Develop a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

52 Practices for Peace of Mind, Inner Strength, and Lasting Contentment

Hardwiring Happiness

Change Your Brain for the Better

Dr. Rick Hanson

Each day we are pushed around by external forces – from the economy to the people we live and work with – and by reactions to these that come from ancient reptile/mammal/primate/caveman circuits inside our own brains. But now, with the power of modern neuroscience, we can take charge of the brain and gradually change it for the better.

That’s the promise of Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time – which shows you down-to-earth ways to build up a “buddha brain” for more peace of mind in stressful times, greater inner strength and confidence, and an unshakeable sense of contentment and worth.

Just One Thing has been praised by leading scholars, psychologists, and meditation teachers – including  Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., Tara Brach, Ph.D., Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Kristin Neff, Ph.D., Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., Sharon Salzberg, Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., Daniel Ellenberg, Ph.D., Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., and Wes Nisker – and you can read their endorsements.

The original meaning of the word “buddha” is one who knows how to be truly happy and effective. Developing a buddha brain is for anyone – Christian, Jewish, atheist, etc. – who wants this kind of brain.

The book presents 52 practices – simple actions inside your mind – that light up neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. And because “neurons that fire together, wire together,” each time you do a practice, it strengthens key neural circuits like building a muscle in the gym.

Each practice is grounded in modern neuroscience, positive psychology, Rick’s background in the very real world of business and raising a family. Each bite-size chapter introduces a new practice, explains why it’s important, and shows you how to do it.

We are so busy these days that it’s great to have just one thing to focus on to make your life better. Practice is not some flabby, airy-fairy mumbo-jumbo – it takes grit and honest work – you earn the results, and can respect yourself for them.

Broken up into five user-friendly sections, this pocket-sized “owner’s manual plus toolbox” helps you transform your brain from the inside out. The practices offered take at most a few minutes a day – and can be done anytime, anywhere. They include:

• Get on Your Own Side
• See the Good in Yourself
• Feed Your Brain
• Fill the Hole in Your Heart
• Risk the Dreaded Experience
• Accept the Limits of Your Influence
• Don’t Throw Darts
• Notice You’re Alright Right Now
• and so much more!

Bottom line, it’s the law of little things. A small thing repeated each day adds up over time to produce big results; a small thing that is in your power to do – in a world in which so many things are not. Just one small thing that could change your life!

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Just One Minute

Build a Happier, Healthier Mind in Just a Minute or Two a Day

What if, in under 2 minutes a day, you could hardwire an unshakeable sense of contentment, self-worth, and peace of mind into your brain?

In this new online program, New York Times bestselling author and leading expert on positive neuroplasticity, 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.