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Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain-and Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Rick Hanson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Recent scientific breakthroughs have revealed that what we think and feel changes the brain. Dr Rick Hanson’s Hardwiring Happiness is the first book to show how to transform the simple positive experiences of daily life into neural structures that promote lasting health, contentment, love and inner peace.

To keep our ancestors alive, our brain evolved a ‘negativity bias’, which lets positive experiences flow through it like water through a sieve. Yet positive experiences are the building blocks needed for health, happiness and fulfilling relationships. Drawing on neuroscience and the contemplative traditions, Hardwiring Happiness shows how to overcome that negativity bias and get those good experiences into the brain where it can use them, providing the tools we need to heal old wounds, develop our inner resources and, ultimately, transform our lives.

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"A book to savour, to practise and take to heart" (Prof Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness)

"Simple, accessible, practical..." (Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Peace is Every Breath)

"This book is as clear and inspired as it gets..." (Ruby Wax, author of Sane New World: Taming The Mind)

"Teaches us life-affirming skills...Bravo!" (Prof Daniel J. Siegel, author of Mindsight)

Book Description

A revolutionary guide to finding happiness through the very latest neuroscience and contemplative techniques.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1580 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVW8VN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really dragged it out 2 May 2014
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I was disappointed with this book. Although it had some good points, and some people may find it useful, it was very repetitive, and the explanations and examples were drawn out. It could be condensed into a four page magazine article.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 18 Oct. 2013
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As good as, actually even better than Buddha's Brain. Rick Hanson is doing an amazing job at bridging the gap between cognitive neuroscience and 'normal' people. Read this if you want encouragement and motivation to practice meditation/mindfulness. Although not all claims are rigorously tested (although no doubt the claims are true) this book not only evokes more research it brings the power of mindfulness into the public domain. Rick rocks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO LIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE 18 Dec. 2013
By RF.
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When I ordered this book, Hardwiring Happiness, from Amazon, I just knew I'd enjoy it having previously appreciated Rick Hanson's CDs. Anything written or recorded by Dr. Hanson is beautifully researched and delightfully informative. His words of wisdom and gifted presentation are excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 19 Aug. 2014
By HippyH
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Awesome book. I am recommending it to everyone. I think this is a life changing book and one of the best I've come across (and I've read a few..). The techniques are accessible to everyone and you don't need a lot of time or effort. I also think the science seems accurate and it corresponds well to my experience of life. I'm finding the book especially good for stress reduction. It would also be great for loneliness as well as increasing happiness in general, of oneself and others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 April 2014
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Very wordy book. Wished he would get to the point more quickly. Probably has some wonderful positive tips but I lost interest before I finished. Maybe I'lll come back to it later. Was recommended by a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and spiritual 12 Nov. 2013
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I have always liked Rick Hanson's Just One Thing-his JOTS and this is an excellent addition. He writes with humour, and humility and although American in style it is sincere and helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid book presented well 9 Feb. 2014
By Dave
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The first chapter summarises what you what you need to know.
The remainder of the book elaborates and provides more detail and practical examples.
Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class 10 Jun. 2015
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This is an exciting book by an extraordinary, excellent teacher and synthesiser of neuroscience and the personal self-directed application of the brain/mind's capacity to enhance it's functioning. It lays out core aspects of brain operation;

Sympathetic v Parasympathetic (flight /flight Negativity/ bias v calm responsive mode)
The triune brain (reptilian/ mamilian/ necortex) and areas of function that can be brought under Conscious/ reflective management

Applies this underpinning science to core human needs Safety/ Satisfaction and Connection loosely mapping against above brain centres.
Maps reactive (unsatisfied mode) against Responsive mode for these 3 core needs.

Will be of maximum benefit when augmented by drilling deeper into topics and practices via other resources.

But the content of this book is sufficient in it's own right to greatly enable self-directed brain re-engineering.

Very exciting and motivating to engage deeper in the subject matter and practises. Having just read it carefully, I will be re-reading it immediatley
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This book explains our natural tendencies to negative thoughts and how some people are more susceptible than others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kanga
2.0 out of 5 stars Another self help book?
Well, you can do a course of Rick Hanson's online but it will cost you! The book is good but does it miss important points? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Mansell
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, original but long-winded guide on happiness techniques
I agree with the reviews that say this book is repetitive. Dr Rick gives endless, subtle variations on the same basic theme, and it's easy to get lost as to how the chapter you're... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin P
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful guide on how to alter and improve your mind for the better....
An uplifting, insightful guide on how to alter and improve your mind for the better. I have learned so much from this, and Rick Hanson's sincere, authentic tone makes the science... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Madina Outama
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Rick Hanson delivers good advice and practices as usual.
Published 8 months ago by Michaela
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting and had a good feeling when i practlsed it and received...
Give this a read it actually worked for me
Published 8 months ago by kareenza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent - thoroughly helpful
Published 9 months ago by Mr. W. CATTERALL
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book, very practical and easy to follow
Published 10 months ago by R. G. Searle
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I can't overstate how important this book is and the difference it has made to me, as someone who ruminates and worries constantly, seemingly without control or reason, the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alexander Dougal
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