Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of Contentment, Calm, And Confidence

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of Contentment, Calm, And Confidence

by Rick Hanson

Crown Publishing Group | October 8, 2013 | Hardcover

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Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated?

Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones.
 
You can change this.
 
Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson's four steps build strengths into your brain- balancing its ancient negativity bias-making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385347316

ISBN - 13: 9780385347310

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of Contentment, Calm, And Confidence

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of Contentment, Calm, And Confidence

by Rick Hanson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385347316

ISBN - 13: 9780385347310

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction xxv

Part One: Why
CHAPTER 1: Growing Good 3
CHAPTER 2: Velcro for the Bad 17
CHAPTER 3: Green Brain, Red Brain 32

Part Two: How
CHAPTER 4: HEAL Yourself 59
CHAPTER 5: Take Notice 76
CHAPTER 6: Creating Positive Experiences 91
CHAPTER 7: Brain Building 111 Hans_
CHAPTER 8: Flowers Pulling Weeds 125
CHAPTER 9: Good Uses 147
CHAPTER 10: 21 Jewels 172

Afterword 221
Reference Notes 225
Bibliography 247
Index 263

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Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated?

Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones.
 
You can change this.
 
Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson's four steps build strengths into your brain- balancing its ancient negativity bias-making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

About the Author

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring HappinessBuddha's BrainJust One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker 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 95,000 subscribers.

Editorial Reviews

"Rick Hanson is a master of his craft, showing us a wise path for daily living in this book. Based in the latest findings of neuroscience, this book reveals that if we understand the brain a little, we can take care of our lives a lot, and make a real difference to our well-being. Here is a book to savor, to practice, and to take to heart."              -- Mark Williams, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness     "The cultivation of happiness is one of the most important skills anyone can ever learn. Luckily, it’s not hard when we know the way to water and nourish these wholesome seeds, which are already there in our consciousness. This book offers simple, accessible, practical steps for touching the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright."              --Thich Nhat Hanh, author of  Being Peace  and  Understanding Our Mind     "In this remarkable book, one of the world''s leading authorities on mind training shows how to cultivate the helpful and good within us. In a beautifully written and accessible way, Rick Hanson offers us an inspiring gift of wise insights and compassionate and uplifting practices that will be of enormous benefit to all who read this book. A book of hope and joyfulness."              --Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., O.B.E., Professor, University of Derby, author
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