Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than to bask in the warmth of love? Rick Hanson, Ph.D., neuropsychologist and meditation teacher explains how our brains have been wired by nature to pay more attention to bad experiences, so that we can learn quickly from them. So unless we learn how to consciously dwell upon the good in our lives, the bad experiences predominate in our minds, leaving us with chronic worries, stress, and unhappiness.
Learning to see and acknowledge the myriad of good, positive experiences in our lives—small and large—makes them powerful allies in our search for greater happiness.
From the book jacket:
“Having a brain that is wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed, instead of confident, secure, and happy. Each day is filled with the opportunities to build inner strengths, but the brain is designed to ignore and waste them. This makes you come down harder on yourself than you do on other people, feel inadequate even when you get a hundred things done, and feel lonely even when support is all around you.
“Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed neuropsychologist and internationally best-selling author, shows us what we can do to offer} default programming. Hardwiring happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures that attract happiness, love, confidence, and peace.… In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into oases of calm.”
Praise for Hardwiring Happiness:
“Based on the latest findings of neuroscience, [Dr. Hanson’s] book reveals that if we understand the brain a little, we can take care of lives a lot, and make a real difference to our well-being.” –Mark Williams, PhD, professor, University of Oxford, and author of Mindfulness
“This book offers simple, accessible, practical steps for touching the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright.” —Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Being Peace
“This book works practical magic: it teaches you how, in a few seconds, to rewire your brain for greater happiness, peace, and well-being.” —Jennifer Louden, author of The Women’s Comfort Book
“Here’s what I love about this book: it’s practical, it’s based on science, and it’s full of wisdom. Best of all, it actually works.” —Geneen Roth, author of Lost and Found.
About the author:
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and an affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. He has been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard.
Hardcover, 269 pp.