• Self-Help

Just One Thing

Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time
Author: Rick Hanson
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1608825698
Category: Self-Help
Page: 232
View: 2268
You've heard the expression, “It’s the little things that count.” It's more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works. This guide offers simple things you can do routinely, mainly inside your mind, that will support and increase your sense of security and worth, resilience, effectiveness, well-being, insight, and inner peace. For example, they include: taking in the good, protecting your brain, feeling safer, relaxing anxiety about imperfection, not knowing, enjoying your hands, taking refuge, and filling the hole in your heart. At first glance, you may be tempted to underestimate the power of these seemingly simple practices. But they will gradually change your brain through what’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity. Moment to moment, whatever you're aware of—sounds, sensations, thoughts, or your most heartfelt longings—is based on underlying neural activities. This book offers simple brain training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience. Just one practice each day can help you to: • Be good to yourself • Enjoy life as it is • Build on your strengths • Be more effective at home and work • Make peace with your emotions With over fifty daily practices you can use anytime, anywhere, Just One Thing is a groundbreaking combination of mindfulness meditation and neuroscience that can help you deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.

Buddha's Brain

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Author: Rick Hanson
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1459624157
Category:
Page: 348
View: 8783
Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding. This book will explain how the core elements of both psychological well-being and religious or spiritual life-virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom--are based in the core functions of the brain: regulating, learning, and valuing. Readers will also learn practical ways to apply this information, as the book offers many exercises they can do to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater peace and well-being.

    • Psychology

Hardwiring Happiness

The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
Author: Rick Hanson
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0385347332
Category: Psychology
Page: 304
View: 2048
Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones. You can change this. Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson's four steps build strengths into your brain— balancing its ancient negativity bias—making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

    • Self-Help

Resilient

How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
Author: Rick Hanson, Ph.D.,Forrest Hanson
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0451498852
Category: Self-Help
Page: 304
View: 2435
These days it’s hard to count on the world outside. So it’s vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion—the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world. True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going. With his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop twelve vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity. This practical guide is full of concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain. It includes effective ways to interact with others and to repair and deepen important relationships. Warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth, Dr. Hanson’s step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He explains how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias, release painful thoughts and feelings, and replace them with self-compassion, self-worth, joy, and inner peace.

    • Body, Mind & Spirit

Just One Thing Card Deck

52 Practices for More Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Author: Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Publisher: Pesi Publishing & Media
ISBN: 9781683731085
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: N.A
View: 8810

    • Self-Help

Living with Your Heart Wide Open

How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Unworthiness, Inadequacy, and Shame
Author: Steve Flowers,Bob Stahl
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 9781608824465
Category: Self-Help
Page: 200
View: 6820
The way we talk to ourselves is often unkind and filled with self-judgments. These overly harsh self-criticisms can make us feel unworthy and incomplete. What if what you really need is not higher standards for yourself, but greater self-compassion? In Living with Your Heart Wide Open, you’ll discover how mindfulness and self-compassion can free you from the thoughts and beliefs that create feelings of inadequacy and learn to open your heart to the loving-kindness within you and in the world around you. Based in Western psychotherapy and Buddhist psychological principles, this book guides you past painful and self-limiting beliefs about yourself and toward a new perspective of nonjudgmental awareness and acceptance of who you are, just as you are. You’ll receive gentle guidance in mindfulness and compassion practices that will lead you away from unproductive, self-critical thoughts and help you live more freely and fearlessly, with your heart wide open.

    • Psychology

Bouncing Back

Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being
Author: Linda Graham, MFT,Rick Hanson
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608681297
Category: Psychology
Page: 433
View: 9799
"Advice, exercises, and examples to help readers increase their clarity, connection, competence, calm, and courage, from a clinical therapist, mindfulness teacher, and expert on the neuroscience of relationships. Applicable to relationships, jobs, and everyday life"--Provided by publisher.

    • Family & Relationships

Mother Nurture

A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships
Author: Rick Hansen,Jan Hansen,Ricki Pollycove
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780142000625
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 372
View: 4653
Presents practical ideas on ways to help mothers enhance their moods, promote energy and health, and build intimacy with partners, discussing such topics as diet, stress relief, and eating patterns.

    • Fiction

Just One Thing


Author: Holly Jacobs
Publisher: Center Point
ISBN: 9781683247555
Category: Fiction
Page: 500
View: 8636
"On Monday nights at the Corner Bar, artist Lexie McCain and Sam the bartender learn that, with good beer and a trusted friend, sharing just "one thing" might lead to the one thing they both thought was lost forever: love"--

    • Business & Economics

Drive

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Author: Daniel H. Pink
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101524381
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
View: 7574
Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward. Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

    • Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness

How to Reshape Your Brain and Your Life
Author: Rick Hanson
Publisher: Rider
ISBN: 9781846043574
Category: Happiness
Page: 304
View: 4910
Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones. You can change this. Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson's four steps build strengths into your brain balancing its ancient negativity bias making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

    • Body, Mind & Spirit

The Life Organizer

A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year
Author: Jennifer Louden
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608682455
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 256
View: 6163
We all yearn to have time for personal needs and creative dreams — after all, this is our life to make the most of. And we all know how hard it is to remember what really matters. With distractions from jobs, aging parents, and children — not to mention women’s perennial fear of being labeled “selfish” — following our own desires and dreams can become ever more elusive. The Life Organizer aims to help you shift your focus, augmenting traditional goal setting with the ease that comes from steady inner listening and mindfulness. It will become your trusted companion — and maybe the most important book you’ll ever own.

    • SELF-HELP

The Now Effect

How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life
Author: Elisha Goldstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451623860
Category: SELF-HELP
Page: 267
View: 2025
Outlines practical techniques for making permanent healthy changes by breaking free of self-sabotaging habitual beliefs while connecting with genuine priorities.

    • Self-Help

Spontaneous Happiness


Author: Andrew Weil
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316192120
Category: Self-Help
Page: 288
View: 5968
Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within. Dr. Andrew Weil has proven that the best way to maintain optimum physical health is to draw on both conventional and alternative medicine. Now, in Spontaneous Happiness, he gives us the foundation for attaining and sustaining optimum emotional health. Rooted in Dr. Weil's pioneering work in integrative medicine, the book suggests a reinterpretation of the notion of happiness, discusses the limitations of the biomedical model in treating depression, and elaborates on the inseparability of body and mind. Dr. Weil offers an array of scientifically proven strategies from Eastern and Western psychology to counteract low mood and enhance contentment, comfort, resilience, serenity, and emotional balance. Drawn from psychotherapy, mindfulness training, Buddhist psychology, nutritional science, and more, these strategies include body-oriented therapies to support emotional wellness, techniques for managing stress and anxiety and changing mental habits that keep us stuck in negative patterns, and advice on developing a spiritual dimension in our lives. Lastly, Dr. Weil presents an eight-week program that can be customized according to specific needs, with short- and long-term advice on nutrition, exercise, supplements, environment, lifestyle, and much more. Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil's revolutionary approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in your life.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Into the Magic Shop

A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
Author: James R. Doty
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399183647
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 9070
The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.

    • Self-Help

Awakening Joy

10 Steps that Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness
Author: James Baraz,Shoshana Alexander
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 055380703X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 305
View: 4553
Baraz helps readers discover a path to the happiness that's right in front of them, offering a step-by-step program that will reorient their minds away from dissatisfaction and toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available.

    • Self-Help

When Perfect Isn't Good Enough

Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism
Author: Martin M. Antony,Richard P. Swinson
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1608823644
Category: Self-Help
Page: 304
View: 2370
It's only natural to want to avoid making mistakes, but imperfection is a part of being human. And while perfectionists are often praised for their abilities, being constantly anxious about details can hold you back and keep you from reaching your full potential. In this fully revised and updated second edition of When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, you'll discover the root cause of your perfectionism, explore the impact of perfectionism on your life, and find new, proven-effective coping skills to help you overcome your anxiety about making mistakes. This guide also includes tips for dealing with other perfectionists and discussions about how perfectionism is linked to worry, depression, anger, social anxiety, and body image. As you complete the exercises in this book, you'll find it easier and easier to keep worries at bay and enjoy life — imperfections and all. This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

    • Science

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs
Author: Marc Lewis
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610391489
Category: Science
Page: 336
View: 4626
Marc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen-year-old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley, California, in its hippie heyday, he found methamphetamine and LSD and heroin. He sniffed nitrous oxide in Malaysia and frequented Calcutta's opium dens. Ultimately, though, his journey took him where it takes most addicts: into a life of addiction, desperation, deception, and crime. But unlike most addicts, Lewis recovered and became a developmental psychologist and researcher in neuroscience. In Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, he applies his professional expertise to a study of his former self, using the story of his own journey through addiction to tell the universal story of addictions of every kind. He explains the neurological effects of a variety of powerful drugs, and shows how they speak to the brain—itself designed to seek rewards and soothe pain—in its own language. And he illuminates how craving overtakes the nervous system, sculpting a synaptic network dedicated to one goal—more—at the expense of everything else.

    • Family & Relationships

Raising Happiness

10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents
Author: Christine Carter, Ph.D.
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345519320
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 256
View: 5983
What do we wish most for our children? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course! Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action, Christine Carter, Ph.D, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, boils the process down to 10 simple happiness-inducing steps. With great wit, wisdom, and compassion, Carter covers the day-to-day pressure points of parenting—how best to discipline, get kids to school and activities on time, and get dinner on the table—as well as the more elusive issues of helping children build healthy friendships and develop emotional intelligence. In these 10 key steps, she helps you interact confidently and consistently with your kids to foster the skills, habits, and mindsets that will set the stage for positive emotions now and into their adolescence and beyond. Inside you will discover • the best way avoid raising a brat—changing bad habits into good ones • tips on how to change your kids’ attitude into gratitude • the trap of trying to be perfect—and how to stay clear of its pitfalls • the right way to praise kids—and why too much of the wrong kind can be just as bad as not enough • the spirit of kindness—how to raise kind, compassionate, and loving children • strategies for inspiring kids to do boring (but necessary) tasks—and become more self-motivated in the process Complete with a series of “try this” tips, secrets, and strategies, Raising Happiness is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you instill joy in your kids—and, in the process, become more joyful yourself. From the Hardcover edition.

Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain

With Simple Practices That Will Improve Your Life
Author: Debbie Hampton
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781514112007
Category:
Page: 138
View: 9383
The key to overcoming depression and anxiety and stop living a fear-based existence is in your head. Literally. By taking control of your mind and thoughts and adopting brain-healthy habits, you can harness the superpower we were all born with, neuroplasticity - your brain's ability to change itself, optimize operation, reverse negative thinking patterns, and actually alter its chemical balance and physical form and function, so that happy and healthy become the default. Change your brain. Change your life. I did it. But only after a decade of depression ending in a suicide attempt that left me with a seriously compromised brain. In healing my brain, I healed my life. You can do it too. I'll tell you in plain English backed by science how you can improve your brain and life through simple practices: - diet and exercise - mindfulness and meditation - responding rather than reacting - gratitude and forgiveness - making friends with fear - visualization, thought reframing, and more. "This book is a wonderful source of insight and understanding from someone who knows firsthand the transformative powers of the brain's plasticity." Dr. Micheal Merzenich, world authority on brain plasticity and author of Soft-Wired: How The New Science Of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life "Debbie Hampton gives a behind the scenes look at the workings of the mind and brain and draws from some of the leading scientists and teachers of our time. But more than that, she weaves her own powerful story of recovery from brain injury into each chapter. She provides a refreshing and personal look into mindfulness, neuroplasticity and recovery from someone who has travelled the journey. A remarkable book that is beautifully written, compassionate and wise." Dr. Sara McKay, neuroscientist, writer and founder of Your Brain Health