us, not against us.