Second, Ellen Langer talks about mindfulness. She defines mindfulness as creating novel distinctions.
It's similar to creating variaty.
Looking at the things that I haven't seen before, that I haven't looked at before.
This is also a way to maintain love. You know people talk about how over time you become, you adapt to your relationships. well,
there's something new to discover about a person every time, whether it's about my parents, whether it's about lover, whether it's about my friends.
Creating novel distinctions. Looking at it mindfully. Focusing on it.
And maintaining freshness through this focus.
Visualizing it. Steven Kosslyn from William James Hall, head of our department did research, showing that kids actually visualize most words.
So when you see- let's say mother, immediately the picture of mother comes up.
Or it's very often for us when we talk these words unautomatic, we no longer visualize it, which is why it takes kids longer to think.
Because they are still visualizing the words. It is not unautomatic anymore, which also explains why kids live like kids,
why they are able to appreciate the simplist of things, to be mesmerized by airplane up there.
Or when they talk about what they did at day care. They live like children.
And what we have become over the years. We adapt to it. We become numb to a lot of these things. So one of the ways to chip away the numbness,
one of the ways to do it is to visualize.
And when we visualize, we start to see things once again like kids do.