Let Things Change

What’s changing? The Practice: Let Things Change Why? The fifth of my personal Top 5 practices (all tied for first place) is open out, by which I mean relaxing into a growing sense of connection, even oneness, with all things. (The other four are be mindful, love, take in the good, and go green.) “Opening

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Put No One Out of Your Heart

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 parent, a bossy supervisor, a relative who has you walking on eggshells, a nice but flaky friend, a co-worker who just doesn’t like you,

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QUIZ: Are You a Self-Starter?

One of the secrets to a happy and productive life is to know how to help yourself come to want things that are good for you and others . . . that you don’t initially want that much. Find out how good you are at motivating yourself, or nudging yourself in a kind way, rather

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Accept Dependence

What makes your life? The Practice: Accept dependence. Why? Want to try a little experiment? Stop breathing. Really. For a few seconds, maybe a few dozen seconds, and see how it feels. For me, this experiment is an intimate way to experience a deep truth, that we live dependently, relying on 10,000 things for physical

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Practicing with Negative Reactions to Others

Here is a talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled Practicing with Negative Reactions to Others.
More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found here.
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Bob Emmons Interview on Gratitude

I had the pleasure of interviewing Gratitude expert Bob Emmons for my Foundations of Well-Being program. Watch this clip to hear about the benefits of Gratitude and how to literally construct it at any moment in your life, no matter what your circumsta… [Read more…]

Rick’s Picks: Wealth Inequality in America

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online. Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

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Tune Into Others

What Are They Feeling? The Practice: Tune into others. Why? Imagine a world in which people interacted with each other like ants or fish. Imagine a day at work like this, or in your family, aware of the surface behavior of the people around you but oblivious to their inner life while they remain unmoved

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QUIZ: Do You Have Grit?

Can you be as the occasion demands? How determined, patient, persistent, and (as needed) feral are you?
Find out how much Grit you have, with this short quiz from my Foundations of Well-Being program:
https://fwb.rickhanson.net/gritquiz

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Rick’s Picks: I Took The Dalai Lama To A Ski Resort And He Told Me The Meaning Of Life

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online. Douglas Preston writes for slate.com about his ski trip with the Dalai Lama: As we finished, a young waitress with tangled, dirty-blond hair and a beaded headband began clearing our table. She stopped to listen to the conversation and finally sat down,

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