Hard-Wiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

Seminar code: HNS-F12

Rick Hanson Rick Hanson, PhD
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Metro-Central YMCA
20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto
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Fee: $210 (+ HST) up to Sept. 13
$225 (+ HST) after Sept. 13
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Internal resources such as emotional intelligence, resilience, positive emotions, empathy, compassion, affect regulation, confidence, and feeling valued and loved are the foundation of psychological healing, everyday well-being and effectiveness, personal growth, and spiritual practice. Recent research on experience-dependent neuroplasticity reveals how targeted mental activity can stimulate and thereby strengthen the neural substrates of these mental resources. In this practical, experiential, clinically focused workshop, Rick Hanson, the best-selling author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, will teach you effective ways to do this.

While some negative experiences help develop certain resources (e.g., stress hardiness), they mainly just trigger the brain’s stress machinery and wear down long-term physical and mental health. The primary source of inner resources is positive experiences – but unfortunately, the brain is poor at converting these into neural structures.

To address this problem, this workshop will show you how to turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources. Through presentation, discussion, and experiential practices, you will learn practical steps that will build up your sense of inner strength, happiness, peace, and love from everyday experiences. You will explore how to use these methods to lower anxiety and stress, lift the mood, create calm and contentment, and fundamentally hard-wire happiness into the brain.

You will learn —

  • Why a negativity bias evolved in the brain and how this affects us today
  • Ways to notice or create positive experiences and how to integrate them into the brain
  • How to identify the resources that can help strengthen or heal a person and then activate key positive experiences to build these resources and “fill in the hole in the heart”
  • About pairing both positive and negative material in awareness to soothe and heal painful experiences
  • How to apply these strategies for depression, trauma, recovery, childrearing, and motivation
  • Why “taking in the good” activates the responsive “green” setting of the human brain that is the fundamental basis of long-term health and happiness

Books by Rick Hanson:


Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
by Rick Hanson
"Seamlessly weaving together insights from modern neuroscience, positive psychology, evolutionary biology, and years of clinical practice, Dr. Hanson provides a wealth of practical tools anyone can use to feel less anxious, frustrated, and distressed in everyday life. With humor, warmth, and humility, this book combines new research and ancient wisdom to give us easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to counteract our hard-wired tendency for psychological distress and live richer, happier, more loving and fulfilled lives." -Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Author, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems
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About the Presenter

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, Rick Hanson has been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centres worldwide. His work has been featured on CBC, BBC, and NPR, on “FoxBusiness”, “Consumer Reports Health”, and “U.S. News and World Report”, and in O Magazine, and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter — Just One Thing — has over ninety-four thousand subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.