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01/23/2015 08:54 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2015

This Professor Says Learning To Be Happy Is 'No Different Than Learning The Violin'

Richard Davidson, professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, touted the importance of being mindful, especially in the workplace.

"I think people in leadership positions are starting to understand the importance of [mindfulness practices]," Davidson told HuffPost Live at Davos. "The cost of burnout is enormous, the cost of employee turnover is enormous."

Davidson said happiness is a skill that can be continually developed.

"I talk about happiness as a skill. It's actually something that can be cultivated," he said. "Everything we've learned about the brain suggests it's no different than learning the violin... if you practice, you'll get better at it."

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