Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of 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
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.
Articles: Just One Thing: Wake Up to the Good NewsBy 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?
Articles: Just One Thing: Hush the Inner CriticBy Rick Hanson | August 22, 2012
Messing up is easy, says Rick Hanson. But forgiving yourself takes practice.
There is a place for painful experiences. But Rick Hanson explains how to minimize the harm they can do to our mental and physical health.
Articles: Just One Thing: Be HomeBy Rick Hanson | June 21, 2012
Feeling confused about who you are? Rick Hanson says go home... and rest.
Articles: Just One Thing: Find Your North StarBy Rick Hanson | May 11, 2012
Where are you headed? Rick Hanson suggests a way to discover what's most important to you.
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