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See through the lies your brain tells you

Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of feeling loved? Your brain was wired in such a way when it evolved, primed to learn quickly from bad experiences, but not so much from the good ones. It’s an ancient survival mechanism that turned the brain into Velcro for the negative, but Teflon for the positive.

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  • “Always on the cutting edge, Rick Hanson is brilliant at making the neuroscience of happiness accessible, engaging, and practical.  In Hardwiring Happiness, he offers powerful, research-based practices to turn your everyday positive experiences into lasting changes in your brain that will transform your life.  If you’re looking for greater happiness, more fulfilling relationships, or greater peace of mind, this book is a treasure.”

    Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason 

  • “One need only believe in the possibility of change for this book to be of great benefit. With current neuroscience to back him up, Rick Hanson has given us an incredible gift. The practices within this book don’t take much time at all yet have the potential to yield true and lasting change.”

    Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness

  • “In a beautifully written and accessible way, with many personal anecdotes, Rick Hanson offers us an inspiring gift of wise insights and compassionate and uplifting practices that will be of enormous benefit to all who read this book. A book of hope and joyfulness.”

    Paul Gilbert, PhD, author of The Compassionate Mind

  • “Read this book, take in the good, and change your brain so that you can become the person you were destined to be.”

    Robert A. Emmons, PhD, author of Gratitude Works! 

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About the Author
Author Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist whose books include the highly acclaimed Buddha’s Brain and Just One Thing. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s taught at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other leading universities. He is a frequent keynote speaker, and his work has been widely featured in the media, including the BBC, NPR, Fox Business, and O Magazine.