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The Teaching Your Toddler Podcast

Aug 12, 2020

Dr. Greg Hammer, MD is a pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist, professor at Stanford University Medical Center and the author of GAIN Without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals. He has also spent many years learning and teaching about health and wellness including a daily meditation practice.

In this episode, Dr. Hammer talks about the 4 Pillars of Being Present – the only time we are guaranteed is the present we are experiencing RIGHT NOW. As parents, sometimes it’s hard to stay present.

He also talks about ways to have gratitude each day and take stock in the wonder of the day. Our days with kids are long and tiring. Taking time at the end of the day either writing down or thinking of 3 things has been scientifically been proven to help us be happier.

One of the most important practice we can teach our children is gratitude. Taking time each day to talk about the good things that happened.

Dr. Hammer talks about our true nature as beings seeking peace and happiness but we often get stuck in the bad things that have happened to us. Teaching out kids to learn to see the good is a huge skill and it actually rewires our brains when we think about happy things.

He wraps the show with his thought on the gift it is to have children – the magic of connecting with the unconditional love we feel for our kids and the privilege we have as parents of being with them.




Full Bio: Greg Hammer, MD is a pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist, and professor at Stanford University Medical Center. A member of the Stanford WellMD initiative and the Wellness Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr Hammer is currently the Chair of the Physician Wellness Task Force for the California Society of Anesthesiologists. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer on wellness at institutions worldwide and teaches GAIN to medical students, residents and fellows at Stanford. 

Dr. Hammer’s clinical focus is in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine. His research is in developmental pharmacology and immunology, and he has an active laboratory with multiple ongoing studies in these areas. He has published widely on topics related to pharmacology and perioperative care of children undergoing cardiac and thoracic procedures as well as organ transplantation. Dr. Hammer is a health enthusiast and meditator, utilizing a non-duality and mindfulness-based approach, including the GAIN method.  Dr. Hammer is the author of GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals, which was released May 15, 2020.

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