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Hardwiring Happiness with Rick Hanson

The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

February 20–21 | Seattle, WA

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February 20–21
9:30 AM–4:30 PM

Doors open at 9 AM

Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2738

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The Experience

Hardwiring Happiness with Rick Hanson
The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

We all need inner strengths such as resilience, positive emotions, feeling cared about, and confidence for the long and often hard road of life. These strengths largely depend on turning positive experiences into mental structure. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It's like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. This causes over-reactivity, needless worries, depression, and interpersonal conflicts. It also hampers child-rearing, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and addiction recovery.

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To solve this problem, this workshop will show how to turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources. We'll explore how to use these methods to lower anxiety and stress, lift mood, grow calm and contentment, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the brain. Topics include:

  • How your mind alone can change your brain for the better
  • Why the brain evolved a negativity bias and how this affects us today
  • The four HEAL steps that tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to build up your sense of feeling strong, happy, peaceful, and loved
  • How to have and take in the “antidote experiences” you most need, including for healing old pain
  • How to use the HEAL steps for motivation, child-rearing, recovery, depression, and trauma
  • Why taking in the good brings us home to the Responsive, “green” setting of the human brain that is the fundamental basis of long-term health and happiness

When we see the spirit of a leader like Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, or Aung San Suu Kyi, we come to realize what is possible when we meet the world from a place of loving awareness. By cultivating our capacity for balance and attunement, we can experience joyful embodiment of inner liberation, no matter what the outer circumstances.

Join us for two days of powerful practices, heartfelt reminders, clear teachings, personal skill-building, and clinical tools—shared in a warm, retreat-like setting with a loving and open community.

Continuing education credits available. Please bring a journal and pen.

The Details

Register online or at the door—space at the venue is limited, so we encourage you to reserve early.

This event is ticketless, and you will need only to check in at the door with your name or the name of the person who purchased your admission. Doors open each day at 9 AM. Please arrive early to reserve your seat.

There will be at least two 20-minute breaks during the event and a 1.5-hour lunch break each day. You may bring a notebook, journal, or small cushion for your comfort during the event.

Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2738
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Please note that this event is being recorded in audio format. The recordings may be used by Sounds True for the creation of future products. By purchasing, attending, and participating in this event, you acknowledge that Sounds True is permitted to broadcast, record, and publish your name, likeness, voice, and statement(s). These recordings are owned solely by Sounds True.

The Buzz

"Neuroscience and neuropsychology simplified. Rick Hanson's voice is gentle, kind, fun-loving, clear, and true. It is a joy to listen and learn from [him].” —Jude

"Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always generous in sharing an intelligent and warm-hearted approach to relationships. There is a lot here to take in and to try.” —Kristi N.

"Principles and concepts illuminating and helpful both in private life and professional practice.” —Paulette M.

"I am 80 years old and wish I would have had this brain information when younger in my practice.” —Will B.

"Great practices that I have found extremely useful and life-transforming. I find more information each time I listen.” —Christine P.

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9 CE Credits

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