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Hardwiring Happiness Book Summary

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By Rick Hanson

15 min
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"Hardwiring Happiness" is a self-help book written by Rick Hanson, a psychologist and neuroscientist. The book explores the concept of rewiring the brain to cultivate positive experiences and lasting happiness. Hanson emphasizes that the brain has a negativity bias, meaning it tends to focus more on negative experiences than positive ones. He provides practical techniques and exercises to help individuals shift their attention and reframe their experiences in a more positive light. By consciously and intentionally savoring positive moments, cultivating gratitude, and nurturing positive emotions, readers can "hardwire" their brains for happiness. The book combines scientific insights with mindfulness practices, providing a roadmap for individuals to create a more positive and resilient mindset, leading to greater well-being and fulfillment in life.

About the Author

Rick Hanson is a New York Times bestselling author. He has written and given speeches about the essential inner skills of personal wellbeing, psychological growth, and contemplative practices, relationships, family life, and raising children. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1974. He founded a successful seminar company, worked for a mathematician on probabilistic risk analyses, and did management consulting. He received a Ph.D in clinical psychology from Wright Institute in 1991. His dissertation was titled: “Gratifying control: Mothers offering alternatives to toddlers.”
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Hardwiring Happiness

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