Taking in the Good Presentation

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What if you could use your own mind, what you think about, how you feel, and where you put attention, to change your brain for the better? In my early 20s I began to realize that if I stayed with the experience of good facts, if I really absorbed them and let them sink into me, I would ultimately start to feel better.

This is one of the foundations of my theory on Taking in the Good, which I believe is an easy and highly effective way to bring more happiness and joy into our everyday lives. I go into more detail on the theory and practice of Taking in the Good in the video below from my presentation at Chicago Ideas Week. I hope you enjoy!


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About the Author

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. 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. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers.

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