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Rick Hanson

Lower Your Stress

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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.

Top 3 Reasons to Try Mindfulness: For the Children's Sake and Yours

Kellie Edwards | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

Practicing mindfulness meditation creates a steady, calm space so that what used to overwhelm me is far more manageable. I understand from my own observation that what I am feeling in the moment is like a passing cloud.

Choose to Love

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Let love be there alongside whatever else is present in your relationship with the other person. There is love... and there is also seeing what is true about the other person, yourself, and circumstances affecting both of you.

How to Find the Right Mindfulness Teacher for You

Ira Israel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

When I meet fellow mindfulness teachers I sometimes ask, "What do you think the difference is between mindfulness and Buddhism? If the teacher starts prattling on about brain states and alpha waves and prefrontal cortexs and amygdalas, I will wish him or her the best and quietly excuse myself.

Feel the Support

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What helps you carry your load? The Practice: Feel the support. Why? We're all carrying a load, including tasks, challenges, worries, inner criti...

Water Your Fruit Tree

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What would bear lots of fruit? The Practice: Water your fruit tree. Why? My wife and kids tease me that the title of this practice is corny -- an...

Enjoy the Freedom Not To

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Do you got to? The Practice: Enjoy the freedom not to. Why? We're pulled and prodded by financial pressures, commuter traffic, corporate polici...

Accept Difficulity

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

It's okay that things are difficult. That's part of what gives them their savor. Not all fulfilling experiences are grounded in some difficulty, but many are. Honor yourself for the hard things you're dealing with. And be aware of the things that are not difficult in your life, including the things that do support you.

Get Out of the War

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

See the suffering in the other people and yourself, and see if you can have compassion for all parties. The world outside may not change. But if you end the war in your own head, you'll feel better and act better. Which just might help the world around you to change for the better as well.

Drop the Load

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Wisdom is choosing a greater happiness over a lesser one. Sometimes you have to give up the lesser rewards of the new thing for the greater rewards of allowing some new space to clear in your life.

Cultivate Goodwill

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Put whatever happened in perspective. The effects of most events fade with time. They're also part of a larger whole, the great majority of which is usually fine.

Relax, You're Going to Be Criticized

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What are you bracing against? The Practice: Relax, you're going to be criticized. Why? The title of this practice is a little tongue-in-cheek. Wha...

Transform Ill Will

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Goodwill and ill will are about intention: The will is for good or ill. These intentions are expressed through action and inaction, word and deed, and especially thoughts. How do you feel when you sense another person taking potshots at you in her mind?

Accept Dependence

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Accepting dependence brings you into harmony with the way it actually is. All things, from gophers to galaxies, arise and pass away in dependence on all other things. Dependence is nothing to be ashamed of, in spite of our culture's hyper-emphasis on independence.

Come to Center

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

To what is your mind given? The Practice: Come to center. Why? I'm old enough to remember a time when people usually answered "good" when you asked ...