10 Mindful Minutes

10 Mindful Minutes

by Goldie Hawn, Jennifer Repo


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This journal provides prompts and exercises to guide you to a fuller practice of mindfulness no matter what your current level of experience. Inspired by Goldie’s10 Mindful Minutes, which offered parents “simple and effective ways…to create calmer, kinder, happier families” (USA TODAY), this work helps anyone focus on specific qualities–from optimism or gratitude to anger or fear–that can be enhanced or helped by a meditative practice. The prompts, which address these specific desires or concerns, are supported by Goldie’s own observations and reflections as well as simple yet effective exercises that will help you strengthen your own resolve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399174919
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,133,483
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Goldie Hawn is an Academy-award winning actress and New York Times bestselling author of A Lotus Grows in the Mud and 10 Mindful Minutes. Since 2003, when she established The Hawn Foundation whose mission is to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives, Hawn has been working with leading educators and neuroscientists, among other specialists, to develop ways to promote children’s success in school and in life through social and emotional learning. The Hawn Foundation’s MindUP (TM) program is currently in the hands of more than 1,000 educators throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK.

She has been a presenter on the topic of social emotional learning and mindfulness at such notable gatherings as the Aspen Health Conference and Davos.

Table of Contents

What We Think Is What We Create: An Introduction xi

Cultivating Optimism

Power of Possibility 5

A Mindful Do-Over 7

Half Full or Half Empty? 9

Saying Yes 11

Any Day Happiness 13

Train Your Brain 15

Savoring Happiness

Happy Thoughts 21

Rediscovering You! 23

Happiness Is Within 25

Creative Happiness 27

Your Happy Place 29

Attitude of Gratitude

Vitamin G 37

Giving Back 41

Gratitude Symbol 43

Family Gratitude 45

Transforming Anger

Feeling It 53

Something Different 55

Traffic Signal 57

What's Your Trigger? 59

Releasing Sadness

Early Memories 65

Rewriting History 67

Dance Like No One's Looking 69

In Your Body 73

Sitting with Fear

Letting Go 79

Changing the Channel 81

Walking Through Fear 83

A Letter to Myself 85

Discovering Empathy

Really Seeing Someone 91

Changing Perspective 95

Honoring Connections 97

Common Humanity 99

Becoming Compassionate

Self-Compassion 107

Pay It Forward 109

Finding Purpose 111

The Garden of Compassion 115

Nurturing Words 117

Tending to Kindness

Acts of Kindness 125

Kindness All Around 127

Who Do You Admire? 131

Receiving 133

Talk About It 135

Journaling Your Way to a More Mindful Life 137

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for Goldie Hawn’s 10 Mindful Minutes

“Goldie Hawn's 10 Mindful Minutes is an excellent guide that offers simple, effective ways for stressed parents to create calmer, kinder, happier families. The book boils down the latest findings about the brain into tips to help kids understand and manage their emotions. …Hawn emphasizes the importance of teaching children empathy and gratitude. Refreshing and sensible.
USA Today
“Goldie Hawn embodies delight and joy, and 10 Mindful Minutes radiates these. Her book can help any adult – parent, grandparent, teacher – make double use of their moments with the children they love and have a terrific time while helping shape that child’s brain for a lifetime of resilience and happiness.”
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“This is a remarkable book.  It is full of wisdom for us all - parents and other care-givers - inviting us to taste mindfulness for ourselves.  Here is chance not to be missed: to learn from the inside how mindfulness can help us to see clearly and respond wisely to the emotional and developmental needs of our children.  Read it and use it: you may find you are doing nothing less than giving back to your children their childhood, while they still have the chance to live it.”
—Mark Williams, Director, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and author of Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World
 “Goldie Hawn is arguably the most influential happiness expert of our time. She not only has achieved true happiness in her life but radiates it in her family and through the work of her foundation. Now, 10 Mindful Minutes offers a guide for the rest of us. This book artfully blends the latest science and quick, easy how to advice with a rare glimpse into the epiphanies that led to Goldie’s happiness work. It’s an engaging must-read for every parent interested in raising a focused, balanced, and happy child.”
—Dan Buettner, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones and Thrive
"Hawn's gentle, heartfelt approach to mothering and her mission to help children develop happier, healthier lives will be both useful and inspiring for parents. 
Publishers Weekly
“Beloved actress demonstrates how a few minutes per day can change the way we see the world. Hawn shares personal anecdotes that illustrate the MindUP theory in action, juxtaposed against scientific evidence and practical exercises. She instructs readers on how to find “teachable moments to share discoveries—at the dinner table, in the car, or on the way to school—whenever and wherever it feels appropriate.”
Kirkus Book Reviews

 “Goldie delightfully weaves together personal recollections and practical tips with accessible explanations of the brain’s attention and emotion systems. Firmly rooted in neuroscience and mindfulness, she is pioneering a cultural shift in parenting and education.”
—Amishi Jha, PhD, neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology, University of Miami

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10 Mindful Minutes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MtnMomDS More than 1 year ago
I'm a grandmother; no children at home. Recently saw Goldie Hawn on the Dr. Oz show discussing her book and really wanted to read it even though it is directed toward parenting. My childhood was based on "old school" upbringing; some bad, some good. I found the book to be well researched and documented and am now reading it a second time. The suggestions offered by Ms. Hawn caused me to be reflective of my own life, past and present -- VERY helpful in moving forward, even at this late age. I highly recommend this book to any gender, any age, who would like to better their lifestyle and become a happier, more content individual. What better example than Goldie herself?
SamuelJenkins More than 1 year ago
This book is very commendable for it instills a lot of lessons for us adults in our day to day life. I started reading it and instantly loved it which explains why my wife is reading it now because of the life-changing results that it will contribute to your relationship with your children.
LOVETOREAD16 More than 1 year ago
After hearing Goldie speak on talk shows over the years, I was always impressed by her healthy attitude about life and living. As soon as I heard about this book I jumped on Amazon to order. I can't say it better than the other reviews so far. Natural joy is something so worth working on and if we can help our children come about this in their every day living by getting used to a few methods then nothing can be more important. It is clear that happiness is disappearing in the United States, maybe, in my opinion, we've grown too used to being a bit spoiled and feeling entitled. "Positive psychology", better than focusing on negative aspects, has to be more beneficial to all and training the young from the get-go can't be a better way to form a healthy, happy human being. Optimism, yes! How would you prefer to live, positive or negative? Goldie is a "Gold Mine" in her being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, very easy read that helps explain how our thoughts and brain are related that has been proven and implemented in schools. I highly recommend this book for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and helpful book. Very well written and an easy read which makes it easy to convey the information to children in terms they understand. I would highly recommend this book to everyone (parents, grandparents, teachers etc...) with children in today's stressful society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the honesty and love combined with good advice for many situations
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you the background to gain mindfulness in your and your children's lives. It provides step by step features as to how it can be obtained. Goldie Hawn may be remembered as the ditzy blonde in movies but she is one intelligent lady who wants the best for her family and others. This is a very insightful read.
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lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
very interesting. enjoyed reading this
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This is a great book
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