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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson

 

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist 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

Articles: Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself

By Rick Hanson | June 25, 2015

Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!

 

Slide Presentation: Taking in the Good with Dr. Rick Hanson

By Rick Hanson | March 14, 2015
 

Articles: Just One Thing: Grow a Key Inner Strength

By Rick Hanson | March 4, 2015

To deal life's challenges, we need resources. Rick Hanson explains how to find the ones that lie inside yourself.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Let It Go

By Rick Hanson | January 5, 2015

Some things are easy to give up, says Rick Hanson. But what do you do when they aren't?

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Be Kind to Yourself by Being Kind to Others

By Rick Hanson | December 5, 2014

We think of kindness as something we do for others. But Rick Hanson says kindness is a two-way street.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Be Amazed

By Rick Hanson | October 30, 2014

Rick Hanson reminds us to see existence with delight, awe, gratitude, and wow!

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Be at Peace with the Pain of Others

By Rick Hanson | September 26, 2014

We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?

 
We're pleased to bring you another installment of Rick Hanson's Just One Thing (JOT) newsletter, which each week offers a simple practice designed to bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.

Articles: Just One Thing: Be Mind Full of Good

By Rick Hanson | July 3, 2014

Savoring positive experiences can change the brain for the better, says Rick Hanson.

 
Part 3 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on the negativity bias, positive emotions, and “taking in the good,” given July 1, 2014, at the Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

Videos and Podcasts: Rick Hanson on the Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Part 3/3 (SIE14)

By Rick Hanson | July 1, 2014

Part 3 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on the negativity bias, positive emotions, and “taking in the good,” given July 1, 2014, at the Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

 
Part 2 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on the negativity bias, positive emotions, and “taking in the good,” given July 1, 2014, at the Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

Videos and Podcasts: Rick Hanson on the Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Part 2/3 (SIE14)

By Rick Hanson | July 1, 2014

Part 2 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on the negativity bias, positive emotions, and “taking in the good,” given July 1, 2014, at the Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

 
Part 1 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on the negativity bias, positive emotions, and “taking in the good,” given July 1, 2014, at the Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

Videos and Podcasts: Rick Hanson on the Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Part 1/3 (SIE14)

By Rick Hanson | July 1, 2014

Part 1 of a workshop by Rick Hanson on the negativity bias, positive emotions, and “taking in the good,” given July 1, 2014, at the Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Feel Whole

By Rick Hanson | May 26, 2014

Allowing just a small part of ourselves to take over can lead to mistakes, argues Rick Hanson. Here's how to become whole again.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Recognize Suffering in Others

By Rick Hanson | April 2, 2014

Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Relax needless fear around others

By Rick Hanson | February 19, 2014

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 To

By 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 Difficulty

By 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.

 
Rick Hanson explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and help us focus our attention.

Videos and Podcasts: How to Change Your Brain

By Rick Hanson | December 5, 2013

Rick Hanson explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and help us focus our attention.

 

Slide Presentation: Hardwiring Happiness

By 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 Support

By 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 Brain

By Rick Hanson | September 24, 2013

Rick Hanson explains how we can protect ourselves from the stress of negative experiences.

 

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