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Publisher's Summary

These days it’s hard to count on the world outside. So, it’s vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion - the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world.

True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going.

With his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times best-selling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop 12 vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity.

This practical guide is full of concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain. It includes effective ways to interact with others and to repair and deepen important relationships.

Warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth, Dr. Hanson’s step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He explains how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias, release painful thoughts and feelings, and replace them with self-compassion, self-worth, joy, and inner peace.

©2018 Forrest Hanson, Rick Hanson (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Rick and Forrest have laid out a simple, elegant matrix of powerful tools to grow that 'unshakable core of calm, strength, and happiness' that is the secret longing of every human heart. Speaking as both a psychologist and a fellow traveler, this is the most valuable, comprehensive book on human development that I’ve ever read." (Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind)

"Using practical methods at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice, Dr. Rick Hanson teaches us how we can develop durable psychological resources such as grit, gratitude, and compassion - and become resilient human beings in this modern, hectic world. If you're looking to create more calm, joy, and inner peace, this is the book for you." (Mark Hyman, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine)

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Chapter by Chapter: Everyone Will Have a Favorite

Under the title of 'resilience' this book includes insights on many related topics, including the currently popular one of mindfulness. Themes are well organised by chapter, making it easy for the reader to review what they find most relevant later. As a self-help book, the text strikes a nice balance between being too precise or overly verbose. I especially liked the summary of main points provided at the end of each chapter and the repeated emphasis on taking action. I also like the narrator's neutral tone of voice, sharing lots of advice without ever sounding too eager. A great resource to have in my library, something I can revisit at any time.

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Love this book!

I have been bragging to my friends about this book as it has changed my life and my way of thinking. The words are inspiring and come to mind when I am going through tough times. A definite read or listen ;) #Audible1

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enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed that it was narrated by one of the authors. lots of information that was a refresher but very well put. really enjoyed the quotes and the perspectives.

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Great Book

I enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to listening to it again. #Audible1

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  • Lyle Walter
  • 2018-03-30

This is Rick Hanson's BEST book yet!

I listened to the whole book in two days.

Somehow the author(s) has managed to synthesize all of his best teaching and put into the pages of this book.

Resilient, is my new favorite book by Rick Hanson.

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  • KG
  • 2018-05-04

Super good!

I really love this book! Lots of good advice, even you know all of this , its like a good smart friend who reminds you these things in your bad days! This book is something what i like to listen many many times more! Thank you Rick Hanson ❤️

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  • Avignon
  • 2018-08-06

How To Do Life - (Listen to this Gem)

Amazing book. I just finished and I am already reviewing my notes each day to keep it fresh in my thoughts. I’ve had a year of therapy due to life stresses and had learned a lot about mindfulness, meditation and wise speech. It probably primed me to be so receptive to this book, but anyone will get so much out of this. The author/narrator was incredible. His voice was calming and encouraging and energizing. Each morning on my walk, I looked forward to listening and learning as I took notes. Thank you, Rick Hanson for keeping me on track. Definitely a book to listen to again and again. Well worth the credit.

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  • Trinity
  • 2018-08-06

Being mentored by a loving old friend.

This book has made me have some A-ha moments and has shifted my perspective in a lot of ways! The narration feels kind and loving like the author has known me my whole life and wishes the best for me.

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  • Jay Mac
  • 2018-08-23

Powerful, soothing guide to equanimity

Rick helps center your mind and relieve your anxiety and stress. His HEAL steps required me to listen a few times as it takes practice to step through each phase of healing your mind. Fantastic pace and neighborly tone that makes listening enjoyable.

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  • janna
  • 2018-12-11

Another excellent book by Rick Hanson

I appreciate the author chose to read his own book. Rick has a wonderful balance between the very practical, the scientific, and being visibly human in his writing and presentation.

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  • Aneta Rusek
  • 2019-09-20

Dense with good points.

The book is full of pearls, to get them all one has to pay attention the whole time. I tend to drift away... the voice of the author made me drift away too, so relaxing, I could not stay focused.

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  • Irene
  • 2018-12-07

Nice organization

The book content is great but i most appreciate part of the book is the index. It is well organized with actual chapter title instead of just "chapter 1" like most audible books do.

Very helpful when relistening a particular chapter, thank you!

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  • Luis Alfonso Tenorio
  • 2019-06-08

excellent book

it is a great book. it helps you understand the elements influencing resilience and your life and how you can apply it in your own life.

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  • Patrick
  • 2019-05-20

a must listen !

have gone back and listen to it several times as well as recommended to family & friends

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