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 PhD


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With New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Hanson's four steps, you can counterbalance your brain's negativity bias and learn to hardwire happiness in only a few minutes each day. 

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 and slowly from good ones, but you can change this.
Life isn’t easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed, instead of confident, secure, and happy. But each day is filled with opportunities to build inner strengths and Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed clinical psychologist, shows what you can do to override the brain’s default pessimism.
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. You’ll learn to see through the lies your brain tells you. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain to make contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In just minutes a day, you can transform your brain into a refuge and power center of calm and happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385347334
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 39,265
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

RICK HANSON, PH.D., is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times bestselling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture, and are available in 26 languages. 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 100,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

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Table of 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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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Look at Cognitive Negativity Rooted in Prehistoric Thought Hardwiring Happiness provides insight on how we can better understand the human brain to ultimately improve our overall wellbeing. Hanson distills the art of achieving lasting happiness in his deceptively simple four-step plan (HEAL). This book is an uplifting guide to self-improvement that focuses on positive thinking as a way to break away from our prehistoric tendency toward a negative bias. Hanson’s prose makes the technical subject of contemplative practices highly accessible, and the exercises are fast, fun, and results oriented. Hardwiring Happiness explains one perspective on the elusive nature of happiness; however, this book at times takes on a tone that is a bit too magical or new age to appeal to my taste. I would have also liked to see far more research cited throughout. I declare this a good book but not without its flaws. I have no doubt it will change people’s lives, but then again, everyone is different. One great self-help book that I highly recommend  is Presnall's Search for Serenity and How to Achieve it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a therapist before it was published. I preordered it for my Nook, and then waited months for it. I had to read this book slowly to digest it. I originally bought it for my Nook, then bought it in hard cover for ease of referring back to and marking up. I even bought some extra copies to give to family members who are also struggling with unhappiness and anxiety. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would've been 5 stars but last sections just repeat over and over
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creon i have been at the doctor because......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Niether do i.