With New York Times bestselling 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Why does happiness sometimes feel so elusive? Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson has an intriguing answer. In this fun and readable guide, he argues that our brains are programmed to receive negative messages more clearly than positive ones, since this was once critical to our survival. But there’s good news about that programming—it’s hackable. Hanson outlines an easy-to-follow, four-step strategy for shifting our cave-person mindset for modern times. We learned how to dig through our happiest memories and uncover what makes them so special and enjoyed following Hanson’s valuable exercises for cultivating mindfulness and patience. Hansen’s unflappable narration is as conversational and calming as a meditation app, even when he’s backing up his claims with hard neurological data. Hardwiring Happiness uplifted our mood even before we’d reached the last page.
Lots of helpful content but slightly repetitive. I would recommend getting the book version over the audiobook because it was hard to consume in audiobook format without track names or a pdf table of contents. There are a lot of references throughout the book to check out more in another chapter but with all the audio files just being named track 2, track 34, etc. it’s hard to follow.
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Diagrams/Tables essential to the book do not appear to be avialable. Most books that have tables important to the subject have then available online. Perhaps the thought is that if you buy the more expensive audiobook you'll end up buying the less expensive book to get the tables. That will tend to make some people unhappy.