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  • The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
  • Written by: Rick Hanson
  • Narrated by: Rick Hanson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Hardwiring Happiness

Written by: Rick Hanson
Narrated by: Rick Hanson
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Publisher's Summary

With New York Times best-selling author Dr. Hanson's four steps, you can counterbalance your brain's negativity bias and learn to hardwire happiness in only a few minutes each day. 

Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences and slowly from good ones, but you can change this. 

Life isn’t easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed, instead of confident, secure, and happy. But each day is filled with opportunities to build inner strengths, and Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed clinical psychologist, shows what you can do to override the brain’s default pessimism. 

Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. You’ll learn to see through the lies your brain tells you. 

Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain to make contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In just minutes a day, you can transform your brain into a refuge and power center of calm and happiness. 

©2013 Rick Hanson (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Rick Hanson is a master of his craft, showing us a wise path for daily living in this book. Based in the latest findings of neuroscience, this book reveals that if we understand the brain a little, we can take care of our lives a lot, and make a real difference to our well-being. Here is a book to savor, to practice, and to take to heart." (Mark Williams, PhD, Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness)

"The cultivation of happiness is one of the most important skills anyone can ever learn. Luckily, it’s not hard when we know the way to water and nourish these wholesome seeds, which are already there in our consciousness. 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 and Understanding Our Mind)

"In this remarkable book, one of the world's leading authorities on mind training shows how to cultivate the helpful and good within us. In a beautifully written and accessible way, Rick Hanson offers us an inspiring gift of wise insights and compassionate and uplifting practices that will be of enormous benefit to all who read this book. A book of hope and joyfulness." (Paul Gilbert, PhD, OBE, Professor, University of Derby, author of The Compassionate Mind)

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May change your life for the better!!! What it took me 30 years to find my own. I wish I read it sooner!!!

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fine but too saccharine

The material is probably best accessed with a notebook, and his MisterRogers tone was distracting.

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Excellent!

Great book! Excellent narration! I really enjoyed all of the practical exercises that were included. It’s great to have them through Audible so that I can go back and play them as a guided meditation. A really wonderful book full of applicable techniques. Highly recommend!

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Warning: positive psychology

I was assigned to read this by my psychologist, even after telling her I wanted nothing to do with positive psychology. So of course she prescribes me a book by someone very much all about that. Eyeroll.

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