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  • Are you exaggerating sticks while downplaying carrots? The Practice: Wake up to good news. Why? “Tell the truth.” It’s the foundation of science, ethics, and relationships. But we have a brain that evolved to tell lies to help us survive. As I’ve written before, over...

  • Parents profoundly influence the skills their children develop with getting what they want, the experiences and expectations they have around wanting, and the fundamental values and aims their children acquire. Skillful responses by parents to a child’s wants are the foundation of a lifetime of success and satisfaction with our wishes, hopes, and dreams.

  • On today’s special bonus episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson interviews Dr. Paul Gilbert, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Darby and the founder of compassion focused therapy. They explore how we can grow a healthy sense of self-worth, be honest...

  • One Minute for Good Practicing taking in a sense of protection, relaxation, pleasure, enthusiasm, self-compassion, feeling like a good person—and of course the hallmarks of the responsive brain: peace, contentment, and love, creates a foundational inner strength that I’ve seen change my own life and the...

  • Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online. In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and...

  • Dr. Hanson and Forrest talk about how we can avoid “second darts” – our negative reactions to the painful experiences of life that are often more harmful than those experiences themselves.

"Offers simple, accessible, practical steps for touching

the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright."

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Author of Being Peace and Understanding Our Mind

"A master of his craft."

-Mark Williams, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness

"Works practical magic, teaching you how to rewire your

brain for greater happiness, peace, and well-being."

-Jennifer Louden

Author of Women's Comfort Book

"One of the world's leading

authorities on mind training."

-Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., O.B.E.

Professor, University of Derby, author of The Compassionate Mind

"Makes the neuroscience of

happiness accessible and engaging."

-Marci Shimoff

Author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

"Brilliant at making complex

scientific information simple."

-Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Co-author with Helen LaKelly Hunt of Making Marriage Simple

"Not simplistic positive thinking, his synthesis

of the new science of the brain is realistic and practical."

-Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Author of The Hormone Cure

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