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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.

  • Ellie

    I’ve been trying to practice things that increase my feelings of belonging and acceptance, but have a few questions.

    1) I have a lot to work against. My childhood and young adulthood included a lot of rejection and very little displays of affection or approval. My current life lacks in the support I would like to have. I work on growing my self-acceptance, but at some point I feel like it isn’t enough to just build it on my own. I feel I need experiences to take in the good to address these deficiencies. But I don’t know where to find them.

    2) say my upbringing and feeling of rejection or not being accepted was the same, but my life was full of people who accepted me and outwardly showed love. I feel like that would create a dependency on external influences. From what I’ve read, it sound like you say that taking in the good from these experiences is enough to override the feeling of not belonging. Is this correct? If so, I really wish I had them.

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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