Ready for a Year of
Big, Lasting Changes?

Become Calmer, Happier, and More Confident
with The Foundations of Well-Being 2.0

A Yearlong Program with Dr. Rick Hanson

Beginning this week, join Dr. Rick Hanson for a science-backed, step-by-step journey to:

  • Feel less stressed, worried, or blue.
  • Have more fulfilling relationships.
  • Find an authentic, deep sense of self-worth.
  • Achieve lasting well-being in a changing world.
Feel like life keeps throwing you challenges?
Stop “surviving” them and start building up the inner strengths to face and overcome them.

In less than an hour a week, Dr. Hanson will show you how to cope with life’s challenges by growing these 12 Strengths for Well-Being:

To Change Your Life, You Need to Change Your Brain

Use science-backed methods to beat the brain’s negativity bias and change the way you think, for good.

Because our brains are like Velcro for the bad and Teflon for the good, bad experiences such as frustration, worry, and stress tend to “stick” to us more, getting quickly wired into our nervous system.

To beat this negativity bias, Dr. Hanson will teach you powerful methods — using the science of positive neuroplasticity —  for turning good experiences like mindfulness, self-compassion, and confidence into lasting inner strengths that stick with us.

Everything you need for lasting change

In this structured, step-by-step program, Dr. Rick Hanson will send you new content each week, teaching you new ways to feel more peaceful, content, and loved with:

Monthly, Live Q&As

where Dr. Rick Hanson will answer YOUR questions, live on Zoom. (Tuesdays or Thursdays at 12pm PT / 3pm ET. Recordings available.)

Inspiring Talks

giving you insights and practical tools for your brain, mind, and relationships

Guided Meditations

to hardwire helpful, healing changes into your nervous system


to learn new things about yourself and simple ways to be happier

Guest Expert Interviews

with 30+ leading scholars and teachers including Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Rhonda Freeman, Gretchen Rubin, and Dan Siegel

Creative Activities

to use all of your brain for
more healing, learning, and growing

Supportive Community

with member forums
and discussion threads

Weekly Reminders

inspiring emails to keep
you motivated and on track

Printable Handouts and Downloadable Files

so you can keep growing at
your own pace, wherever you go


Lifetime Access, a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee, and
20 CE Credits* for Mental Health Professionals

*Additional Fee Applies. Click here for more information.

The Results Are In!

Surveyed participants in the original Foundations of Well-Being program experienced significant increases in:

Take the First Step Toward a Happier, Calmer, More Confident You

Join Dr. Rick Hanson for this special journey to grow inner strengths and change your brain so you can handle whatever life throws your way.

SAVE 25% when you pay in full


$450 USD

Convenient Payment Plan

10 monthly payments of

$60 USD

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Try the Foundations of Well-Being risk-free. Not happy with it in the first 30 days? We’ll send you a full refund.


Save 15% when you sign up with a buddy or a group. Fill out our group form to get started.


For those who are unable to pay for the Foundations of Well-Being program, please see our scholarship information.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you create the Foundations of Well-Being?

We want to provide great resources that are accessible and affordable to anyone with an internet connection, and do what we can to help the world become a better place.

Why is the Foundations of Well-Being program so effective?

Why do we need the Foundations of Well-Being program?

Who is the Foundations of Well-Being program for?

The Foundations program is for the general public, with special benefits for coaches, counselors, educators, healthcare professionals, and human resources trainers.

How much time does the Foundations of Well-Being program take?

We encourage you to take this program at your own pace, and to the depth that works best for you and your life. That being said, about an hour or two a week is plenty of time to get the primary benefits of the program. And you can always dive in more deeply if you like. Plus you can go back and explore the Foundations offerings any time you want. This program is designed to be flexible, so that different people can easily adapt it to their needs.

How much time should be put into the experiential practices to see change?

There is nothing that’s clear about the “dosing effect” of social-emotional practices (broadly defined), such as the ones in the Foundations program, other than the general principles of:

  • the greater the frequency of practices, the greater the lasting effects seem to be
  • the more depth of experience during a practice, the greater the lasting effects seem to be
  • if one were going to spend, say, 60 minutes a week in experiential practice, six 10-minute practices would likely have more impact than one 60 minute practice (though sometimes a long deep practice that draws someone into deep absorption can be very powerful)
  • there are individual differences, so that a person just needs to try different approaches and find the one(s) that work best for oneself
Is the Foundations of Well-Being psychotherapy?

No, it is not.

This is an educational program, not treatment for any physical or mental health condition. Participants take responsibility for their own experience in the program, and Rick Hanson, his staff, and the guest experts do not have a professional relationship with them.

We welcome your comments and questions. We’ll let you know we received your question or comment, but please know that in a program of this size, it is just not possible for us to offer an individual reply.

Could the Foundations of Well-Being be helpful for psychotherapy, coaching, or mindfulness training?
The Foundations of Well-Being program is an educational program, not psychotherapy or treatment for physical or mental health conditions, coaching, or mindfulness training. But it could be a useful adjunct to these, as well as to human resources training, to classes in self-compassion or stress management, and to informal personal growth practices, such as meditation.
If you have serious psychological issues or a history of suicidality, complex trauma, psychosis, or other severe mental health issues, you should not participate in the Foundations of Well-Being program, as it could stir things up for you without there being the option of individual support – and we strongly advise that you seek professional treatment.
The Foundations of Well-Being program could be a useful resource for normal range experiences of anxiety, blue mood, stress, loneliness, and interpersonal conflict, including for people in psychotherapy for these concerns. If you are in psychotherapy while engaging the Foundations of Well-Being program, please tell your therapist.
For example, you’ll learn how to turn your passing experiences in psychotherapy or other activities into lasting psychological resources encoded in your brain. You’ll also develop particular resources – such as self-understanding, emotional balance, vitality, and assertiveness – that could increase the benefits you get in any kind of mental health activity.
Can someone be too depressed, anxious, traumatized, broken, etc. for this program to be helpful?

Dr. Hanson really believes that no one is too wounded to improve. It’s really just a matter of finding the practices that work for you. The Foundations of Well-Being certainly has the potential to be of value to anyone – regardless of their history – and if you find that it is not beneficial, we of course would be happy to give you a full refund.

How is the Foundations of Well-Being different from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses?

MBSR is a wonderful, 8-week program in mindfulness.

The Foundations of Well-Being is a comprehensive program in the methods of positive brain change applied to growing 12 vital mental resources, one of which is mindfulness. There are 72 guided practices in the Foundations of Well-Being (Dr. Rick Hanson’s guided meditations/practices, plus the creative activities), and we love it when people do them daily – but busy people can engage the heart of the program in just an hour or so a week for twelve months, and we also set it up so that people can go through it at their own pace.

How old do you need to be to take the Foundations of Well-Being program?
You must be 18 or older to register.
If you are under 18 but are a teenager who is self-aware and motivated, this program could be helpful to you. Please have a parent or guardian register for you, and have this person send an email to rick@rickhanson.net, giving their permission for you to take the Foundations of Well-Being.
Are there any risks in this program?
The Foundations of Well-Being program emphasizes the having and the internalizing of experiences of various inner strengths – psychological resources – such as mindfulness, resilience, gratitude, compassion, and courage. These experiences are usually enjoyable, and as people develop inner strengths, they typically become more able to handle the challenges and other risks of life – and with less sense of upset or overwhelm.
Nonetheless, as with any educational process of personal growth, psychological material may get stirred up for you that is uncomfortable. Please engage the Foundations of Well-Being at a pace and a depth that feel good to you. Draw upon the coping skills and other inner strengths you already have as well as the ones you are developing through this program. And if need be, please reach out to professional help if that would serve you.
Does this program include live, personal support for individuals?

Like almost all other self-help books or programs, the Foundations of Well-Being program is very much a “do-it-yourself” process, and is not set up to offer individualized support or counsel for participants – especially not in live conversation with Dr. Hanson or our staff.

We do realize that this could be disappointing, but with over 20,000 participants and growing, we trust that you can understand our stance here.

In lieu of live phone support, the program does contain extensive guidance for how to engage with it, and member forums to seek out support from others.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

You bet. If you decide that this program is not for you, just tell us at foundations@rickhanson.net within 30 days of purchasing the program, (or within 30 days of the program beginning, if you signed up before it began) and we’ll give you a full refund.

Do you offer group discounts?

If you decided to do the program with a buddy (which we highly suggest!), then you will get the 15% discount applied to whichever payment option you choose.

In order to get the group discount, you will need to fill out the form on this page.

Do you offer scholarships?

We operate on the honor system. If someone can afford this, then we hope they will pay it. On the other hand, if this fee is a hardship (as it could be for students, the disabled, elderly people on a small fixed income, folks who are unemployed or on public assistance, or many people in third world countries), then most definitely we want the person to apply for a partial or full scholarship.

When can I get started?

We believe there is value in not looking too far ahead, so we’ll be starting on January 1 of each year, releasing content one week at a time throughout the year.

What do I get in each Strength of Well-Being?
  • Four (or more) inspiring video presentations by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. offering interesting information and useful tools and method
  • Four guided experiential meditations to hardwire the good stuff into your brain
  • Four revealing personality quizzes to understand yourself better
  • Two guided creative activities that deepen the impact of the program
  • A video interview (or two or three) with a distinguished guest expert
  • Audio-only formats of these videos for easy listening on the go
  • Reflection sheets and checklists
  • Access to participant-only forums
  • Weekly updates with inspiring quotations, suggested reflections, and bonus materials
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