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Longing for Love?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Get a sense of parts within you that want to feel seen, included, appreciated, wanted, respected, liked, cherished, and loved. Everyone has these parts. They often feel young, soft, or vulnerable.

What Do Their Faces Say to You?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What do their faces say to you? The Practice: Receive faces. Why? As our ancestors evolved over millions of years in small bands, continually int...

Juggling Bricks?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Juggling bricks? The Practice: Step into the cloud. Why? I had a light bulb moment recently: I was feeling stressed about all the stuff I had ...

What is Living You?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What is living you? The Practice: Give over to good. Why? In every moment, you and I and everyone and everything else -- from quantum foam to fl...

What Matters Most to You?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What matters most to you? The Practice: Remember the big things. Why? In every life, reminders arrive about what's really important. I've recent...

Busy, Busy?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

But when you get some rest, and get more rested, you have more energy, mental clarity, resilience for the hard things, patience, and wholehearted caring for others.

What Do You Want?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Much of what we want to avoid -- like the discomfort of speaking out, some kinds of psychological or spiritual growth, standing up for others, exercising, being emotionally vulnerable, or really going after one's dreams -- would actually be really good for oneself and others.

What's Weighing You Down?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

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 "shoulds," worries, guilts and regrets.

Are Some Things Getting Better?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Are some things getting better? The Practice: See progress. Why? There are always things that are getting worse. For example, over the past year,...

Why Do We Have Cheerleaders?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Why do we have cheerleaders? The Practice: Don't rain on the parade. Why? Let's say you've had an interesting idea or moment of inspiration, or ...

What's the Most Important Thing?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What's the most important thing? The Practice: Keep your eyes on the prize. Why? Have you heard this saying? The most important thing is to reme...

Are You Holding Onto Feeling Wronged?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

As best you can, take care of yourself and those you care for. Protect yourself against ongoing or potential harms. Do what you can to repair the damage done to you. Keep making your life a good one.

What Are You Learning?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

As a therapist, I ask questions for a living. Plus I've been married a long time through thick and thin, and raised two kids. As they say in medicine: good judgment comes from experience... and experience comes from bad judgment. So I offer some fruits of my bad judgments!

What Is an Open Heart?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What is an open heart? The Practice: Put no one out of your heart. Why? We all know people who are, ah, . . . challenging. It could be a critical pa...

When Have People Been Caring?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

When Have People Been Caring? The Practice: Feel cared about. Why? Everyone knows what it's like to care about someone. Remember being with a fr...

Do You Believe in Love?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Do you believe in love? The Practice: Trust in love. Why? Take a breath right now, and notice how abundant the air is, full of life-giving oxygen...

Do You Accept The Gift?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The Practice: Receive generosity. Why? Life gives to each one of us in so many ways. For starters, there's the bounty of the senses -- including ch...

Who Do You Argue With?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Who do you argue with? The Practice: Don't quarrel. Why? It's one thing to stick up for yourself and others. But it's a different matter to get ...

What's in Your Heart to Say?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Of course, the most important person to speak truly to is yourself, with inner speech. Come to peace with the truth: the facts, your experiences and intentions, the goodness inside your heart, what's led to what for better or worse.

What Do You Notice in People?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What do you notice in people? The Practice: See the good in others. Why? Many interactions these days have a kind of bumper-car quality to them. A...

What Do You Need?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What do you need? The Practice: Kindness to you is kindness to me; kindness to me is kindness to you. Why? I usually describe a practice as someth...

What's Your Heart Saying?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What's Your Heart Saying? The Practice: Speak from the heart. Why? One Christmas I hiked down into the Grand Canyon, whose bottom lay a vertical...

See the Person Behind the Eyes

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Who is behind the mask? The Practice: See the person behind the eyes. Why? Most of us wear a kind of mask, a persona that hides our deep...

Being at Peace With the Pain of Others

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Humans are an empathic, compassionate, and loving species, so it is natural to feel sad, worried, or fiery about the troubles and pain of other people. (And about those of cats and dogs and other animals, but I'll focus on human beings here.)

Refill Your Cupboard

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Are you self-nurturing? The Practice: Refill your cupboard. Why? Nothing changes a woman's life like a child, especially her first one. Raising ...