Rick Hanson is the author, most recently, of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (2013). This talk is based on the book and focuses on how to switch our brains from the negativity bias they have evolved to favor to a more positive and healing orientation, one that supports resilience and well-being.
Location: Anat Baniel Method Center, San Rafael, CATo learn more about the HEAL steps, this 10-minute audio walks listeners through the steps: Feeling Cared About.
Date: September 28, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
Studies show that positive emotions are the primary source of resilience, well-being, kindness toward others, and strong relationships, plus a major factor in physical health and longevity. Unfortunately, the brain evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive; it's like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. This built-in bias creates a bottleneck in the brain that makes it hard to get the lasting value we need from our positive emotions. To solve this problem, this talk will present the four simple HEAL steps of taking in the good, which turn passing experiences into durable neural resources. With a very practical focus, we’ll explore how to use these methods to lower anxiety and frustration, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the body.
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