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Publisher's Summary

These days it’s hard to count on the world outside. So, it’s vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion - the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world.

True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going.

With his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times best-selling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop 12 vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity.

This practical guide is full of concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain. It includes effective ways to interact with others and to repair and deepen important relationships.

Warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth, Dr. Hanson’s step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He explains how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias, release painful thoughts and feelings, and replace them with self-compassion, self-worth, joy, and inner peace.

©2018 Forrest Hanson, Rick Hanson (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Rick and Forrest have laid out a simple, elegant matrix of powerful tools to grow that 'unshakable core of calm, strength, and happiness' that is the secret longing of every human heart. Speaking as both a psychologist and a fellow traveler, this is the most valuable, comprehensive book on human development that I’ve ever read." (Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind)

"Using practical methods at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice, Dr. Rick Hanson teaches us how we can develop durable psychological resources such as grit, gratitude, and compassion - and become resilient human beings in this modern, hectic world. If you're looking to create more calm, joy, and inner peace, this is the book for you." (Mark Hyman, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine)

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This is Rick Hanson's BEST book yet!

I listened to the whole book in two days.

Somehow the author(s) has managed to synthesize all of his best teaching and put into the pages of this book.

Resilient, is my new favorite book by Rick Hanson.

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Super good!

I really love this book! Lots of good advice, even you know all of this , its like a good smart friend who reminds you these things in your bad days! This book is something what i like to listen many many times more! Thank you Rick Hanson ❤️

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Powerful, soothing guide to equanimity

Rick helps center your mind and relieve your anxiety and stress. His HEAL steps required me to listen a few times as it takes practice to step through each phase of healing your mind. Fantastic pace and neighborly tone that makes listening enjoyable.

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Being mentored by a loving old friend.

This book has made me have some A-ha moments and has shifted my perspective in a lot of ways! The narration feels kind and loving like the author has known me my whole life and wishes the best for me.

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How To Do Life - (Listen to this Gem)

Amazing book. I just finished and I am already reviewing my notes each day to keep it fresh in my thoughts. I’ve had a year of therapy due to life stresses and had learned a lot about mindfulness, meditation and wise speech. It probably primed me to be so receptive to this book, but anyone will get so much out of this. The author/narrator was incredible. His voice was calming and encouraging and energizing. Each morning on my walk, I looked forward to listening and learning as I took notes. Thank you, Rick Hanson for keeping me on track. Definitely a book to listen to again and again. Well worth the credit.

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Don’t miss out on improving your life!

This is an absolute must-read. Rick Hanson once again provides us with a primer on how to manage the challenges of life. He provides straightforward, structured, no nonsense guidelines with the invitation to the individualize as needed. It is articulate, accessible, and nothing short of absolutely brilliant. Read this and buy it for everybody you care about, and those who don’t care about so they can be better people!

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Must read!

Easy to listen to speaker feeling like I was visiting with a friend. Examples and great exercises to implement learnings. Love this book!! I need to listen again so many gems. Brilliant Rick, thanks!