Being Well Podcast: Liking Without Wanting
August 13, 2018

Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest begin the strength of Motivation with an episode that explores how we can pursue our goals with passion and purpose, without becoming painfully attached to them. They use the frame of “liking and wanting” to communicate the difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of desire.


  • 1:20: Why are liking and wanting different?
  • 4:45: What causes us to tip from liking into wanting?
  • 8:25: If liking is good and wanting is bad, why is it so easy to tip into wanting?
  • 12:30: Forrest’s experience with video games.
  • 16:45: Addiction and moments of lucidity.
  • 19:10: Identifying wanting through drivenness.
  • 21:00: Things that pull us into wanting.
  • 24:30: How can we stay in liking?
  • 29:00: The danger of auto-wanting.
  • 30:45: Delusional desire.
  • 32:45: Recap

If you’d like to start making real, positive changes to your brain and your life, but you don’t have a lot of extra time, then you may want to check out Rick Hanson’s new program: Just One Minute.

Dr. Rick Hanson offers 57 brief practices that strengthen the neural networks of deep well-being and resilience.

This program gives you just one thing to focus on each day to gradually change your brain for the better so you can handle the stresses and challenges of everyday life with greater ease, inner strength, and confidence.

Each practice is grounded in modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom, and Rick’s background in the very real world of business and raising a family.

Practices include a 1-2 minute video explaining the importance of the practice and how to do it, a recap, reflection, and suggestion for integrating it into your daily life, weekly emails with inspiration, support, and encouragement, an audio download, transcription, and printable handout.

They’re quick and easy to do, and each repetition strengthens key neural circuits – just like building a muscle in the gym. It’s the law of little things: a small thing repeated each day adds up to big results. Just one thing… that could change your life.

Use the code BEINGWELL at checkout for 10% off the purchase price.

Share this episode on:

Support the Podcast

Special Offers from Our Sponsors


Finally get that project off the ground with Squarespace! Head to for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch use coupon code BEINGWELL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.


Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! 

Visit for 40% off a premium subscription.

Join Dr. Rick and Forrest Hanson every week on the Being Well Podcast for lively and thought-provoking conversation and practical tips for being happier, building inner strengths, and getting the most out of life.

Get Rick’s Free Weekly Newsletter

Get a weekly practice and the latest Being Well Podcast delivered right to your inbox.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Ask Rick and Forrest a Question!

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Recent Episodes