Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain-and Your Life

Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain-and Your Life


By (author) Rick Hanson

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  • Publisher: Rider & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 24mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 8 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846043565
  • ISBN 13: 9781846043567
  • Sales rank: 14,774

Product description

Recent scientific breakthroughs have revealed that what we think and feel changes the brain. Dr Rick Hanson's Hardwiring Happiness is the first book to show how to transform the simple positive experiences of daily life into neural structures that promote lasting health, contentment, love and inner peace. To keep our ancestors alive, our brain evolved a 'negativity bias', which allows positive experiences to flow through it like water through a sieve. Yet positive experiences are the building blocks necessary for health, happiness and fulfilling relationships. Drawing on neuroscience and wisdom from the contemplative traditions, Hardwiring Happiness shows us how to overcome that negativity bias and get those good experiences into the brain where it can use them. Revolutionary yet profoundly practical, this important book offers us the tools we need to heal old wounds, increase our motivation, handle stress, develop our inner resources and, ultimately, transform our lives.

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Author information

Dr Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist whose books include the highly acclaimed Buddha's Brain and Just One Thing. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's taught at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and other leading universities, and in meditation centres worldwide. He is a frequent keynote speaker, and his work has been widely featured in the media, including the BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness, and O Magazine. See www.RickHanson.net for more information.

Review quote

"A book to savour, to practise and take to heart" -- Prof Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness "Simple, accessible, practical..." -- Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Peace is Every Breath "This book is as clear and inspired as it gets..." -- Ruby Wax, author of Sane New World: Taming The Mind "Teaches us life-affirming skills...Bravo!" -- Prof Daniel J. Siegel, author of Mindsight