the Foundations of Well-Being program uses the power of positive neuroplasticity to hardwire more happiness, resilience, self-worth, love, and peace into your brain and your life.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and New York Times bestselling author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture.

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Our thoughts can change the structure of our brains.

Everything you do creates connections within the network of your brain, and the more you repeat something, the stronger that connection gets. These connections control our reactions, emotions, behaviors, and our overall well-being.

By learning to strengthen the positive connections, you can change your brain to be more positive.

In the Foundations of Well-Being, Rick Hanson uses science-based practices to help you re-wire your brain, changing the way you react, feel, and behave. These practices will give you lasting results in happiness, resilience, peace, and inner strength.

By changing your brain, you can change your life.

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With a relentless focus on practical value, you’ll grow the twelve pillars of well-being













Just an hour a week for lasting happiness.

Each pillar includes:

  • 4 Video Presentations and 4 Practices from Dr. Rick Hanson

    Each Pillar is contains four themes, and each theme includes a video presentation and a practice from Rick - which is accompanied by a downloadable slideset and is available as an audio download.

  • Guided Experiential Activities

    Two of these creative activities included in each pillar allow extra reflection and development on the topics discussed in the pillars.

  • Forums, Guest Teacher Interviews, and Much More

    An interview with a guest teacher provides further elaboration in each pillar and stimulating conversation and insight. Forums offer opportunities to connect with others about the program and delve deeper into how the topics influence your life. Additional resources are provided such as audio, writings, suggested readings and more.

  • Handouts and Quizzes to Deepen Your Growth

    Slidesets accompany each presentation so you can review each theme at your leisure, and quizzes for each theme allow you to gauge where you’re at and how you’re progressing.

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The program’s guiding principles are:

High value

Jam-packed with inspiration, emotional support, fascinating ideas, and powerful tools

Results that last, with more happiness, love, and ease built into your brain

Special benefits for therapists, educators, coaches, healthcare professionals, and human resources trainers

24 continuing education credits available for coaches psychotherapists, social workers, and nurses for only $50

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Solid, substantive, and interesting, exploring important topics and skills

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High access

Live, interactive teleseminars with Rick Hanson throughout the program

Easy listening on the go with program content available in audio-only formats

An archive of program resources available for easy access any time

Scholarships for those who need one

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Participant-only forums with sections applying the program to particular interests, such as children, mindfulness, depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction recovery, and spiritual practice

Down-to-earth, friendly, and for the general public—the Foundations program is for everyone looking for real brain change and lasting inner strength and peace

30-day money-back guarantee!

Have questions about the program? Want to know how to use The Foundations of Well-Being to deal with anxiety, parenting, or just feeling down? Feel like you won't have enough time to commit?
Get answers to all of your questions by emailing Jenna Chandler at foundations@rickhanson.net.

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I hope that the whole world hears about this program as I am truly beginning to feel like a different person. I can't even imagine how I will feel in 47 weeks.- Sue Olson

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This course is transformative and clearly given from the soul.- Cathy M.

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This is a fabulous contribution to the human beings we are. And we need it.- Sara C.

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There’s so much in this amazing font of wisdom that I believe I could go into retreat for a year to read, watch, listen, and practice without other resources.- Ruth H

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This is the single best experience of learning I've had in recent memory. There is so much generosity here, so much value.- Julia M.

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