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2 The Greater Good Science Center The Greater Good Science Center Resources for a compassionate and resilient society Resources for a compassionate and resilient society Online Magazine Online Magazine : Find award-winning articles, : Find award-winning articles, parenting blog, videos, podcasts, and more at parenting blog, videos, podcasts, and more at Events: Events: The The Science of A Meaningful Life Science of A Meaningful Life Science: Science: Research fellowships Research fellowships Books: Books: Born To Be Good, The Compassionate Born To Be Good, The Compassionate Instinct, Raising Happiness, Are We Born Racist? Instinct, Raising Happiness, Are We Born Racist?
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3 Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace Greater Good Science Center UC Berkeley, November 16, 2013 Rick Hanson, Ph.D. The Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom
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4 Topics Self-directed neuroplasticity “Taking in the good” (TG) The evolving brain Healing old pain
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5 Self-Directed Neuroplasticity
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6 [People] ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations. Hippocrates
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8 Mental activity entails underlying neural activity.
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9 Repeated mental activity entails repeated neural activity. Repeated neural activity builds neural structure.
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11 Lazar, et al. 2005. Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. Neuroreport , 16, 1893-1897.
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12 The Opportunity We can use the mind To change the brain To change the mind for the better To benefit ourselves and other beings.
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13 The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good. Bertrand Russell
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14 Growing Inner Strengths
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16 Inner Strengths Include Virtues (e.g., patience, energy, generosity, restraint) Executive functions (e.g., meta-cognition) Attitudes (e.g., optimism, openness, confidence) Capabilities (e.g., mindfulness, emotional intelligence, resilience) Positive emotions (e.g., gratitude, self-compassion) Approach orientation (e.g., curiosity, exploration)
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17 Inner Strengths Are Built From Brain Structure
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