Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 115,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.
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.
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.
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.
Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
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