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This Is Your Brain on Mindfulness: New Book Explains

Posted by >>>>> on January 14, 2010

Lorna Garano

New book explains how mindfulness rewires the brain for greater happiness.

Oakland, CA, January 14, 2010–In his new book, BUDDHA’S BRAIN: THE PRACTICAL NEUROSCIENCE  OF HAPPINESS, LOVE & WISDOM (New Harbinger Publications, paperback, November 2009) neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., provides a guided tour of the exciting recent research that reveals how the brain can change and adapt. He also explains  how science is showing that the ancient practice of mindfulness can rewire the brain for greater happiness and peace.

Hanson is available for interview. He can:

*   Explain why our brains evolved to be “like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones;”

*   Reveal how paying attention to and “taking in” the small but positive experiences of daily life rewires the brain for happiness;

*   Offer a lay-person’s primer on the neuroscience of stress, and explain how today’s turbulent times are lighting up our stress circuits like a Christmas tree;

*   Provide a lay person’s explanation of the exciting research that shows how the brain can change, and reveal how this gives us greater control over our own happiness and well being;

*   Offer step-by-step mindfulness meditations and other simple techniques for rewiring the brain for greater serenity and happiness;

*   Explain how to adapt ancient meditation techniques for better performance at home and work and in relationships;

*   Reveal the health benefits of mindfulness;

*   Explain how to tailor a mindfulness program to your particular temperament and needs;

*  Explain why Buddhist practices like mindfulness and meditation are becoming part of mainstream Western psychology.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and meditation teacher. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, he cofounded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin. He and his wife have two children.


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