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: See Behind the MaskBy Rick Hanson | January 7, 2016
Do you have the courage to look behind the eyes of another person?
Articles: Just One Thing: Pay Attention!By Rick Hanson | October 5, 2015
Is your mind wandering? Rick Hanson offers seven steps to get it back on track.
Rick Hanson asks: What kind of life would it be, never to rain on a parade, your own or anyone else’s?
Articles: Just One Thing: Forgive YourselfBy Rick Hanson | June 25, 2015
Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!
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 GoBy Rick Hanson | January 5, 2015
Some things are easy to give up, says Rick Hanson. But what do you do when they aren't?
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 AmazedBy Rick Hanson | October 30, 2014
Rick Hanson reminds us to see existence with delight, awe, gratitude, and wow!
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?
Articles: Just One Thing: Be Mind Full of GoodBy Rick Hanson | July 3, 2014
Savoring positive experiences can change the brain for the better, says Rick Hanson.
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.
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.
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 WholeBy 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.
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.
Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.
Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.
Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, explains what he sees as the four science-based keys to well-being.
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