Magazine article Variety

My Life Is Full, It's Not about the Next Movie

Magazine article Variety

My Life Is Full, It's Not about the Next Movie

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There has been a 15-year gap between Goldie Hawn's movies, but she has been busy during that time with her writing and her foundation.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Hawn says she set up the Hawn Foundation to help children be more resilient and deal with a changed future.

"Some of them will be the leaders of our country, that's why I created the foundation," she says. "I would say for the love of children."

She wrote a curriculum called the MindUp Program, which was published by Scholastic, and has been in use in the U.S. since 2003 as well as in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Serbia and Mexico. There are 1 million children in the program.

Based on the pillars of neuroscience, awareness, positive psychology and social-emotional learning, the program also encompasses lessons for administrators, teachers, parents and therapists.

"We've made tremendous strides and so many children have this new way of learning," she says. "Children always have been my goal, their lives worth saving and their minds worth nurturing. They are the future."

Children who are experiencing stress - whether from parents' divorce, bullying in school or violence in school - are taught practices to cope.

The idea behind MindUp is that happy, well-adjusted children have a more-enhanced ability to learn and flourish. …

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