By Caitlin McKay

Hi, BetterWorldians! This is Caitlin, the Communications Manager and Broadcast Producer at BetterWorldians Foundation. I’ve been working behind the scenes for four years, producing more than 140 inspiring episodes of BetterWorldians Radio, together with Ray, MarySue, and Greg.

I’m excited today to introduce a new feature on Podcaps. With each new episode, I’ll share some show notes, any links or websites mentioned during the show, and any tidbits that jumped out at me. So let’s get started.

We’ve talked about mindfulness quite a bit on BetterWorldians Radio, because we truly believe in its power to change lives and make the world a better place. Each time we discuss mindfulness on the show, it renews my own commitment to be more mindful in my life to help overcome stress and experience more happiness and joy, and I hope it will do the same for you.

We were excited by Dr. Melanie Greenberg’s fresh take on mindfulness with her book The Stress-Proof Brain. We can all stand to lessen the stress in our lives, especially at a time when it feels like every time you turn on the news there is something new to worry about.

According to Dr. Greenberg, stress isn’t always a bad thing. Stress can motivate us to solve problems and take care of business. BUT when stress is unmanaged it can lead to:

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

WOW! That’s pretty scary stuff, but, according to Dr. Greenberg, there’s hope and it’s called “neuroplasticity.” Basically, neuroplasticity is the concept that we can literally rewire our brains to be more stress-proof. The key to that rewiring? Mindfulness.

Dr. Greenberg calls mindfulness both a skill-set and an attitude that can help you become “a compassionate observer of your own experience.”

Tune in to this episode to learn how you can implement mindfulness into your daily routines to create a more stress-proof brain.

After all, as Dr. Greenberg says “mindfulness has such potential to transform our world,” and is key to making the world a better place.

PS. Dr. Greenberg’s book, The Stress-Proof Brain has even more great information than we had time to cover in this episode. You can pick it up here.  And here’s a link to her blog, The Mindful Self Express.