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Hardwiring Happiness

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Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
59 Minutes
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Oct 07, 2013
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Featuring Neuropsychologist, international speaker, and bestselling author of Buddha’s BrainJust One Thing, and newest book, Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson, Ph.D. 

Join Rick Hanson, for this hour discussion about his  book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.

The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. Positive experiences are the main source of the neural structures underlying motivation, self-worth, the executive functions, good mood, kindness, resilience, and other inner strengths. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It’s like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. To solve this problem, Rick Hanson will present the four simple HEAL steps of taking in the good, which turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources to build confidence, focus attention, lower anxiety, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the brain.



This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.



Rick Hanson, Ph.D.'s Profile

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 28 languages and include Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), Just One Thing (New Harbinger, 2011), Hardwiring Happiness (Harmony, 2016), Resilient (Harmony, 2018), Just One Thing Card Deck (PESI, 2018), and Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002). He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous online programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA and Google, and Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and over 140,000 people receive his free Just One Thing weekly newsletter.

He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Rick Hanson maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Rick Hanson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Mindfulness Research Association.


  1. Describe why the brain evolved a negativity bias
  2. Identify one key resource experience for each of the fundamental motivational systems of the brain. 
  3. Adapt the HEAL steps for clients who are children or have trauma. 


  • Evolution of the Three Fundamental Motivational Systems of the Brain
  • Responsive and Reactive Modes of Operation of the Brain
  • The Four HEAL Steps of Deliberately Internalizing Positive Experiences

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Teachers/Educators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      11

Total Reviews: 11


Thomas H

"Excellent. A favorite of mine."

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