Peaceable, Friendly, and Fearless: The Benefits of Neuroplasticity

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Peaceable, Friendly, and Fearless:

Using Positive Neuroplasticity to Develop Calm, Compassionate Strength

with Rick Hanson, PhD

This is a fundraising event for the Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy and is co-sponsored by The Harvard Center for Wellness and Health Promotion.



We need psychological resources like grit and gratitude for resilient well-being in a challenging world. How can we grow these inner strengths?
Positive neuroplasticity shows us how to turn passing experiences into lasting changes in the brain - hardwiring an unshakable calm, compassion, and courage into the marrow of our being.

In this experiential workshop, we’ll explore:
• Why personal growth experiences don’t have enduring value for many people
• The necessary two steps of lasting change in the nervous system
• Growing the key psychological resources matched to a person’s challenges
• Managing stressors without feeling stressed
• Bringing together kindness and assertiveness, love and power
• Living with inner balance in shaky times

This experiential workshop, led by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., will offer lots of practical methods useful for both self-guided practice and in therapeutic settings. There will be time for questions and discussion. No background with meditation or neuroscience is needed.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients. 6 continuing education (CE) credits are available for licensed psychologists, social workers, LMHCs, nurses, and marriage/family therapists.

Learning Objectives:

Based on the content of this program, you will be able to-

  1. Describe three aspects of the brain’s negativity bias

  2. Describe the two-stage process of learning

  3. Describe three mechanisms of experience-dependent neuroplasticity

  4. Describe human motivations in terms of avoiding harms, approaching rewards, and attaching to others

  5. Name three psychological resources that promote resilience

  6. Describe three ways to combine kindness and assertiveness


About the Instructor:

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with 135,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

You can follow Rick on Facebook at facebook.com/BuddhasBrain.


Discounted tickets are available for IMP members, Students (with ID) and Harvard Staff (with Harvard ID or e-mail). Click the green "Tickets" button to reserve your ticket. Scholarships are also available (contact msearl@gmail.com).

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Harvard Memorial Church

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