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

Hardwiring Happiness

Recent scientific breakthroughs have revealed that what we think and feel changes the brain. Dr Rick Hanson’s Hardwiring Happiness is the first book to show how to transform the simple positive experiences of daily life into neural structures that promote lasting health, contentment, love and inner peace…


Just One Thing

Each day we are pushed around by external forces – from the economy to the people we live and work with – and by reactions to these that come from ancient circuits inside our own brains. But now, with the power of modern neuroscience, we can take charge of the brain and gradually change it for the better…


Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Buddha’s Brain

Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and other great teachers were all born with a brain built essentially like anyone else’s. Then they used their minds to change their brains in ways that changed history. With the new breakthroughs in neuroscience, combined with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too…


Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships

Mother Nurture

Mothers today juggle more tasks, work longer hours, and sleep less than their own mothers did. Yet the self-healing revolution has overlooked the most significant issue in the lives of some twenty million women: how to cope with the relentless, sometimes overwhelming, stresses of raising young children in the twenty-first century…


Reading Guides

These guides have been developed for book clubs and special interest groups to guide readers through the major concepts and supporting details of the texts in books by Rick Hanson.


Other Writings

Just One Thing Free Newsletter

“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…


Wise Brain Bulletin

This bimonthly (6 times a year) publication by the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom is edited by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and offers skillful means – from psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice – for personal well-being, relationships, work, and spiritual development. Each issue contains major articles as well as lots of nuggets about the brain…



These writings offer interesting information and practical tools for psychological well-being and — if you like — for spiritual growth. Your are welcome to read them onscreen, save them as a PDF, and share them with others. You can use them in classes you teach or post them to your own website…


Foreign Languages

Thanks to the efforts of some very generous people, some of my materials have been translated to languages other than English…


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