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Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time [Kindle Edition]

Rick Hanson
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Book Description


You've heard the expression, “It’s the little things that count.” It's more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works.



This guide offers simple things you can do routinely, mainly inside your mind, that will support and increase your sense of security and worth, resilience, effectiveness, well-being, insight, and inner peace. For example, they include: taking in the good, protecting your brain, feeling safer, relaxing anxiety about imperfection, not knowing, enjoying your hands, taking refuge, and filling the hole in your heart.  At first glance, you may be tempted to underestimate the power of these seemingly simple practices. But they will gradually change your brain through what’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity.



Moment to moment, whatever you're aware of—sounds, sensations, thoughts, or your most heartfelt longings—is based on underlying neural activities. This book offers simple brain training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience.



Just one practice each day can help you to:




Be good to yourself


Enjoy life as it is


Build on your strengths


Be more effective at home and work


Make peace with your emotions



With over fifty daily practices you can use anytime, anywhere, Just One Thing is a groundbreaking combination of mindfulness meditation and neuroscience that can help you deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.




Editorial Reviews

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“These are great practices—wise and straightforward, scientific and nourishing. They can transform your life.”
—Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of The Wise Heart and A Path with Heart

Just One Thing is full of simple, down-to-earth steps you can take to experience greater happiness and love in your life. Based in brain science, but written beautifully from the heart, this book is a gem.”
—Marci Shimoff, author of Happy for No Reason



“Most people want to be happier, healthier, less stressed, and more self-accepting, but it’s often hard to find time to work toward these goals. The brilliance of this book is that it offers powerful, targeted practices that can be done easily throughout the day to help people reach their highest potential.”
—Kristin Neff, PhD, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Self-Compassion



“Delightfully clear and practical, this book distills profound insights from ancient wisdom traditions, modern psychology, and cutting-edge neurobiology into simple techniques anyone can use to live a happier, saner, more rewarding life. I felt more awake and alive after reading just a few pages.”
—Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindfulness Solution



“If you are looking for bite-sized daily practices that can open your heart and clear your mind, Just One Thing deserves to be at the top of your reading list. Grounded in fascinating science, psychological understanding, and timeless wisdom, this book offers a rich assortment of entirely simple, doable ways you can find more happiness and ease.”
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Happiness



“Rick Hanson has done the work for us, distilling decades of self-inquiry and key psychological research into fifty-two essential skills for healthy, happy living. This deceptively simple book is a trustworthy guide to living our lives more deeply and fully. Read, practice, and your brain will surely return the favor.”
—Christopher K. Germer, PhD, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion



“This gem of a book is the perfect follow-up to Rick Hanson’s brilliant Buddha’s Brain. Just One Thing offers dozens of easy-to-learn practices that slowly work their magic on our brains, making it possible for all of us to dwell in the peaceful contentment of a Buddha. Just One Thing is one of those rare books that becomes a lifelong companion—never far out of reach.”
—Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers



“Is it improper to be begged by someone you don’t know to buy a book? Then call me improper because I am begging you to give yourself the miracle of Rick Hanson’s grounded science and earthy spirituality. Keep this book close by while giving copies to everyone you love.”
—Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book and The Life Organizer



“What a way to go through life! These simple yet profound practices train the brain, open the heart, and enhance well-being. Rick Hanson provides the map. If you follow it, you’ll surely increase your happiness and awaken your joy!”
—James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy

From the Publisher

Combining meditative principles with fascinating neuroscientific research, Just One Thing presents more than fifty simple practices readers can do each day to wire the brain for increased happiness, positive thinking, and wisdom. Written by Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain, this pocket-sized book helps readers reap the benefits of meditation through simple five to ten-minute practices they can access anytime, anywhere.


Product Details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608820319
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Original edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LQ6UNO
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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I've been reading Rick's newsletters for years now, in which he first presented many of the ideas and practices that have been further developed and beautifully set forth in this book. I've read hundreds of self-help and "spiritual" books over decades without ever having felt obliged to write a review of even the really good ones, but this book is truly special. First of all, the author deeply knows whereof he speaks. That is the actual neuroscience of how to rewire one's brain--and therefore one's life experience--to attain much greater happiness, true well-being, peace with one's past, compassion for oneself and empathy for others--and therefore automatically making the world a better place. There's no filler here, only the real stuff that matters. This book is like having a true friend who has walked the walk, and who really cares about you, right by your side. A great gift to give yourself and anyone else!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, simple gems for changing your brain October 17, 2011
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In Just One Thing, neuropsychologist and meditation teacher Rick Hanson presents you with 52 simple practices for changing your brain, and changing the way you live your life. His focus is on cultivating what is positive, but this is not just some "feel good" collection of helpful hints -- there is real substance here, pared down to what is essential for building on your strengths, becoming more resilient, and coming to peace with your emotions. I enjoy referring my patients as well as my friends to Rick's work -- his work is warm, engaging, and well-informed by his training in the brain-behavior relationship.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars change your brain, change the world January 23, 2012
By ADR
Format:Paperback
Dr. Rick Hanson first established himself as a pioneer in contemplative sciences with his previous book, Buddha's Brain. As he states on his website, "Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and other great teachers were all born with a brain built essentially like anyone else's. Then they used their minds to change their brains in ways that changed history." Seeking to explore, educate, & inspire ordinary humans that they too, can achieve greatness, Buddha's Brain was born. Buddha's Brain became wildly successful in the Western world, employing endorsements amongst psychologists, meditation teachers, scientists & scholars alike; it is now enjoying success worldwide, as it is now published in 20 different languages. As a follow up, Dr. Hanson has now published Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time.

Just One Thing is a crowning jewel amongst contemplative science works. Building off of the great teachers- Jesus, Moses, the Buddha- the book offers tiny tidbits of knowledge that can lead to big changes in the brain; changes Dr. Hanson calls a "buddha's brain". Despite what many associate with the label (religion), a "buddha's brain" is for anyone who wants be truly happy and effective, including those who appreciate the more secular applications of science. In fact, the book steers clear of discussing religion, and instead discusses methods for seeing reality. Dr. Hanson begins by educating the reader on our brain's "negativity bias"; that in fact our brains are wired to place more importance on negative news than positive news. For folks who automatically took this to be bad news, fear not. We can change the brain's bad news bias, by simply choosing to see the good on a regular basis. Dr.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem! October 17, 2011
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Just One Thing is a fantastic resource! I am a psychotherapist and author specializing in eating problems - I help people break the diet/binge cycle and become attuned eaters. The 52 easy-to-read strategies offered in Rick's book - such as take in the good, have compassion for yourself and relax anxiety about imperfection - are the "perfect" practices for my clients who are looking for ways to calm their anxiety without using food.

I will also be keeping this book on my own nightstand! While I already practice meditation daily, the wisdom in these pages are gentle reminders about how to live life more fully and joyfully. I'm a big fan of Buddha's Brain, and Just One Thing is a wonderful complement - thank you, Rick!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a small, warm invitation to a better life December 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
Books on living more mindfully can sometimes be written in ways that I find off-putting -- sometimes too dense, sometimes as if they're written in code, or for me, "too spiritual". Just One Thing completely avoids all of the usual traps, and allows you to take a small bit as a time, hang out with it, and work it into your daily life. It appeals to the intellectual side of me that likes to know why or how something works - the author is a neuropsychologist as well as a meditation teacher. He manages to convey it all like he's a friend, not an "expert" or some boring lecturer. I'm planning on giving this to friends as gifts - we could all need a little mindfulness for the holiday season, and this is just the right dose.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read LookInside before you buy March 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book is really rather smaller than you might expect.
It is a practical workbook style companion to the authors Buddha's Brain.

The premise is based on the brain science maxim "Neurons that fire together, wire together", a jingle that embraces the idea that practice will "gradually change your brain through what's called experience-dependent
neuroplasticity." Your DNA will express differently over time if you have the discipline to work toward change. Old underused habits will be displaced.

The fifty two chapters are meant to offer a year long weekly practice topic if you choose to use the book that way. These are not just a trendy pile of opinions tossed out by the author, he offers citations for the academic research that underlie the ideas presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I do like this book
I do like this book. It is kind of a book of Buddhist headline recommendations for living. I recognize what he is doing here. Read more
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I have used these quotes over and over in my daily life. Love the book!
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Published 6 days ago by Melissa L.
5.0 out of 5 stars No lost in translation, wonderful
To the point, which I love. Rick doesn't bat around the bush and try to fill up with words.I have the Cd one, because I love listening when I drive, it's like my own private... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Shenphen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Absolutely great book! Every chapter contains valuable tools that can easily be incorporated in your daily life-whatever type big lifestyle one has. Read more
Published 12 days ago by niffer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the clarity and simplicity of Rick's writing
I love the clarity and simplicity of Rick's writing. This little book contains a wealth of useful information about brain transformation, in a refreshingly nonjudgmental way.
Published 18 days ago by Sharon the Seeker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 19 days ago by Hackney
5.0 out of 5 stars Just One Thing that adds depth and growth to my (difficult) days!...
This is a companion piece to Hanson's book Buddha's Brain, but I have several friends who have borrowed this little book without the larger (also wonderful) book, and we are all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KEM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, gives 52 tips so one a week
Good, gives 52 tips so one a week, gives ways to do the week's task. The author helps you see how to do it, he doesn't
just telling you what to do.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A book filled with helpful hints on how to relax and be in the moment.
Published 2 months ago by Erika
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More About the Author

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 14 languages), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. 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.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson's work has been featured on CBS, BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine, and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter - Just One Thing - has over 100,000 subscribers and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

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