Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
These days it's hard to count on the world outside. So it's vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion--the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world.True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going. With his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop twelve vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at you, you'll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity. This practical guide is full of concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain. It includes effective ways to interact with others and to repair and deepen important relationships. Warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth, Dr. Hanson's step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He explains how to overcome the brain's negativity bias, release painful thoughts and feelings, and replace them with self-compassion, self-worth, joy, and inner peace.
"Rick and Forrest have laid out a simple, elegant matrix of powerful tools to grow that 'unshakable core of calm, strength, and happiness' that is the secret longing of every human heart. Speaking as both a psychologist and a fellow traveler, this is the most valuable, comprehensive book on human development that I've ever read."
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
"Using practical methods at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice, Dr. Rick Hanson teaches us how we can develop durable psychological resources such as grit, gratitude, and compassion - and become resilient human beings in this modern, hectic world. If you're looking to create more calm, joy, and inner peace, this is the book for you."
--Mark Hyman, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
"Rick Hanson is a brilliant and masterful guide in cultivating the traits that underlie a happy, fulfilled live. Resilient will give you exactly what you need for positive transformation: accessible and powerful strategies that awaken your natural intelligence, confidence, and heart." --Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge "Through detailed examples and exercises, we learn how to calm the mind and optimize opportunities to connect with others. Underlying this beautifully written narrative is the view that through positive experience of oneself and others, our brains rewire to promote benevolence, generosity, gratitude, and compassion."
--Stephen Porges, Ph.D., Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina
"Rick Hanson is a perfect guide for these times. In Resilient, he is both wise and scientific, practical and expansive. He names the often unconscious tilt toward negativity that so many of us have and a way to rewire our brains--and therefore, our entire orientation to being alive. His words are so reassuring, so useful, so easy to implement even when we think it and we are hopeless. If we are to make it through these challenging times, it will be by being resilient--and have Resilient by our sides."
--Geneen Roth, author of New York Times bestseller Women Food and God and This Messy Magnificent Life
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