Distinguished contemplative neuroscientist Richie Davidson on well-being: "It is my fervent aspiration that our culture will pay more attention to well-being, will include strategies to promote well-being with our educational curricula and within the healthcare arena, and will include well-being within our definitions of health. These changes would help to promote greater harmony and well-being of the planet."
In this brief blog post, Davidson makes four claims about well-being:
1. Well-being is a skill
2. Well-being is associated with specific patterns of brain activity that influence and are influenced by the body.
3. Equanimity and generoisty both contribute to well-being and are associated with distinct patterns of brain and bodily activity.
4. There is an innate disposition toward well-being and prosocial behavior.