Hardwiring Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness

The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

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.

The book also covers managing the Stone Age brain for life in the 21st century. It tells you how to take in experiences of your core needs being met, so that you gradually leave the “red zone” of fight-flight-freeze stress and get centered in the brain’s “green zone” in which you feel an ongoing ease, fulfillment, and love – even while you deal with life’s challenges.

The process of taking in the good through the four HEAL steps is at the center of Rick 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. To view the public summary of the study, go to http://www.rickhanson.net/tgc-public-summary.

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Praise for Hardwiring Happiness

Rick Hanson is a master of his craft, showing us a wise path for daily living in this book. Based in the latest findings of neuroscience, this book reveals that if we understand the brain a little, we can take care of our lives a lot, and make a real difference to our well-being. Here is a book to savor, to practice, and to take to heart.
Mark Williams, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness

The cultivation of happiness is one of the most important skills anyone can ever learn. Luckily, it’s not hard when we know the way to water and nourish these wholesome seeds, which are already there in our consciousness. This book offers simple, accessible, practical steps for touching the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright.
Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Being Peace and Understanding Our Mind

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Rick Hanson is a master of his craft, showing us a wise path for daily living in this book. Based in the latest findings of neuroscience, this book reveals that if we understand the brain a little, we can take care of our lives a lot, and make a real difference to our well-being. Here is a book to savor, to practice, and to take to heart.
Mark Williams, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness

The cultivation of happiness is one of the most important skills anyone can ever learn. Luckily, it’s not hard when we know the way to water and nourish these wholesome seeds, which are already there in our consciousness. This book offers simple, accessible, practical steps for touching the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright.
Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Being Peace and Understanding Our Mind

In this remarkable book, one of the world’s leading authorities on mind training shows how to cultivate the helpful and good within us. In a beautifully written and accessible way, 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, Ph.D., O.B.E., Professor, University of Derby, author of The Compassionate Mind

Rick Hanson’s new book works practical magic: it teaches you how, in a few seconds, to rewire your brain for greater happiness, peace, and well-being. This is truly a book I wish every human being could read – it’s that important. I hope we’ll soon be saying to each other, in meetings, over coffee, in crowded subway cars: “Take in the good?”
Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book

I have learned more about positive psychology from Rick Hanson than from any other scientist. 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, Ph.D., Professor, University of California at Davis, Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Positive Psychology, author of Gratitude Works! and Thanks!

Hardwiring Happiness provides the reader with a user friendly toolkit to expand feelings of happiness and to functionally erase the profound consequences of negative memories and experiences.
Stephen Porges, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, author of The Polyvagal Theory

Learning to take in the good is like fully and mindfully breathing in life: it allows us to access our inner strengths, creativity, vitality and love. In his brilliant new book, Rick Hanson gives us the fascinating science behind attending to positive experiences, and offers powerful and doable ways to awaken the deep and lasting wellbeing we yearn for.
Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Hardwiring Happiness teaches us the life-affirming skills of inverting our evolutionary bias to hold on to the negative in our lives and instead soak in and savor the positive. What better gift can we give our selves or our loved ones than an effective strategy to increase joy through brain-based steps that are both accessible and pleasurable? Bravo!
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, author of MindsightThe Mindful Brain, and Brainstorm

Truly helpful and wise, this book nourishes your practical goodness and feeds the vitality of your human spirit. Following these practices will transform your life.
Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of A Path With Heart

Dr. Hanson has laid out an amazingly clear, easy, and practical pathway to happiness.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, author of Self-Compassion

Rick Hanson is brilliant at making complex scientific information about the brain simple. For anyone wanting to decode the black box of the brain and take advantage of its potential, this is the book to read.
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., co-author with Helen LaKelly Hunt of Making Marriage Simple

I happened to be reading Hardwiring Happiness while my mother was dying in hospice. Following the instructions in the book, there was a healing that transformed my experience of my mother’s dying. This was the right book for the right moment, and I am deeply grateful for it.
Gordon Peerman, D. Min., Episcopal priest and psychotherapist, author of Blessed Relief

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, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

Dr. Hanson offers a remarkably simple, yet transformative, approach to cultivating happiness. He provides clear instructions for bringing these insights into challenging areas such as parenting, procrastination, healing trauma, and transforming relationships. This book is a gift, one you will want to read over and over and share with your friends.
Christopher Germer, Ph.D., Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, author, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, co-editor, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Seamlessly weaving together insights from modern neuroscience, positive psychology, evolutionary biology, and years of clinical practice, Dr. Hanson provides a wealth of practical tools anyone can use to feel less anxious, frustrated, and distressed in everyday life. With humor, warmth, and humility, this book combines new research and ancient wisdom to give us easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to live richer, happier, and more loving lives.
Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School, and author, The Mindfulness Solution

Rather than offering simplistic positive thinking, Dr. Hanson’s synthesis of the new science of the brain is realistic and practical. Stop needless suffering, take in the good with his HEAL formula, calm down and green your brain, and flip the switch. We all need Hardwiring Happiness as a wise, daily practice.
Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure

Dr. Hanson shows us, in compelling prose sprinkled with humor, how we can learn to “re-wire” our brain, so that we can respond to the world in a receptive mode, one resting in peace, contentment, and love. I can’t imagine a better prescription for our troubled world!
Robert D. Truog, MD, Professor of Medical Ethics, Anesthesiology, and Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Ethics, Harvard Medical School

Always on the cutting edge, Rick Hanson is brilliant at making the neuroscience of happiness accessible, engaging, and practical.  If you’re looking for greater happiness, more fulfilling relationships, or greater peace of mind, this book is a treasure.
Marci Shimoff, author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

In a lively and lovely voice, Rick Hanson offers an inspiring, easily accessible guidebook to living happily.
– Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., author of Happiness Is An Inside Job

Why should you read this over any other happiness or mindfulness book? Because the prose, stories, and concrete strategies are beautiful, lucid, and most importantly, they work. I cannot remember the last time a book brought me peace of mind as quickly and effectively.
Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, George Mason University, author of Curious?

Carefully explaining both the neurobiology and practice of happiness Dr. Hanson writes simply enough that anyone can use this book as a primary resource to bring more joy and less stress into their lives.
Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., Director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects, author of Forgive for Good

Just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a life filled with joy and contentment is created “a dozen seconds at a time,” as Rick Hanson shows us in this game-changing book. Hardwiring Happiness is an essential guide to finding peace and joy in our busy modern world–happiness that is not dependent on external or material conditions, but that is an essential part of who we are, no matter where we are or what we have. I can’t stop thinking about the implications of this book.
Christine Carter, Ph.D., former Director of the Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley, author of Raising Happiness

Dr. Hanson provides an exceptionally clear and compelling explanation as to why we tend to focus on what’s wrong far more than what’s right. If you want to shape your own brain for the better and make feeling good a reflex, get this book and absorb its wisdom!
Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., author of Mindfulness and Hypnosis and Depression is Contagious

This deeply intelligent, beautifully written book weaves current neuroscience together with ancient and contemporary wisdom, and then translates these brilliantly into deceptively simple yet highly effective practices that really make a big difference – I know because I’ve done them.
Anat Baniel, author of Move Into Life and Kids Beyond Limits

Hardwiring Happiness demonstrates powerfully how a series of small steps brings about big changes.
Phillip Moffitt, author of Emotional Chaos to Clarity and Dancing with Life

The author weaves together the rigor of science, the beauty of art, the wisdom of reflection, and decades of clinical experience to offer us one of the most exceptional books on how to cultivate greater happiness and well being in our lives.
Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D., professor, Santa Clara University, co-author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness

In Hardwiring Happiness, Dr. Rick Hanson has given us an instruction manual for creating new brain patterns. This ability, once mastered, can change your life. And he does it all with a gentle humor and kindness that shines throughout the book.
Bill O’Hanlon, Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, author of The Change Your Life Book and Do One Thing Different

This book is a gem. I recommend keeping it on your bedside table and making it the first thing you read each day.
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., President, Institute of Noetic Sciences, coauthor of Living Deeply

Dr. Hanson clearly and elegantly teaches practices and perspectives that change our lives by changing our brains. If you want a primer for true happiness, this is it.
Andrew Dreitcer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Claremont Lincoln University, coauthor of Beyond the Ordinary

In this book, the insights of neuroscience become clear, practical, and profoundly transformative. Rick Hanson is the one expert in this realm that I’ve come to trust completely, and following his guidance is “taking in the good” indeed.
Raphael Cushnir, author of The One Thing Holding You Back

Hardwiring Happiness is a masterful wow, guiding readers to skillfully take charge of rewiring their brains.  The benefits will be immediate, the well-being long-lasting, and the process life-changing.
Linda Graham, MFT, author of Bouncing Back

With the compassion and gentleness of a good friend and the rigor and precision of an engineer, Rick Hanson gives you the key takeaways from neuroscience that will enable you rewire your brain for a more joyful life.
Terry Patten, author of Integral Life Practice

I can’t help but fall in love with this book, it is so powerful in its elegant simplicity. Hardwiring Happiness opens us up to the small choices that are all around us to live a happy, fulfilled and resilient life.
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., author of The Now Effect and A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Unique in the growing field of neuroscience, Rick Hanson not only explains how the brain works, he gives us the tools to fix it. This book is a toolbox for transformation.
Wes Nisker, author of Buddha’s Nature

Rick Hanson takes the technical and complicated and makes it simple, even ordinary. In Hardwiring Happiness, he has created an accessible, practical, and user-friendly guide that will help readers enhance their sense of well-being while also interrupting their habitual patterns of suffering.
Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D., Professor, Naropa University, author of Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials (coming from W.W. Norton in 2014)

In this beautifully written book, Dr. Hanson walks us through the principles and practices that lead to transformation. He has an uncanny capacity to find the gems in dry, complex scientific research and combine them with his wisdom, wit, knowledge, and compassion. In Hardwiring Happiness, this results in profound, life changing lessons for us all.
Daniel Ellenberg, Ph.D., co-author of Lovers For Life

A fascinating exploration of the new science of happiness and how we can learn to shape our own brains.
Roman Krznaric, Ph.D., author of The Wonderbox

Hardwiring Happiness is a clear, easy-to-understand, fun and profound roadmap to genuine happiness. If you do the practices, they can change your life. Take in all the good this terrific book has to offer.
James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy

An awesome set of instructions for upgrading the mental operating system!
Vincent Horn, founder of Buddhist Geeks

This book not only explains how to develop  essential qualities of  peace, satisfaction and connection – but also a sense of hopefulness that we can radically affect our reality and our well being.
Mark Coleman, author of Awake in the Wild

Hardwiring Happiness is fantastic–offering us an evolutionary perspective on our brain’s built-in negativity bias, and then giving us practical tools for dealing with it. Brilliant.
Brian Johnson, CEO of en*theos

Here’s what I love about Rick Hanson’s book: it’s practical, it’s based on science, and it’s full of wisdom. Best of all, it actually works.
Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God and Lost and Found

Contents

Publisher’s Note

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: Why

Chapter 1:  Growing Good

Chapter 2:  Velcro for the Bad

Chapter 3:  Green Brain, Red Brain

Part Two: How

Chapter 4:  HEAL Yourself

Chapter 5:  Take Notice

Chapter 6:  Creating Positive Experiences

Chapter 7:  Brain Building

Chapter 8:  Flowers Pulling Weeds

Chapter 9:  Good Uses

Chapter 10: 21 Jewels

Afterword

Reference Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Hardwiring Happiness 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” via 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 Rick Hanson’s “Taking in the Good course.” In a study with collaborators from the University of California, preliminary findings (see below) 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.

Research for Hardwiring Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness was extensively researched and contains 203 reference notes and 187 bibliography entries. You can view the citations here.

Preliminary Findings on the Taking in the Good Course

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

[For more information, contact Michelle Keane: michelle@rickhanson.net. To be notified when this course is available to the public, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.]

Overview
The Taking in the Good Course – six, 3-hour classes combining presentations, experiential activities, and written materials – teaches participants how to turn passing experiences into lasting inner strengths. The preliminary (not yet peer-reviewed) findings in a recent study conducted in collaboration with faculty from UC Berkeley and UC Davis indicate that people who completed the Taking in the Good Course experienced significantly less anxiety and depression, and significantly greater self-control, savoring, compassion, love, contentment, joy, gratitude, self-compassion, and overall happiness.

Introduction
Resilience, positive emotions, compassion, gratitude, and other inner strengths lower stress, grow well-being and effectiveness, and heal anxiety and depression. Like any other mental capability, inner strengths are supported by structures in the brain. So, how can a person develop the neural networks that support inner strengths?

Through what’s called “experience-dependent neuroplasticity,” the main way to develop inner strengths is to have experiences of them; repeated feelings of gratitude make a person more grateful. As neuroscientists might say, positive neural traits are built from positive mental states.

But here’s the problem: the brain is bad at learning from good experiences but good at learning from bad ones. In a scientific paper famously titled Bad Is Stronger Than Good, Roy Baumeister and colleagues listed many ways that the human brain has a “negativity bias.” We continually look for negative information, over-react to it, and then quickly store these reactions in brain structure. For example, we learn faster from pain than from pleasure, and negative interactions have more impact on a relationship than positive ones. In effect, our brain is like Velcro for the bad but Teflon for the good. (See Further Reading below for more information.)

This suggests that many of the positive experiences we have in everyday life or in formal trainings are not converted into neural structure: they feel good in the moment but have little lasting value. This negativity bias kept our ancestors alive in tough conditions, but now it’s a “bug” in the Stone Age brain in the 21st century: a bottleneck that blocks good experiences from becoming inner strengths built into neural structure.

The Taking in the Good Course
To address this problem, Dr. Rick Hanson developed the Taking in the Good Course (TGC): six 3-hour classes that combine experiential exercises, presentations, discussion, home practice, and readings. Participants learn how to turn passing experiences into lasting inner strengths through the four step HEAL process: Have a positive experience, Enrich it, Absorb it, and (optional) Link the positive experience to negative material in order to soothe and even replace it. They apply these skills to positive experiences in everyday life, using one or two dozen seconds to take in a moment of relaxation, a sense of accomplishment in finishing a task, or the warmth in a friend’s smile.

During the course, participants “take in the good” (TG) to develop greater overall well-being, as well as to internalize the key resource experiences that address personal issues of stress, anxiety, irritation, frustration, loss, blue mood, loneliness, hurt, or inadequacy. The course aims at three kinds of benefits: (1) growing specific inner strengths; (2) developing the qualities implicit in TG (e.g., kindness toward oneself), and (3) increasingly sensitizing the brain to positive experiences.

Research Findings on the Course
In a pilot study, a battery of psychological tests was administered before and after the course the first two times it was offered (see List of Tests below.) After taking the course, people reported significantly:

• Less anxiety and depression

• More savoring and enjoyment of life, and more gratitude

• Greater mindfulness and better self-control

• More love and self-compassion, and higher self-esteem

• More positive emotions and fewer negative ones

• Greater overall happiness and satisfaction with life

Then, in a formal study, we systematically evaluated the effects of the Taking in the Good course by randomly assigning participants either to the course in the spring of 2013 or to a wait-list to take the course in the summer of 2013. Two months after completing the course, participants had significantly more positive emotions, including joy, contentment, and amusement, as well as significantly greater gratitude, self-compassion, savoring, and satisfaction with life compared to those who had not yet taken it. (Please see the graph just below.)

SatisfactionWithLife

People on the wait-list then took the course in the summer of 2013. In the next step in our analyses, we combined participants from the spring and summer groups, and then compared their scores on the battery of tests before and after completing the course. (We also assessed the stress hormone, cortisol, but found no significant results.) Consistent with the results of the pilot study, after taking the course, people reported significantly:

• Less anxiety and depression

• More able to manage emotions

• More joy, contentment, and other positive emotions

• More love and compassion

• More gratitude

• More self-compassion

• More savoring

• Greater overall happiness

Conclusion
It is possible to teach people how to make good stronger than bad.

Acknowledgements
The investigators in this study included Rick Hanson, Ph.D. (The Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom), Janelle M. Caponigro, M.A. (UC Berkeley), Michael R. Hagerty, Ph.D. (UC Davis), and Ann Kring, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley). Financial support was provided by the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.

Further Reading
Baumeister, R. F., Bratslavsky, E., Finkenauer, C., & Vohs, K., D. (2001). Bad is stronger than good. Review of General Psychology, 5(4), 323-370. doi: 10.1037//1089-2680.5.4.323

Rozin, P., & Royzman, E. B. (2001). Negativity bias, negativity dominance, and contagion. Personality and Social Psychological Review, 5(4), 296-320.

Hanson, R. (2013). Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. New York: Harmony Books.

List of Tests

Pilot Study
Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS; Watson, 1988)

Savoring Beliefs Inventory (SBI; Bryant, 2003)

Mindfulness and Attention Scale (MAAS; Brown & Ryan, 2003)

Self-Compassion Scale – Short (SCS; Raes, 2011)

Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross, & John, 2003)

Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6; McCullough et al., 2002)

Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES; Rosenberg, 1965)

Personal Growth Initiative Scale (PGIS; Robitscheck, 2009)

Satisfaction With Life Scale (Diener, 1985)

NEO Five-Factor Inventory – Openness Subscale (Costa & McCrae, 1989)

Positive Rumination Scale (Feldman et al., 2008)

Event Reaction Questionnaire (Higgins et al., 2001)

Dispositional Positive Emotion Scales (Shiota et al., 2006)

Psychological Well-Being Scales, select subscales (Ryff, 1998)

Subject Happiness Scale (Lyubomirsky, 1999)

Beck Anxiety Inventory (1993)

Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, 1996).

Formal Study
Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS; Watson, 1988)

Savoring Beliefs Inventory (SBI; Bryant, 2003)

Mindfulness and Attention Scale (MAAS; Brown & Ryan, 2003)

Self-Compassion Scale – Short (SCS; Raes, 2011)

Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross, & John, 2003)

Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6; McCullough et al., 2002)

Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES; Rosenberg, 1965)

Satisfaction With Life Scale (Diener, 1985)

Positive Rumination Scale (Feldman et al., 2008)

Dispositional Positive Emotion Scales (Shiota et al., 2006)

Subject Happiness Scale (Lyubomirsky, 1999)

Beck Anxiety Inventory (1993)

Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, 1996)

Salivary cortisol was assessed through Genova Diagnostics.


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RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has 100,000 subscribers.

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