About Dr. Jenny Gumm

Jenny is passionate about bringing the power of mindfulness practices to organizations and individuals in practical, approachable ways. She leverages her personal mindfulness training and practice with her business experience to draw connections between everyday challenges in the working world and opportunities where mindfulness could help clients and businesses of any size get an edge.

When Your Partner is too much to Handle

Twenty years ago, when I was getting a divorce, a good friend of mine asked me if I was going to become one of those bitter angry women who hates men. I had to laugh. I told him no, I love men, but my marriage was just unworkable. I had also realized that going forward, [...]

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Harnessing Your Hidden Superpower

You have a superpower that you’re probably not aware of: your presence. Thinking back on your encounters with particularly angry or peaceful people, you might have noticed how their emotions seemed to rub off on you. Turns out, that’s a real thing. Research has shown that people unconsciously and automatically mimic the emotional expressions of [...]

By |2017-05-19T04:10:23+00:00March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Harnessing Your Hidden Superpower

Danger! Is your body going into stress mode?

Certain things have built-in warning signs when they need attention: a car has a check engine light; a tea kettle has a whistle. Wouldn’t it be great if people had the same type of warning signals when they went into stress mode? That would let everyone know when someone’s stress response had been triggered, and [...]

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How To Not Have An Emotional Reaction

“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.  You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper [...]

By |2017-05-19T04:10:23+00:00January 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How To Not Have An Emotional Reaction

Your phone is hijacking your concentration

Most of us have been proud multitaskers at one point in our lives. The ability to do a few things at the same time can seem like a necessary skill, both at work and at home. We talk on the phone while driving, send texts when we’re talking with someone in person, and reply to [...]

By |2017-05-19T04:10:23+00:00January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your phone is hijacking your concentration

It Is All Made Up

In one of my favorite books, The Art of Possibility, written by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, there is a chapter titled It’s All Invented. The authors say, “It’s all invented anyway so we might as well invent a story or a framework of meaning that enhances our quality of life and the life [...]

By |2017-05-19T04:10:23+00:00January 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on It Is All Made Up

Are you noticing or judging?

Being judgmental has a negative connotation. People don’t want to be viewed this way, yet our brains are hardwired to categorize and generalize things so we can move through our day more efficiently and stay safe (e.g., a dog bearing its teeth is dangerous, and a cooing baby is not). Unfortunately, sometimes our brains make [...]

By |2017-05-19T04:10:23+00:00January 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are you noticing or judging?

THINK: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind

I love being around young children as they are learning and honing their speaking skills. Even though infants and small children are able to communicate quite effectively without words, most quickly start vocalizing to better express their wants and ideas. As we get older, we become more skilled at using our words in speech and [...]

By |2017-05-19T04:10:23+00:00December 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on THINK: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind

6 Ways to Refine Your Listening Skills

Listening is something we all do every day, sometimes effectively and sometimes not. When we are “listening” to other people while multitasking, looking at something else, or thinking about what we are going to do later, the quality of the interaction is diminished. Leadership expert and author Susan Scott says that people often think the [...]

By |2017-05-19T04:10:23+00:00November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Refine Your Listening Skills

Are you creating your own stress?

One of the most fascinating and surprising things I discovered when I began to study stress and its impacts on the individual and the organization, was that I was creating my own stress by my thinking and perceptions. Up until that time, I had imagined that stress was coming from someone or something out there—the [...]

By |2016-11-01T14:08:21+00:00November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are you creating your own stress?
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