Free Public Lectures

March 22, 2016
Free Public Lectures
Dr. Rick Hanson
Mindful Cultivation: Growing Happiness, Compassion, Resilience, and Other Inner Strengths
7:00 - 8:30 pm  »  Kane Hall 130

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We grow happiness, compassion, resilience, and other inner strengths in ourselves and our children by turning passing experiences of them into lasting changes in the brain. Unfortunately, most beneficial experiences wash through us like water through a sieve, while stressful, painful experiences “stick" due to the brain’s negativity bias. Mindfulness of passing mental states is not enough: this talk will explore how to deepen an embodied intimacy with beneficial experiences - without clinging to them - to increase their encoding in neural networks. Then daily life at home, at school, and in clinical settings is full of opportunities for lasting healing, growth, and transformation.

Dr. Hanson will be signing books after the lecture. You can purchase Hardwiring Happiness;  Buddha’s Brain; Just One Thing from the University Bookstore table before and after the lecture. 

About the Presenter

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 110,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity. (

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