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See What's Likable

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Your brain continually tracks whether something is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. In essence, is it a carrot, a stick, or safely ignored? Naturally, we like -- we enjoy -- what's pleasant, dislike what's unpleasant, and wish what's neutral would get pleasant pronto.

Wake Up to Good News

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The root cause of suffering and harm is ignorance, illusion, not seeing things as they actually are. But when we wake up and see the facts and live in the light, we feel so much freer, at ease, unthreatened, confident, overflowing, loved, and loving.

Leave the Red Zone

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

In your mind, intend to settle back down. Exhale slowly, twice as long as the inhalation. This helps light up the parasympathetic nervous system. Think of something, anything, that makes you feel safer, more fed and fulfilled, or more appreciated and cared about.

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.

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.