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Developing a “Buddha Brain” Through Gratitude

posted on: March 19th, 2014
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Speaking of gratitude, you may enjoy this inspiring talk exploring the dimensions and benefits of both gratitude and generosity.

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: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, his work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has 100,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

  • Kathy Holzapfel

    Sometimes the word “practice” makes me feel it has to be a formal ritual, that I might not have time for in a moment. But your comment about practicing gratitude “on the fly” reminds me that I can perform/fling out tiny acts of gratitude spontaneously.

    One way that I practice gratitude daily, is in my conscious tweeting about good stuff/great blogs I read in the morning. :)

  • Laurence Woods

    I practice gratitude in the exact way you describe. Choosing to focus on the small, simple things like smiling and saying hello to folks I pass on the street. It is truly amazing how good it feels to smile and it usually elicits the same from others. Thank you for explaining this so perfectly. Late last year I underwent brain surgery to correct seizures. Since then gratitude has taken over my life in the most wonderful way. You have just explained everything in such an amazing way.

  • Julian Goetz

    I start with whatever I’m thinking about at the time. Even if it’s painful, it still means you are alive and capable of loving the world, which is always beautiful to me. And other times, I just watch this video over and over: https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude

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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