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RickHanson

San Francisco Bay Area, California
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of the bestselling Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 21 languages). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC... Full Bio
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Is the “Self” Real? by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Is the “Self” real? What’s the nature of the sense of being that remains when parts of the psyche fall away? The answer depends on how you define “Self.”  I use that w ... Read on »
The Effect of Relationships on the Evolving Human Brain by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Your brain is the product of 3.5 billion years of intense evolutionary pressure, including 2.7 million years as tool-using hominids and over 100,000 years as homo sapiens. ... Read on »
Feel Whole by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness What’s left out? The Practice: Feel whole. Why? When I look back on mistakes I’ve made – like dumping my anger on someone, making assumptions in haste, par ... Read on »
Video – How to Take in the Good by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness In this video, I explain how we can boost our positive emotions and positive experiences. This video was taken at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of ... Read on »
What is the Best Time of Day to Meditate? by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness What is the Best Time of Day to Meditate? In all the studies (and reviews of studies) I’ve seen on meditation, I’ve never seen anything scientific about best time of d ... Read on »
Brain Facts by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Did you know? Neurons typically fire 5 – 50 times a second, with millions and even billions of them pulsing in harmony with each other many times a second; the electric ... Read on »
Intention of Harmlessness by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness This is a broad aim of not causing pain, loss, or destruction to any living thing. At a minimum, this is a sweeping resolution to avoid any whit of harm to another human b ... Read on »
Love Freely by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness How do you love? The Practice: Love freely. Why? In my early 20′s, I went through Rolfing, a form of deep-tissue bodywork, and I nervously anticipated the 5t ... Read on »
Your Wonderful Brain by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Although your brain isn’t heavy – about three pounds of soft, gooshy tissue like tapioca pudding – it has about 1.1 trillion cells altogether. One hundred billion of those ... Read on »
Right Intention by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Of course, the first question regarding intention is, for what? All the great wisdom traditions of the world, and all the great moral philosophers, have grappled with ... Read on »
Developing a “Buddha Brain” Through Gratitude by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness What role does gratitude play in developing a “buddha brain” and why? A ”buddha brain” is one that knows how to be deeply happy, loving, and wise. We develop ourselves ... Read on »
Do Freely by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness What are you doing? The Practice: Do freely. Why? Most people spend most minutes of most days doing one thing after another. I sure do. Typing these words i ... Read on »
Wholesome Intentions – The Neurology of Intention by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Our intentions arise in the brain, are represented in the brain, and are pursued in the brain. Where else? Therefore, a basic understanding of how intentions work in t ... Read on »
How to Change Your Brain by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness In this video, I explain how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and help us focus our attention. This video was taken at the Greater Good Science Center in U ... Read on »
Wholesome Intentions – Introduction by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness These statements about reality, about the way things really are, are central to Buddhism, and you can test them for yourself: Everything happens because of precedin ... Read on »
Free Hardwiring Happiness Reading Guide Now Available! by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I’ve created a reading guide for my book, Hardwiring Happiness , to take you through the concepts and details of each chapter, offering more opportunities to practice, re ... Read on »
Key Points of Awareness – Part II by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Visit Part I of this blog post here . Concentration Concentration has two central factors: applying attention to an object and sustaining it there, like an ice ... Read on »
Taking in the Good by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Today we don’t gather our own food, fight off wild animals, or live in caves. And yet we’re equipped with stone-aged brains. With practice, however, we can change our brai ... Read on »
Developing An Inner Protector by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness How do I develop an inner protector? Not being able to find an inner protector is a real fact of the inner of world of many people. Developing one is a matter of co ... Read on »
When Good Is Stronger Than Bad by RickHanson Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness I developed the Taking in the Good Course – six, 3-hour classes combining presentations, experiential activities, and written materials – teaching participants how to turn ... Read on »