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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.

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Do You Accept The Gift?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 11:04 AM

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 chocolate chip cookies, jasmine, sunsets, wind singing through pine trees, and just getting your back scratched.

What does life give you?

Consider the...

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Who Do You Argue With?

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 1:38 PM

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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 caught up in wrangles, contentiousness, squabbles...in a word: quarrels.

Similarly, it's one thing to...

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What's in Your Heart to Say?

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 10:30 AM

The Practice:
Speak truly.

Why?

It's been said that the most powerful tool for physical health is a fork (or spoon), since the choices you make with it determine the good or bad things you put into your body.

In the same way, perhaps the most powerful tool for...

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What Do You Notice in People?

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 11:10 AM

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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. At work, at home, on the telephone, via email: we sort of bounce off of...

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What Do You Need?

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:41 AM

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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 something to do: get on your own side, see the being behind the eyes,...

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What's Your Heart Saying?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:15 AM

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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 mile below the rim. Its walls...

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Where Does It Hurt?

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Where Does It Hurt?

The Practice:
Recognize suffering in others.

Why?

We're usually aware of our own suffering, which -- broadly defined -- includes the whole range of physical and mental discomfort, from mild headache or anxiety to the agony of bone cancer or the anguish of losing a...

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See the Person Behind the Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 10:53 AM

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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 deepest thoughts and feelings, and presents a polished, controlled...

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Turn Anger Into a Peaceful Heart

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 3:35 PM

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Are you feeling cross?

The Practice:
Turn anger into a peaceful heart.

Why?

Let's be realistic: it's completely normal for a mother to get angry with her children. Or with her partner, the in-laws, her clueless boss-or herself. Studies have found...

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Parent From the Same Page

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 10:59 PM

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Are you working together?

The Practice:
Parent from the same page.

Why?

[Note: This JOT is adapted from Mother Nurture, a book written for mothers - focusing on typical parenting situations and gender differences that are experienced by many, though...

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Being at Peace With the Pain of Others

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:21 PM

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Can you stay open to the pain of others?

The Practice:
Being at peace with the pain of others.

Why?

Humans are an empathic, compassionate, and loving species, so it is natural to feel sad, worried, or fiery about the troubles and...

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Refill Your Cupboard

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:07 PM

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Are you self-nurturing?

The Practice:
Refill your cupboard.

Why?

Nothing changes a woman's life like a child, especially her first one.

Raising children is deeply fulfilling. Yet it's also intensely demanding. Compared to women who haven't had children, mothers...

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Lower Your Stress

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 6:02 PM

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Can you take a moment?

The Practice:
Lower your stress

Why?

Note: This JOT is adapted from Mother Nurture -- a book written for mothers -- focusing on typical situations that are experienced by many, though not all, mothers during...

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Enjoy 4 Kinds of Peace

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:38 PM

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What's your sense of peace?


The Practice:
Enjoy four kinds of peace.


Why?

"Peace" can sound merely sentimental or clichéd ("visualize whirled peas"). But deep down, it's what most of us long for. Consider the proverb: The highest...

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Be Amazed

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 12:26 PM

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Are you paying attention?

The Practice:
Be amazed.

Why?

Last night, stressing about undone tasks, I glanced in a mirror and saw my t-shirt, with its picture of a galaxy and a little sign sticking up out of its outer...

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Be Mind Full of Good

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:37 PM

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What's in your mind?

The Practice:
Be mind full of good.

Why?

It's kind of amazing: Right now, what you think and feel, enjoy and suffer, is changing your brain. The brain is the organ that learns, designed by evolution to...

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Don't Rain on the Parade

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:35 PM

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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 thought of a new project, or felt some enthusiasm bubbling up inside you. Your notions are...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:59 PM

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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 something to do: get on your own side, see the being behind the eyes, take...

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Grow a Key Inner Strength

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:55 PM

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What do you need?

The Practice:
Grow a key inner strength.

Why?

We all have issues -- including demands upon us, stresses, illnesses, losses, vulnerabilities and pain. (As Alan Watts put it: "Life is wiggly.") Of course, many of our issues --...

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Feel Whole

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:22 AM

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What's left out?

The Practice:
Feel whole.

Why?

When I look back on mistakes I've made -- like dumping my anger on someone, making assumptions in haste, partying too much, losing my nerve, being afraid to...

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