RICK HANSON, PH.D.,

is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. - with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has about 200,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need.

Dr. Hanson has lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails. 

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GUEST EXPERTS

For each Pillar of Well-Being, Rick interviews a leading scholar or teacher about that topic. These conversations are practical and penetrating, and often explore the guest expert's personal relationship to different aspects of their pillar. 

Self-Caring

Tara Brach

Mindfulness

Jack Kornfield

Vitality

Anat Baniel

Gratitude

Gretchen Rubin

Confidence

Paul Gilbert

Motivation

John Ratey

Intimacy

Sue Carter

Aspiration

Dan Siegel

Service

James Doty

BONUS EXPERTS

Rick also interviews additional scholars or teachers about other aspects of well-being. These in-depth explorations focus on ideas and tools you can use in your everyday life.

Gratitude

BOB EMMONS

Gratitude

MARCI SHIMOFF

Happiness

Neil Pasricha

Vitality

Jan Hanson

Addiction

KEVIN GRIFFIN

Intimacy

LINDA GRAHAM

Spirituality

TERRY PATTEN

Chronic Pain

VIDYAMALA BURCH

Trauma

Peter Levine

Service

Michelle Kinder

Mindfulness

Michael Taft

Sensitivity

Julie Bjelland

Aspiration

Roger Housden

Spirituality

Pouria Montazeri

Trauma

Sue Jones

Disability

Juliana Carvalho

Courage

Imee Contreras

Interpersonal Abuse

Rhonda Freeman

Spirituality

ANDREW DREITCER