Rick Hanson

Visit Rick Hanson’s website at www.RickHanson.net

I am a psychologist and have written and taught about the essential inner skills of personal well-being, psychological growth, and contemplative practice – as well as about relationships, family life, and raising children.

I have a free weekly e-newsletter, Just One Thing, which offers a simple practice taking only a few minutes to help you feel greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

Check out my YouTube channel, where you’ll find talks, interviews, and guided experiential practices. And I have numerous audio programs available at Sounds True.

I began meditating in 1974 and have studied and practiced in several traditions. At the end of 2008, I completed a nine-year term on the Board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. A graduate of their Community Dharma Leader training program, I lead a weekly meditation group in San Rafael, California, and I’ve taught at major meditation centers around the world

My personal interests include rock-climbing, sailing, novels, travel – I lived one year in Finland and one in Germany – and having fun with family and friends. You can reach me through my administrator by using this form.

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Rick Hanson’s Mindfulness Meditations

As people internalize experiences of gratitude, they gradually become less greedy, less driven to prove themselves. Learn to hardwire your happiness.

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Rick Hanson talks about Me and We, Autonomy and Intimacy. Autonomy is the inner strength of independence. It supports Intimacy to be happy and feel connected.

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Rick Hanson talks about Intimacy, how our experiences in childhood can impact our relationships later in life and what people can do to work with those issues as adults.

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Rick Hanson talks about the topic Just One Thing. The basic idea is to focus on just one thing each week. Ultimately, it’s your choice to focus on either the negative ones or the positive ones.

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Rick Hanson talks about Self-compassion Practice. It is easy to feel compassion towards others than to yourself simply because we don’t feel much concerned.

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Rick Hanson talks about Being For Yourself. To learn how to do this, we apply the wisdom from Buddhism and lessons from modern psychology and neuroscience.

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Rick Hanson talks about Using the Mind to Change the Brain, how the experiences leave lasting residues behind in the brain for better or worse, and how we can use this to teach the brain to become calmer, stronger, and happier.

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Rick Hanson talks about Gratitude. It’s a sort of a catchword for gladness, satisfaction, and fulfillment. These feelings are the core of happiness.

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Rick Hanson talks about Befriending Yourself. This practice aims to cultivate the deep sense of being a friend to yourself. Firstly, take care of yourself.

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Rick Hanson talks about Building a Happier Brain. Happiness is more than a feel-good moment. It’s the foundation of physical health, longer lifespan, effectiveness at work, etc.

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