"It's hard to live with uncertainties, with all the question marks," says Rick Hanson, psychologist and bestselling author of Hardwiring Happiness. "But if we fight the fact of not knowing for sure," he adds, "we just make things worse."
In the following video clip from Rick's unforgettable 2016 Networker Symposium address, "How Hard Times Can Open the Heart," Rick shares how becoming more mindful of our body, our thoughts, and the linkage between the two can make us happier, more appreciative, and less fearful of the uncertainties in our lives.
Over 80 percent of the information processed in the brain comes from the body, says Rick. And often, he adds, like a night watchman, it calls out to the brain, saying, "In this moment, everything's alright."
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and New York Times bestselling author. A Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
If you're seeing clients in your office who have trouble processing a fear of the unknown, or who just struggle with general anxiety, mindfulness techniques like these can be a valuable tool for healing, allowing them to slow their racing minds and make peace with the inevitability of uncertainty.
"It’s easy to dismiss positive experiences as lightweight, new age, pie-in-the-sky fluff—mere 'positive thinking,' says Rick. "But these good moments are actually the building blocks of self-regulation, secure attachment, self-esteem, and positive mood. We grow inner strengths by having experiences of them."
Did you enjoy this video? Check out Rick's article on psychotherapy's fascination with brain science in "The Next Big Step." You might also like "The Motherhood Marathon," in which Rick explains how to help clients who have been overwhelmed by motherhood and need help with the modern challenges of raising a family.
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