Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author and Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

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 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 Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence shows you how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better.

The book has been endorsed by Stephen Porges, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dan Siegel, Kristin Neff, Paul Gilbert, Harville Hendrix, Geneen Roth, Jack Kornfield, Sara Gottfried, Tara Brach, Bill O'Hanlon, Sharon Salzberg, and many others. (See all the endorsements here.)

Using this book, you can beat the brain's negativity bias, which is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. This bias evolved to help ancient animals survive, but today it makes us feel needlessly frazzled, worried, irritated, lonely, inadequate, and blue.

Instead, in just a few seconds at a time in the flow of daily life, you can turn your experiences - the pleasure in a cup of coffee, the accomplishment in finishing a tricky email, the warmth from a friend's smile - into lasting inner strengths built into your brain, such as resilience, balance, and positive emotions.

Grounded in neuroscience, Hardwiring Happiness is super practical, full of easy-to-use methods and guided practices to grow a steady well-being, self-worth, and inner peace. And it has special sections on children, motivation, relationships, trauma, and spiritual practice.

If you would like more information on Dr. Rick please check out the following links below:

Website - http://www.rickhanson.net/
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Being Well Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/being-well-podcast-dr.-rick/id1120885936?mt=2

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