52 practical and effective tools for building healthy relationships with everyone who matters to you based on the latest findings in neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, from the New York Times bestselling author of Neurodharma and Resilient
Relationships are usually the most important part of a person’s life. But they’re often stressful and frustrating, or simply awkward, distant, and lonely. We feel the weight of things unsaid, needs unmet, conflicts unresolved. It’s easy to feel stuck, that nothing will help.
But actually, new research shows that we create our relationships with our thoughts and words, giving us the ability to improve them—as long as we know how. In Making Great Relationships, Rick Hanson brings his trademark warmth and clarity to offer the fundamental tools and skills that foster happy, lasting, and fulfilling relationships of all kinds: at home and at work, with family and friends, and with people who are challenging.
Grounded in brain science and clinical psychology, and informed by contemplative wisdom, Love Every Day offers 52 simple yet powerful practices for building healthy relationships, including how to feel that you truly deserve good treatment from others; how to let go of toxic self-criticism; how to feel less anxious in groups; how to tap into the neural circuitry of calm strength and self-worth; how to set and keep healthy boundaries; and how to express your wants with others in ways that make them more likely to be respected and fulfilled.
Dr. Hanson’s message is based on his decades of work as a clinical psychologist, his deep knowledge of mindfulness, and his own lessons from forty years of marriage while raising two children. In bite-sized chapters, this comprehensive guide will teach you how to relate better than ever with the people in your life.
About the Author:
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, senior fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times bestselling author. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he has been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. He and his wife live in San Rafael, California, and have two adult children.