My writings have been published in Psychotherapy Networker, Tricycle Magazine, New Beginnings (the magazine of the Le Leche League), and Inquiring Mind; in the Insight Journal, my latest article is Mind Changing Brain Changing Mind. I have a regular blog, Your Wise Brain, at Psychology Today & Huffington Post, and I also offer a free e-newsletter – Just One Thing – which presents a simple practice each week (that’s not in my book) that you can do a few minutes a day to help you feel greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

I’m a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and have been invited to speak at Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford universities. I really enjoy teaching continuing education courses for mental health professionals (e.g., taking in the good, self-directed neuroplasticity, natural happiness, being and doing, steadying the mind, equanimity, calming fear, the loving brain, relaxing the “self”). Some of these courses are available on DVD from CMI or FACES. I also have a YouTube channel where you’ll find lectures, interviews, and teachings.

I began meditating in 1974 and have studied and practiced in several traditions. At the end of 2008, I completed a nine-year term on the Board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. A graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program, I lead a weekly meditation group in San Rafael, California, and I’ve taught at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, New York Insight, the Sati Center, and other meditation centers.

My personal interests include rock-climbing, sailing novels, travel – I lived one year in Finland and one in Germany – and having fun with my family and friends. You can reach me through my administrator, Jenna Chandler, by filling out this form.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and 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. His work has been featured on BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 100,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

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