Take in the Good

posted on: January 27th, 2016

Rick Hanson

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 110,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

  • http://www.evamusby.co.uk Eva Musby

    I really like your last paragraph in number 2 (“You are not craving or clinging to positive experiences, since that would ultimately lead to tension and disappointment …your happiness and love will become more unconditional, based on an inner fullness rather than on whether the momentary facts in your life happen to be good ones.)
    When my child was ill I tried to apply Seligman’s research, and find several things to be grateful for at the end of each day. It was awful – it would just bring out self-pity because those wonderful things might be taken away from me any time. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) taught me to savour fundamental needs/core values, so I added this to the gratitude habit and really felt the benefit and continue to do so. I’m glad to see you confirm this and help make sense of it.

  • Jeannine Harris

    Dr. Hanson- I was diagnosed with uterine cancer in August 2015, had surgery to remove the tumor, all biopsies came back clear. I spent 3 weeks between the diagnosis and the final biopsy results in a roller coaster of fear “I have cancer!” And then bringing myself back to the moment. Now that the biopsy has returned clear, no further treatment needed, I am having difficulty “letting in the good” and relaxing into letting myself get well instead of living in fear. This article helped understand why this is so. Thank you, Jeannine

RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
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 are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, 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 NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, 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 114,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

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