Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and ConfidenceHardback
- Publisher: HARMONY
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 28mm | 522g
- Publication date: 8 October 2013
- ISBN 10: 0385347316
- ISBN 13: 9780385347310
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 20,244
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.
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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times bestselling 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, 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 100,000 subscribers.
"Our brains are evolved to be highly focused on threats and setbacks and less focused on the good things in life. This has worked well as a survival process over millions of years but now can be a cause of suffering in all kinds of ways. In this remarkable book one of the world's leading authorities on mind training takes these insights and shows us ways we can cultivate the helpful and good within us. In a beautifully written and accessible way, with many personal anecdotes, 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., author of "The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges" "Always on the cutting edge, Rick Hanson is brilliant at making the neuroscience of happiness accessible, engaging, and practical. In "Hardwiring Happiness," he offers powerful, research-based practices to turn your everyday positive experiences into lasting changes in your brain that will transform your life. If you're looking for greater happiness, more fulfilling relationships, or greater peace of mind, this book is a treasure." --Marci Shimoff, author of "Happy for No Reason" and "Chicken Soup to the Woman's Soul" "I have learned more about positive psychology from Rick Hanson than from any other scientist. With "Hardwiring Happiness," he has done it again. He makes the compelling case that sustainable happiness requires neural rewiring in order for happiness to take hold in our lives. Hanson's explanation of the practical science of neuroplasticity is both accessible and fascinating. Read this book, take in the good, and change your brain so that you can become the person you were destined to be." --Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, "The Journal of Positive Psychology," author of "Gratitude Works!" and "Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier"
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