Train Your Brain to Beat the Blues; Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson Visits Seattle

Preliminary study with UC Berkeley finds lifetime 'Hardwiring Happiness' possible.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 07, 2013

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson made a name for himself with his first book, 'Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom' translated into 24 languages. His work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Consumer Reports Health, and U.S. News and World Report, and his articles have appeared in Tricycle Magazine, Insight Journal, and Inquiring Mind. His weekly blog also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.

In his new book Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (Random House, Oct 2013) he illustrates how taking just a few extra seconds to stay with a positive experience - from the pleasure of a deep breath to a sense of calm, satisfaction, and love - can turn good moments into a great brain, full of strength, health, and happiness.

That’s what it means to "take in the good" - a phrase Hanson uses to describe the deliberate internalization of positive experience into implicit memory. This method, based on self-directed neuroplasticity resets the brain to its natural resting state, which refuels and repairs the body, makes us feel peaceful, happy, and loved, and helps us act with confidence and compassion. This deceptively simple practice is at the center of Dr. Hanson's "Taking in the Good Course."

In a recent study with collaborators from the University of California, preliminary findings indicate that people who took the course experienced significantly less anxiety and depression, and significantly greater self-control, savoring, love, gratitude, compassion, contentment, joy, self-compassion, and happiness.

'Hardwiring Happiness' has been endorsed Thich Nhat Hanh, Sara Gottfried, Stephen Porges, Dan Siegel, Kristen Neff, Paul Gilbert, Harville Hendrix, Geneen Roth, Sharon Salzberg and many, many others.

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