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Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for a virtual Open Mind program with Dr. Kelli Harding, author of the critically acclaimed new best-selling book, The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness. Dr. Daniel Fessler, the inaugural Director of the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute, will join Dr. Harding in conversation. 

The Rabbit Effect is an eye-opening and inspiring new way to look at our health, based on the latest discoveries in the science of compassion, kindness, and human connection. With compelling storytelling and research, Dr. Harding presents an evidence-based framework for you to take charge of your health and happiness. Decades of research from academic institutions worldwide illustrate that love, friendship, community, life’s purpose, and our environment can have a far greater impact on our health than anything that happens in the doctor’s office.

This book comes at a time when Americans need it most. COVID-19 made our world smaller, and our interconnectedness clear. The events of 2020 have amplified its message. The Rabbit Effect offers practical daily tools to improve our health and increase kindness—especially in times that feel so divided. How we treat each other in our day-to-day lives is critical to immune function, metabolism, and the course of illness and how we live, work, and play profoundly impacts our health. 

Kelli Harding, MD, MPH, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and public health expert. She’s a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and boarded in the specialty of psychosomatic (mind-body) medicine. Dr. Harding has spent much of her career in the ER at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. A media favorite, she’s appeared on Today, Good Morning America, BBC World, C-SPAN, NPR, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Medscape, Oprah.com, Readers Digest, and Parents Magazine. Dr. Harding lives in NYC with her husband and three boys (seventh grade, fifth grade, and second grade). 


Dr. Daniel Fessler is a Professor of Biological Anthropology at UCLA, working in the fields of evolutionary psychology, evolutionary anthropology and evolutionary medicine. The Bedari Kindness Institute is an interdisciplinary research and education organization spanning the entire UCLA campus.

Thursday, June 3
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT 

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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