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? Psychologist 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. Unflaggingly upbeat and conversational—even when Hanson’s backing up his claims with hard neurological data—Hardwiring Happiness uplifted our mood even before we’d reached the last page.
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The author explains various methods of achieving and maintaining Happiness. Useful tools that you can apply, with practice, to maximize the good feelings while acknowledging the not so good. I also enjoyed “The Buddha Brain” by the author.