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Rick Hanson

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...

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...

How to Own Your Life

Ira Israel | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Here's an interview I recently gave... on how to own your life and stop creating suffering.

'This Too Shall Pass' Brings a Timely Message of Hope for Mothers Day

Kellie Edwards | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Kellie Edwards

This Too Shall Pass won Best Short Animated Film for its honest depiction of the conflicting emotions that are often experienced by mothers as they battle exhaustion and overwhelm along with waves of love for their baby or child.

Hold Gratitude In Your Heart

Helen J. Russell | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Helen J. Russell

We're all experts at holding onto negative feelings. But it doesn't come as naturally to us to hold onto the good.

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.)

What Is Mindfulness? 10 Answers From 10 Teachers

Kellie Edwards | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

Sometimes I think there are as many ways of describing mindfulness as there are brands of shampoo. This can be confusing. So we asked many of the experts we interviewed to put it in their own words. Here is what they told us.

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 ...

What Do Steve, Arianna, Millie and Karen Have in Common?

Millie Grenough | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Millie Grenough

Photo: Jon Snyder/ | CC BY-NC Common element in Steve Jobs, Arianna Huffington, Millie Grenough, Karen Gomez: a) creativity b) crazy-busy...

Lower Your Stress

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Sure there's a lot to do, but avoid running around like the Energizer Bunny more than is needed, being perfectionistic, or staying busy as a way to avoid certain feelings. Every so often, stop all that doing for a bit.

Adopting These 2 Habits May Just Make You Happier

Kellie Edwards | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

Gratitude is part of the puzzle; the other main part is being kind to myself. I have cranky, sad and lethargic moments too. But instead of criticizing myself at those times OR faking gratitude I have experimented with another practice backed by science.

Enjoy 4 Kinds of Peace

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

In particular, enjoy your peacefulness, wherever you find it. In our culture of pressure, invasive demands for attention, and jostling busyness, inner peace must be protected. When you experience it, enjoy it, which will help it sink into you, weaving its way into your brain so it increasingly becomes the habit of your mind.

Be Amazed

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Are you paying attention? The Practice: Be amazed. Why? Last night, stressing about undone tasks, I glanced in a mirror and saw my t-s...

Don't Rain on the Parade

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

It's OK to be quiet, spacious, even silent. OK to take some time to let things air out and take more shape before you respond. Even if your deep-down view is that this idea is insane, disastrous, or worse -- often you don't have to say anything at all and it will collapse on its own.

Kindness to You Is Kindness to Me; Kindness to Me Is Kindness to You

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

It's as if we are connected in a vast web. For better or worse, what you do to others ripples back to you; what you do to yourself ripples out to others. Recognizing this in your belly and bones will change your life for the better. And change the lives of others for the better as well.

Grow a Key Inner Strength

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

We all have issues -- including demands upon us, stresses, illnesses, losses, vulnerabilities and pain. Of course, many of our issues -- in the broad sense -- are related to important sources of fulfillment, such as starting a business or raising a family; still, there's some kind of challenge.

Feel Whole

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

With moments of practice that add up over time, you will feel more like a whole person, less fragmented and partial, less yanked this way and that by competing desires in your head.

Do Freely

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Try to experience doing as living. The sense of living then moves to the foreground, with doing as a matter-of-fact, no-big-deal, expression of embodied life. It's a subtle shift, but a powerful one.

Rest in Center

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Gravity draws things together, toward a center, while entropy scatters them into disorder. In much the same way, in our own lives, some things bring us to center, while others disturb and disperse us.

Relax Needless Fear Around Others

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Enjoy the sense of freedom this practice brings, the greater ease with others, the confidence. Notice how you can be more relaxed, patient, open, and caring with other people when you are not afraid.