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Hope And Heart: 5 Ways To Feed Your Compassionate Self

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

We feed the wolf of love with heart and with hope. We feed this wolf by sustaining our sense of what's good in other people, what's good in ourselves, what's already good in our world, and what could be even better in a world we can build together.

On Lightening Up: Tips To Take The Weight Off Your Shoulders

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

On the path of life, most of us are hauling way too much weight. What's in your own backpack? If you're like most of us, you've got too many items on each day's to-do list and too much stuff in the closet. Too many entanglements with other people. And too many worries, guilts, and regrets.

Speaking Wisely: How The Buddha Might Communicate

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

With time and a little practice, you will find yourself "speaking wisely" without consciously thinking about it. You might be amazed at the powerful, assertive ways you can communicate within the frame of these six guidelines.

5 Strategies To Cling Less And Love More

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Clinging is different from healthy desire, where we have wholesome values, aims, purposes, aspiration, and commitments -- without being attached to the results.

Hold Wants Lightly

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The art is to pursue wholesome desires with enthusiasm, discipline, and skill without getting all hot and bothered about them, and to enjoy life's pleasures without getting attached to them.

Buddha Doodle -- 'Laugh'

Molly Hahn | Posted 08.21.2012 | Good News
Molly Hahn


Can We Consistently Redirect Conflict to Our Favor?

Peter Baksa | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

Uncomfortable situations almost always contain valuable information or a lesson. I have found that if I ask what lies beneath my discomfort I discover more about myself and how I relate to others.

See The Good In Others

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Seeing the good in others is a simple but very powerful way to feel happier and more confident, and become more loving and more productive in the world.

Buddha Doodle -- Lead

Molly Hahn | Posted 06.30.2012 | Good News
Molly Hahn


Lower the Pressure

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Remind yourself that you can act in competent, honorable and successful ways even when there is no sense of pressure.

Take a Stand.. Be Friendly: Why Friendliness Is Almost Subversive

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

In its own quiet way, ordinary friendliness takes a stand that is almost subversive these days: that the world has many more opportunities than threats, that most people want the best for others.

Practicing the Compassion Meditation

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Compassion is natural; you don't have to force it; just open to the difficulty, the struggle, the stress, the impact of events, the sorrow and strain in the other person.

The Wisdom Of Appreciating What's Improving

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

I'm tired of the widespread meme -- "in these dark times" -- however it gets expressed. It's ignorant, defeatist, and often used to further an agenda. Every time in human history has been dark in some regards.

How Did Humans Evolve The Most Loving Brain On Earth?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Humans are the most sociable species on earth -- for better and for worse. So how did we evolve the most loving brain on the planet?

Cultivating A Buddha Brain For Holiday Happiness

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Dr. Hanson's research shows that our mind can literally affect the brain, meaning the thoughts we cultivate actually change the physical makeup of the brain in the same way physical exercise builds particular muscles.

What Are We Overlooking In Our Kids Today?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Kids get labeled with one diagnosis after another with an overemphasis on their negative traits and less emphasis on the possibility that there's something inside that is quite beautiful.

See Beings Not Bodies

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

When we encounter someone, usually the mind automatically slots the person into a category: man, woman, your friend Tom, the kid next door, etc. Watch this happen in your own mind as you meet or talk with a co-worker, salesclerk or family member.