Gift Yourself

posted on: May 11th, 2012

Rick Hanson

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.

  • mjparent

    I am realizing more often that I am a person. That I could acknowledge me, that person, more as she goes along her life doing her best. That’s bringing a sense of more love to myself. And yes today I gifted my self, for it’s my birthday and I cooked my best cookie recipe just to enjoy a great moment, doing and savoring the gift. Thank you for your great work Mr Hanson. You are a gift to me.

  • CnC

    That was such an effective practice. and an effective presentation. many thanks

  • http://www.heartcenteredhealing.org flowingchi

    Even though I am a good friend to myself, I clearly saw I had a blind side to the befriending model.

    I just loved the practice of increased awareness of gifting myself during the day. Making it a concious practice rather than haphazard. What a beautiful practice and one in which I previously may have thought “selfish”!!!!!! Thank you This work is very important and you are a very effective communicator. Metta

  • Toni

    I am generally outward oriented and often don’t realize I’m overdoing it until I reach the point of exhaustion. I’m learning that I don’t have to respond to every opportunity or call for my attention, but rather, that I can pick and choose where and how I spend my precious time. Thank you for this article. It’s inspiring me to spend some time with myself today – a walk with my dog, a bubble bath, a lie down in the afternoon with a good book. Aaahhh!

    • Marki

      Toni, your response really hits the spot for me. That sense of choice about whether or not to respond to a request for my attention is a growing edge that is so fulfilling when I remember it. I really like the sense in this practice of small momentary gifts of spaciousness or skillful responses throughout the day.

  • Marg

    Dear Rick, you have a good communication style, it makes me want to learn. This course is very timely and greatly appreciated. thank you.

  • Plumtree

    Today I practiced gifting myself. Wow it sure felt good. I was skeptical because I Wasn’t sure I would be comfortable with choosing gifts that are good for me but that I would never think of as gifts, and may find hard to do. Like taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon. Thank you

  • Deborah Dilts

    I love how simple, accessible and thus doable this approach is. With just a little practice, I can already feel the muscle of aligning with myself growing. Many thanks, Rick, for putting this together!

  • http://www.beverlyscreativecounselingsolutions.com Beverly

    I am consciously choosing to do something fun instead of acting from urgency or obligation. Result? I feel happy more of the time and I am having more genuine feelings of concern and kindness toward others too! I am enjoying teaching this concept to my clients and watching their delight when they try it!

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, his free Just One Thing newsletter has 100,000 subscribers, and his yearlong program on positive neuroplasticity - the Foundations of Well-Being - is now available as an eCourse.

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