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  • By celebrating and recognizing the little accomplishments in your day, you can create a greater sense of success and self-worth. Find out how well you’re doing recognizing your own successes, with this short quiz from my Foundations of Well-Being program: https://fwb.rickhanson.net/successquiz...

  • By learning to reduce the negative and foster the positive, you can start growing the good in your mind, and your life. Find out how skillful you are with your own mind, with this short quiz from my Foundations of Well-Being program: https://fwb.rickhanson.net/mastermindquiz...

  • By taking the time to smell the roses and find beauty and pleasure in the little things, you can enjoy life even when things get a little bumpy. Find out how much you enjoy life with this short quiz from my Foundations of Well-Being program:......

  • Being aware of reality and accepting it is one of the first steps toward letting go and finding lasting inner peace. Find out how accepting you are with this short quiz from my Foundations of Well-Being program: https://fwb.rickhanson.net/acceptancequiz...

  • Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online. In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and......

  • Even though it's scary, everyone longs to be seen, to be known. To have your hopes and fears acknowledged - the ones behind a polite smile or a frown of frustration. To have your true caring seen, as well as your positive intentions and natural goodness....

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the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright."

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Author of Being Peace and Understanding Our Mind

"A master of his craft."

-Mark Williams, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness

"Works practical magic, teaching you how to rewire your

brain for greater happiness, peace, and well-being."

-Jennifer Louden

Author of Women's Comfort Book

"One of the world's leading

authorities on mind training."

-Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., O.B.E.

Professor, University of Derby, author of The Compassionate Mind

"Makes the neuroscience of

happiness accessible and engaging."

-Marci Shimoff

Author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

"Brilliant at making complex

scientific information simple."

-Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Co-author with Helen LaKelly Hunt of Making Marriage Simple

"Not simplistic positive thinking, his synthesis

of the new science of the brain is realistic and practical."

-Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Author of The Hormone Cure


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