Kunal Gupta is the founder of Polar, a digital advertising agency that develops Social Display technology for hundreds of brands, generating millions of ads every year. He’s also on the board of CAMH, Canada’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health, where he advocates for public health policy rooted in ‘mindtech,’ a technology-enabled model for compassionate and effective mental health care. He writes the blog By Kunal, where he shares reflections on leadership, mindfulness, technology, and culture. He’s the co-host of Year Zero, the podcast that explores Kunal and co-host Jay Vidyarthi’s vision for the world after COVID-19. Lastly, he hosts a guided meditation every single weekday at 9:30 am EST for everyone in the world who cares to show up. Kunal comes to the JOMO(cast) to share his study, exploration, and practices in attention, mental health, and the frameworks through which we can create and consume content and social media in positive, affirming ways.Key Takeaways:Mental health is an experience of three distinct traits: mental illness, mental wellness, and mental performanceAttention is the fuel for every activity; wellness, performance, and joy must begin with sustained attention fueled by mental performanceThe impact of social media on our mental health is a function of which style of relationship we have to it- consumer, consumer/creator, or creator We are expressing ourselves in every waking moment, whether we curate our outward behavior or not; understanding this will help us to spend more time being intentional.Favorite Quotes:“We all come to a place of attention, intention, and mindfulness from different perspectives."“It’s not our fault that we’re addicted to technology.”“I think we all owe it to ourselves to experience what it feels like to not have it [internet] in our life.”“If we see everything- conscious and unconscious- as an expression of who we are and our identity, it’s actually quite beautiful.” Support:This podcast is made possible by you — our listeners all over the world — from Brazil to Australia, the USA to Singapore. Please support the JOMO(cast) for just $3 a month. Sign up at patreon.com/jomocast.Go Deeper:Sign Up for 7 Days of JOMO Quests, a free series of science-backed challenges to reclaim joy: experiencejomo.com/free-resources. Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter.Resources:Learn more about Kunal at www.bykunal.comFollow Kunal on Twitter @kunalfrompolarListen to the Year Zero Podcast: anchor.fm/yearzero
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