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BONUS: Paul Gilbert on Confidence

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson interviews Dr. Paul Gilbert, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Darby and the founder of compassion focused therapy. They explore how we can grow a healthy sense of self-worth, be honest without being critical, and stop undermining our own confidence. The Foundations of Well-Being:


Episode 23: First Dart, Second Dart

On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest talk about how we can avoid “second darts” – our negative reactions to the painful experiences of life that are often more harmful than those experiences themselves. 0:40: What are the first and second darts? 2:50: An example of first and second darts. 5:15: Finding where you have influence. 7:15: Avoiding adding second darts. 12:30: Not fueling second darts. 15:00: Changing the channel on second darts. 15:50: Managing...


Episode 22: Secure and Insecure Attachment

On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest begin the strength of Confidence with an exploration of “attachment theory.” Particularly, they focus on how adults who may have had challenging childhood relationships can become more securely attached in the here and now. 1:00: The spectrum of confidence. 2:10: How does confidence “get into” the brain? 4:30: Learning confidence. 5:45: Why do we care so much about the opinions of other people? 10:30: The link between social...


Episode 21: How to Be Happy for Other People

Dr. Hanson and Forrest have a conversation about “the happiness that is always available”: happiness for others. Particularly, they explore how feelings of altruistic joy can be a powerful antidote for experiences of disappointment and envy. 0:30: Why is happiness for others such a reliable resource? 1:20: Why is feeling happy for others good for us? 3:15: Finding happiness for difficult people. 5:40: Mending relationships through happiness for others. 7:50: The naturalness of envy and...


Episode 19: Finding and Taking Pleasure

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest look at the role fully taking in the good things in life has in the process of building mental strengths. 0:20: Why focus on taking pleasure. 1:45: The many little opportunities to take pleasure. 4:05: The psychological benefits of pleasure. 6:50: Why do so many people struggle with taking pleasure? 9:45: Consumption vs. appreciation 13:00: How can we get better at taking pleasure? 16:00: Finding pleasure through...


Episode 18: Gratitude

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest move on to the fifth of the twelve strengths they’ll be covering during this series: Gratitude. During this episode they explore the role of positive emotions generally, and particularly the value of “thankfulness.” 1:00: Why use “gratitude” as a blanket term for positive emotions? 1:45: What benefits do positive emotions have for mental health? 5:55: Why did you choose to focus your work on increasing positive...


Episode 17: Relating to Your Body

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest discuss the strength of Vitality, and how it relates to grit. They explore how we can form more positive relationships with our bodies by accepting, nurturing, and appreciating them. 0:50: How does the physical resource of “vitality” impact the mental strength of “grit”? 2:10: How accepting the body helps us nurture the body. 4:10: Why is it so hard for people to accept their bodies? 8:10: How can we become more accepting...


Episode 16: Using Fierceness

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest talk about a particularly challenging aspect of the strength of determination: fierceness. They explore how the ‘feral’ parts of our mind can be a powerful resource, and how we can use that inner strength rather than be used by it. 0:40: What does “fierceness” mean? 3:20: How fierceness fuels determination. 5:20: Is how we think about fierceness defined by our individual experience? 6:20: Different ways to think about the...


Episode 15: Become More Determination

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest continue their focus on the strength of Grit with determination. Particularly, they look at the different aspects of determination, and explore how we can grow each of them over time. 0:35: How “determination” relates to grit. 2:00: Being determined to a fault. 2:50: What determination is made up of. 3:55: Being resolved toward a goal. 8:00: Balancing patience with agency. 9:30: Realistic expectations enabling...


Episode 14: Agency

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson begins a new focus on the fourth of the twelve strengths he’ll be covering throughout this series: Grit. Particularly, this episode explores how to grow agency – an aspect of grit where we feel like a cause rather than an effect. 0:30: What is grit? 0:50: How does physical grit support psychological grit? 4:45: Can we grow grit? 5:45: Why agency is important for growing grit. 6:45: How agency fights against “learned helplessness.”...


Episode 12: Key Resource Experiences

On today’s episode of the Being Well podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest talk about how we can find and use “key resource experiences” – experiences that we can match to our unique vulnerabilities in order to grow the strengths we need the most. 0:45: What is a key resource experience? 1:45: What would be useful in dealing with your issues? 2:30: How to identify your key resources. 4:00: What were the times when you were at your best? 5:15: Identifying the vulnerabilities we match key...


Episode 9: Respond, Don't React

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson explains why it’s important to respond to challenges from the “green zone” of the brain rather than reacting instinctively from the “red zone.” He then explores the biology behind these two systems, the role of mindfulness in moving from one to the other, and how to combat the brain’s evolved negativity bias. 0:45: The difference between “responding” and “reacting” 3:05: Responding vs. reacting in practice 6:45: The biology behind...


Episode 8: How to Meet Your Needs

In this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson explains why it’s not so bad to be “needy.” We all have needs for safety, satisfaction, and connection, the question is how can we meet them skillfully? Timestamps: 0:30: Why needs? 1:15: The three needs 2:55: Superficial needs 5:00: The role of mindfulness 6:00: Objections to our needs 7:00: Getting comfortable with neediness 7:50: The evolution of needs 9:00: How to address deep, rather than superficial, needs 11:30: How we can learn...


Episode 6: Mindfulness

Today Dr. Rick Hanson begins this month's topic of Mindfulness, particularly focusing on how we can use mindfulness in practical ways in the flow of our daily lives. 0:45: What do we mean by "mindfulness"? 2:05: Two ways to apply mindfulness 3:45: Mindfulness as a tool 5:15: What are you using mindfulness to DO? 6:15: How can we use mindfulness to grow strengths? 9:00: The banquet table of life 10:10: Benefits and pitfalls of mindfulness 10:55: Why does mindfulness cause us to develop...


Episode 5: Enjoying Life

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson explains why enjoying life is both easy to dismiss and surprisingly hard to do. Particularly, he explores how we can authentically find enjoyable moments even during very difficult times in our lives. 0:35 – Why is enjoying life a strength to develop? 2:00 – Enjoyment and the brain 3:15 – The importance of key experiences. 4:30 – Our cultural pitfalls around enjoyment. 7:30 – How do we grow strengths? The problem with having a...


Episode 4: Acceptance

On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest focus on the importance of acceptance. Particularly, they talk about how an authentic moment of acceptance can be a catalyst for positive growth. 0:30: The importance of facing what's true. 1:45: Feeling acceptance along with something else. 2:40: Using acceptance as a catalyst for creating change. 4:10: How can I turn "acceptance" into something useful? 5:25: What are we accepting?/Aspects of acceptance. 8:30: Can we accept...


Episode 3: Self-Compassion

Today Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore how to use self-compassion to reduce rumination, feel safe while taking big risks, and improve our relationships with other people. They also explain what makes self-compassion different from self-pity or being on your own side. Hope you enjoy! Timestamps: 0:15: What are the benefits of self-compassion? 1:30: How is self-compassion different from "being on your own side"? 1:55: What's the difference between self-compassion and self-pity? 2:30: How can...


Episode 2: Being On Your Own Side

In this episode, Dr. Hanson focuses on the importance of self-compassion - and particularly on why it's important to get "on your own side" in order to create lasting, positive change in the brain. Timestamps: 0:35: Why start with compassion? 2:10: Why it's important to be on your own side. 4:30: Why does being for yourself promote well-being? 5:45: The importance of coping. 7:30: How do we get better at being for ourselves? 11:15: How to be consistent AFTER inspiration passes. 17:05: Recap


Season 2, Episode 1: Introducing Resilience

In the first episode of his new series on Resilience, Dr. Hanson explains the importance of Resilience and HOW we can begin to grow this key strength. Timestamps: 0:30: Why resilience is important 2:05: The HOW of growing key strengths 5:00: Dealing with challenges/What's in your backpack? 6:30: Resources, challenges, and vulnerabilites 7:40: Changing the brain for the better 9:45: How is this different from just "positive thinking"? 11:10: The negativity bias 13:45: The hopefulness of...


The Foundation of Mindfulness

This week Dr. Hanson continues our focus on mindfulness with a presentation on the foundation of the four foundations of mindfulness. This includes an exploration of mindfulness in general, and the application of mindfulness to several key topics.