How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness | Greater Good

By Rick Hanson | September 26, 2011 | 3 Comments
Rick Hanson explains how you can intentionally change your brain to create lasting happiness and well-being.
This month, we feature videos of a Greater Good presentation by Rick Hanson, the best-selling author and trailblazing psychologist. In this excerpt from his talk, Dr. Hanson explains how we can take advantage of the brain’s natural “plasticity”—it’s ability to change shape over time.
There’s this great line by Ani Tenzin Palmo, an English woman who spent 12 years in a cave in Tibet: “We do not know what a thought is, yet we’re thinking them all the time.”

It’s true. The amount of knowledge we have about the brain has doubled in the last 20 years. Yet there’s still a lot we don’t know.

In recent years, though, we have started to better understand the neural bases of states like happiness, gratitude, resilience, love, compassion, and so forth. And better understanding them means we can skillfully stimulate the neural substrates of those states—which, in turn, means we can strengthen them. Because as the famous saying by the Canadian scientist Donald Hebb goes, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”

Ultimately, what this can mean is that with proper practice, we can increasingly trick our neural machinery to cultivate positive states of mind.

But in order to understand how, you need to understand three important facts about the brain.

Fact one: As the brain changes, the mind changes, for better or worse.
Fact two: As the mind changes, the brain changes.
Fact three: You can use the mind to change the brain to change the mind for the better.

Happiness Makes Your Brain Work Better |

Happiness Makes Your Brain Work Better |
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significantly increases your level of optimism and it holds for the next six months.
The research is amazing. It proves we actually can change."
..."happiness leads to greater levels of profits".

Art Therapy in Seattle: Let the Pictures Do the Talking

From the Rodale book, New Choices in Natural Healing for Women:
Art Therapy

Art Therapy in Seattle

Let the Pictures Do the Talking

Women being treated at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle sometimes get modeling clay with their chemotherapy, paint pots with their postsurgical painkillers or pastels with their kidney dialysis treatment.
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Clayworks in Art Therapy

Playing the Sacred Circle
David's Henley Book

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Clay is universally recognized as a medium of creative expression, and it also has great potential for therapeutic application. These two properties of clay are celebrated together in a book that explores the history, theory and techniques of claywork in eliciting therapeutic outcomes. Read moreCollapse )

I hope to develop these communities some day…

My communities:

I have opened these communities
and I am hoping that eventually I’ll do more to give them real birth…

I mean that I hope to develop them some day…



breaking_throug Breaking_through_impossibilities
In Russian

happy_health happy_health
I don't know yet about what language to use in this journal.

healthy_brain Brain Recovery
In English

mind_healthy Healthy Mind
In English
tsunami_loss Tsunami & Earthquake Survivors
In English

                                      In Russian

And this is exactly what’s happening with YOUR head!…

Tue, 16 Nov 2004 01:39:02

My dear J.!


It’s so important for me…

Since every night I am trying to put myself to sleep
half night (if not all of the night) up till 3-4-5am…
Then I sleep up till 2-3pm…
Then work or going to GYM (!)…
Then it’s time to sleep again…
So fight begins…
Unsleeping fight for the sleeping time…

And so on… Over and over… All of this time…

Now I am sitting here… Writing you letter…
Of course, everyone here around me is sleepy…

I have tones of the energy when I am awake...
But I am awake for such a short time!
I guess, I need some more time to sleep!

Of course, I know what it means -
God is making (forcing me) get some serious
life-escape foe some serious rest...
That’s what I fight...

Isn't it silly?.. That's how we are...

Most of us... Most of the time...

Are we listening?.. Aha!!! Yes!!! NOT AT ALL!!!

And this is exactly what’s happening with YOUR head!…
Unending story of neverresting girl…

What are we doing?