Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and a member of the Greater Good Science Center’s Advisory Board, Dr. Hanson has been invited to speak at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers.
Stories by Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.
Other people can make us anxious. Sometimes the fear is justified, says Rick Hanson, but most of the time, it's not. How can we overcome those needless fears?
Articles: Just One Thing: Enjoy the Freedom Not ToBy Rick Hanson | January 6, 2014
Every day, we face pressures from within and from without. Rick Hanson suggests a new way to deal with them.
Articles: Just One Thing: Accept DifficultyBy Rick Hanson | December 10, 2013
Sometimes things are difficult—and we can make it worse by telling ourselves that "things shouldn't be this way." But Rick Hanson suggests an alternative.
Videos and Podcasts: How to Change Your BrainBy Rick Hanson | December 5, 2013
Rick Hanson explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and help us focus our attention.
Slide Presentation: Hardwiring HappinessBy Rick Hanson | November 16, 2013
Rick Hanson's presentation on the new brain science of lasting inner strength and peace.
Articles: Just One Thing: Feel the SupportBy Rick Hanson | October 24, 2013
We get more support than we think, says Rick Hanson. We just have to allow ourselves to feel it.
Articles: How to Grow the Good in Your BrainBy Rick Hanson | September 24, 2013
Rick Hanson explains how we can protect ourselves from the stress of negative experiences.
Articles: Just One Thing: Drop the LoadBy Rick Hanson | September 11, 2013
Feeling chained to your to-do list? Rick Hanson suggests four ways to break free from busyness.
Criticism is unavoidable, but we add to its pain with the jabs we give ourselves. There's a better way, says Rick Hanson.
Articles: Just One Thing: Transform Ill WillBy Rick Hanson | July 10, 2013
Ill will creates negative, vicious cycles, says Rick Hanson. But with a few simple steps, we can aim our will at creating good feelings.
Videos and Podcasts: Rick Hanson on Maintaining Positive Emotions, Part 2By Rick Hanson | July 1, 2013
Part 2 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on neuroplasticity, the negativity bias, and taking in the good, given July 1, 2013, at the first annual Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.
Videos and Podcasts: Rick Hanson on Maintaining Positive Emotions, Part 1By Rick Hanson | July 1, 2013
Part 1 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on neuroplasticity, the negativity bias, and taking in the good, given July 1, 2013, at the first annual Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.
Articles: Just One Thing: Accept DependenceBy Rick Hanson | June 4, 2013
Dependence is nothing to be ashamed of, says Rick Hanson—and accepting our natural interdependence can make us stronger.
Articles: Just One Thing: Give Them What They WantBy Rick Hanson | May 2, 2013
Rick Hanson says that giving other people what they need will improve your life, not just their theirs.
Articles: Just One Thing: Make Good BargainsBy Rick Hanson | March 12, 2013
Life is full of tradeoffs between benefits and costs, says Rick Hanson—but the brain isn't always good at telling one from the other.
Articles: Just One Thing: Trust in LoveBy Rick Hanson | January 31, 2013
Love is a lot like the air, says Rick Hanson. It may be hard to see—but it’s in you and all around you.
Articles: Just One Thing: See ProgressBy Rick Hanson | January 9, 2013
As we look back on the past year, we'll be able to see things that have gotten worse. But Rick Hanson asks us to also recognize what's gotten better.
Articles: Just One Thing: See Good IntentionsBy Rick Hanson | November 14, 2012
In recognizing the positive intentions in others, says Rick Hanson, we feel safer, more supported, and happier.
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