Professor Rick Hanson, PhD

Professor Rick Hanson
  • Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom
  • University of California, Los Angeles
We can increase the brain’s functional capabilities by protecting it and by internalizing beneficial experiences–helping them get encoded into lasting changes in neural structure and function–in order to grow more inner strengths such as resilience, gratitude, self-compassion, kindness, insight into oneself and others, and overall well-being.

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. His books are available in 28 languages and include Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness; Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence; Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom; Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time; and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, Dr. Hanson has been an invited speaker at Google and NASA as well as the University of Oxford, Stanford University, Harvard University, and other major universities. He has taught in meditation centers worldwide, and his work has been featured on CBS, Fox, NPR, and the BBC. Dr. Hanson offers the free newsletter Just One Thing, which has more than 135,000 subscribers, and his Foundations of Well-Being online program in positive neuroplasticity is free to anyone with financial need.

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