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AboutRickHanson

With simple practices, you can hardwire more happiness, love, and wisdom into your brain and your life—Really!

Dr. Rick Hanson has spent decades gathering research, information, practices, and other resources to help people just like you turn everyday experiences into a powerful sense of lasting well-being.

On this website you will find tons of FREE resources that you can use to get started on your well-being journey, as well as information and links to more in-depth tools.

Tell me more about Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and neuroscientist
Tell me more about Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and neuroscientist
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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several 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 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.

ScienceofHappiness

For thousands of years, philosophers, poets, mystics, and ordinary people have wondered about human experience: What is the nature of, and what causes, all those sensations, thoughts, feelings, desires, and sense of “me?”

The modern sciences of psychology and neurology have been slowly but surely establishing a body of knowledge about the mind and its relationship to the brain and the body. This emerging “science of mind” is in its infancy, and a certain humility is called for.

That said, these are very exciting times, since enough information has emerged to begin connecting some of the major dots, shedding real light on questions like these:
How might the mind and brain be connected? When the mind changes, how does the brain change, and vice versa? What is happening in my mind/brain when I feel upset? What’s going on in the mind/brain when a person is having a meaningful insight? What is the neurology of consciousness? What are scientifically-validated methods for activating the brain states that support positive mental states?

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SelfHelpProgramsAndCourses

The Foundations of Well-Being is a step-by-step, online program that combines all of Rick’s powerful methods into one easy path – allowing you to change your life for the better, in as little as one hour per week.

Foundations of Well-Being Self-Help Program
SelfHelpScienceBooks
SelfHelpScienceBooks

You can purchase the New York Times best-selling book Hardwiring Happiness, as well as Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture, on Amazon.com or at your local bookstore. You can also check out the Buddha’s Brain mobile app.

Hardwiring Happiness: The Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha's Brain One Simple Practice at a Time
Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships
SelfHelpQuestions

You can find answers to a growing archive of questions on 20+ different topics on the FAQ page.

You can submit general inquiries using the form below. Please note that while Rick reads every message we receive, an individual reply to a personal question or concern is not possible.