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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson

 

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

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.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Drop the Load

By Rick Hanson | September 11, 2013

Feeling chained to your to-do list? Rick Hanson suggests four ways to break free from busyness.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Relax—You’re Going to be Criticized

By Rick Hanson | August 14, 2013

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 Will

By 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.

 
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 2

By 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.

 
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.

Videos and Podcasts: Rick Hanson on Maintaining Positive Emotions, Part 1

By 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 Dependence

By 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 Want

By 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 Bargains

By 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 Love

By 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 Progress

By 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 Intentions

By Rick Hanson | November 14, 2012

In recognizing the positive intentions in others, says Rick Hanson, we feel safer, more supported, and happier.

 

Articles: Just One Thing: Wake Up to the Good News

By Rick Hanson | October 2, 2012

Our brains have evolved to see threats. What does it take to become aware of the good things in life?

 

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