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Hardwiring Happiness

The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Crown
 | 
January, 2015
ISBN:
9780385347334
In stock now: 
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$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of feeling loved? Your brain was wired in such a way when it evolved, primed to learn quickly from bad experiences, but not so much from the good ones. It’s an ancient survival mechanism that turned the brain into Velcro for the negative, but Teflon for the positive.

Being brain-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 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 others, feel inadequate even when you get a hundred things done, and feel lonely even when support is all around.

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson here 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. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build a brain strong enough to withstand its ancient negativity bias, allowing contentment and a sense of well-being to become the new normal. We can hardwire in happiness.

Your brain has separate systems for liking and wanting. Consequently, it is possible to like something without wanting it. If you let yourself have positive experiences without trying to hold on to them, you’ll enjoy them more and won’t get carried away by the drivenness and pressure of wanting them.


Noticing good experiences gives you many opportunities to take in the good each day. Even noticing your own awareness is an opportunity for a good experience, since awareness is inherently peaceful and never tainted or harmed by what passes through it.

"Learning to take in the good is like fully and mindfully breathing in life…it allows us to access our inner strengths, creativity, vitality and love… Hanson gives us the fascinating science behind attending to positive experiences, and offers powerful and doable ways to awaken the deep and lasting wellbeing we yearn for." —Tara Brach, author of True Refuge

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and is also the author of Buddha's Brain and Just One Thing as well as several audio programs.

Publisher’s Description: 

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 but slowly from the good ones.

You can change this.

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. Dr. Hansons four steps build strengths into your brain balancing its ancient negativity biasmaking contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

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