EP 183 - Encore Episode: Resilience and Well-Being

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Dr. Rick Hanson shares steps you can take every day to improve your or your child's resilience and well-being.
Air Date: 6/9/20
Duration: 29:49
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times bestselling author. His books are available in 28 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture.

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, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. In 2016 he gave a keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, Radio New Zealand, and other major media. His free offerings include the Just One Thing newsletter (over 120,000 subscribers), Buddha’s Brain Facebook (over 650,000 likes), and Being Well podcast. His online Foundations of Well-Being program helps people use positive neuroplasticity to grow key inner strengths like resilience, self-worth, and compassion, and anyone with financial need can do it for free.
  • Book Title: Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/BuddhasBrain/
EP 183 - Encore Episode: Resilience and Well-Being

Amongst all the unrest and trauma in our world lately, we're taking this week to revisit an important episode from late last year on resilience and well being.

Be mindful. Fake it until you make it. Focus on the positive.

We hear so many phrases and instructions on how to be resilient and have a positive outlook on life, but according to Dr. Rick Hanson, it all comes down to neuroscience. He explains how neurons that fire together, wire together, and he lays out practical steps you can take to definitively develop inner calm, self-worth, and emotional intelligence. 

By taking 5-10 minutes a day to sit with your positive and negative thoughts and turn them into feelings, you’ll build up strength over time that you can draw on in times of need. This practice works for both adults and children. 

Dr. Hanson encourages people to sit with their emotions after something positive happens to make sure they permanently store those feelings of accomplishment in the brain. When you have a negative experience, he recommends a three-step process.

  1. Be. Sit with the experience and try to view it with compassion and mindfulness.
  2. Let go. Release the tension from your body and disengage with any beliefs that aren’t good for you or for others. 
  3. Let in. Replace the negative feelings you’ve released with positive alternatives.
Listen as Dr. Hanson joins Dr. Taz to discuss how to become more resilient.