Just One Thing
“Just One Thing” is the free e-newsletter that suggests a simple practice each week that will bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.
These practices are grounded in brain science, positive psychology, and contemplative training. They’re simple and easy to do – and they produce powerful results. For example, one practice asks you to take a few minutes each day to notice little things you appreciate or feel grateful for, like the smell of an orange, the smile of a friend, or a sense of your own sincerity and good intentions. This may not sound like much, but research has shown that this practice will lift your mood, protect you against stress, and even strengthen your immune system.
We are so busy these days that it’s great to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. These are private practices: no one needs to know you are doing them. Meanwhile, you’ll be gradually strengthening your neural pathways of happiness, love, and wisdom.
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My book, Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time is adapted from this newsletter. In the book, I present 52 of my favorite practices – simple actions inside your mind – to light up the neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. And because “neurons that fire together, wire together,” each time you do a practice, it strengthens key neural circuits like building a muscle in the gym.
Each practice is grounded in modern neuroscience, positive psychology, my background in the very real world of business and raising a family. Each bite-size chapter introduces a new practice, explains why it’s important, and shows you how to do it.
If you’re interested in the book which is the basis for Just One Thing, check out Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. And if you want to turbocharge your learning – positive changes in the structure and function of your own brain – from any practice, I recommend my latest book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.
It’s the law of little things: a small thing repeated each day adds up over time to produce big results. A small thing that is in your power to do – in a world in which so many things are not. Just one thing that could change your life. (You can view an archive of past JOTs here.)