David Mochel
Dave's passion is helping people and organizations be more present, positive, and purposeful. He has spent the last 25 years synthesizing and translating research on brains and behavior to make it accessible and applicable. He helps individuals and organizations develop peace of mind, extraordinary power, and meaningful relationships through consistent and deliberate practice. Dave works with schools, businesses, and individuals all over the country and the world. He has a bachelors degree in biology and geology from Williams College, a masters in humanistic/mulitcultural education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and he has completed a clinical internship at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Entries by David Mochel

Are You as Happy as You Want to Be? Eight Great Choices That Make a Huge Difference

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2015 | (06:30)

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Look around you. Everything you can see, hear, touch, smell, or taste is a product of activity in your brain. Every sensation, thought, and feeling you experience is generated by your nervous system. The processing needed to create...

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The Real Secret of Self-Control

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2015 | (19:43)

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As I write this I am looking outside and feeling the desire to enjoy the sunshine rather than sit at my computer. In an alternate universe I could be outside enjoying the sun and looking back through the window...

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Simple Wisdom: Don't Complain About What You Have Chosen

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (22:53)

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Every summer I travel to Japan to teach a mindfulness-based leadership program at a school that is about an hour by bullet train from Tokyo. The setting is fantastic - at the foot of Mount Asama - the most...

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Want to be Happy and Unstoppable? Work with Discomfort.

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2015 | (02:21)

After studying and teaching the science and practice of well-being, leadership, and expert performance for twenty-five years, and in my work with executives, athletes, adventurers, educators, activists, parents, and students from all over the world, one thing has become crystal clear to me: the secret to a remarkable life lies...

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Anger, Fear, Stress, Anxiety, Cravings? Try Self-Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (15:17)

Imagine you are walking by a construction zone and you see a worker pounding on a nail with his fist.
"That looks painful," you observe.
"Yeah. It's really painful," he responds.
"And it doesn't really look like it's...

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Welcome! The Incredible Power of Acceptance

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2015 | (06:07)

The start of the New Year is fascinating to me because it can be a time of great joy and a time of great anxiety. While the opportunity to be surrounded by family and friends can intensify a sense of connection for...

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Read This if You Are Tired of Procrastinating

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (23:00)


If you love procrastinating...if you wear your procrastination like a badge of honour...if you revel in your war stories about how you left it all to the last minute and then pulled it out of the fire with a flourish...then this...

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Are You Leading (and Living) From the Most Useful Part of Your Brain?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2014 | (23:57)

There you are in another meeting or conversation where people are once again pointing out what is wrong. This is a favorite pastime for human beings. We identify what is wrong with others, what is wrong with ourselves, what is wrong with...

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Reach Your Potential and Be Happy? Be Mindful of These Two Beliefs?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (17:49)

Today is the big day. Today is the day that you are going to start exercising, quit procrastinating, finish that big project, make that crucial phone call, and begin living the life you were meant to live. It's just that the excitement you felt about all of this yesterday is...

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How to Change the World 10 Seconds at a Time - and How Your Brain Tells You Not To

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (17:10)

You are an explorer

You are looking for something. A way to make a difference, to create meaningful relationships, and a to enjoy a quality of experience that you believe is possible even though it seems elusive. However, there is a gap between what is most important to you and...

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The Practice of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2014 | (16:59)


Stand up straight. Smile. Say hello to strangers. Do something kind. Appreciate experiences, not stuff. Say thank you. Set clear, concrete goals. Pay attention to the small daily pleasures. If this sounds like advice your grandmother might give you -she would be right...

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A School Intervention Proven to Improve Performance, Intelligence, and Self-control?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (16:10)

If you knew of a method to help students improve their grades, their self-discipline, their focus, and their ability to manage stress, would you consider offering it in schools? If the side effects included stronger interpersonal relationships and increased intelligence, would you still consider it? What if such a method...

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What Are We Missing?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (04:59)

So, the excitement in my life right now is that I have cancer. It is very treatable, and a short course of chemotherapy is highly likely to put it into remission. Even so, I would not voluntarily choose this for myself or anyone else. The path to discovering my cancer...

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Mindfulness and Kindness Are Good Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2014 | (09:49)

I have been sitting in a hospital bed in an isolation room for the last five days. I came in with a nasty case of pneumonia and an unexplained low white blood cell count. Visitors to my room need to wear a gown and a mask. My blood has been...

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Why Mindfulness Is Just the Beginning

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2014 | (12:30)

Huffington Post, Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg News, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Business Insider -- articles on mindfulness are everywhere these days. It is difficult to avoid some mention of this ancient practice in the media. While it is most directly...

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How Wonder Can Save Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (06:29)

I am currently in Japan teaching mindful-based leadership at an international leadership academy (ISAK). Here is what this morning's run in the Japanese countryside had to offer. It began with a glimpse of this farmhouse.



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Why You Don't Want to Meditate (And Why It Is Worth It Anyway)

(1) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (07:38)

I am currently in a small town in the mountains of Japan. I have been coming here for the last four years to teach mindful self-control at a summer program for the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK). Gathering together with teachers and students from more than twenty different countries,...

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Why We Lose Sight of What Is Most Important

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (21:09)


You know the deal - you wake up in the morning ready to make your life, your relationships, and the world the best they can be. Then you answer your email, check your voicemail, scan some news sites, and look at some funny...

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Want to be Happy? Practice Self-Control

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (01:48)

You tell yourself that you will:
lose a few pounds, and then you order dessert.
be careful with your money, and then you buy shoes on a whim.
be more kind and supportive, and then you argue over something trivial.
get started on your work, and...

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Just 'DÒ' It

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2014 | (01:15)


This symbol is the Japanese character "DÒ" (pronounced doe). "DÒ" refers to practice as a way of life. The closest (and rarely used) word in the English language for one who lives according to this principle is "practic." The definition of...

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