with Heidi Hanna


with Heidi Hanna

Well-being as a Tool to Learn from Life’s Challenges, Rick Hanson is Our Guide Today
Featured Guest Rick Hanson

Are you feeling stuck in a stress mess, overwhelmed, and overstimulated by the demands of your life? Spread too thin and not prioritizing self-care because you feel like it’s selfish when so many other people need your help? Well, let’s stop for a moment. 


How much can we really help others when we’re just scraping by, ourselves? At the end of the day, we’re only really worth as much as we can give, based on the energy we have in the time that we have. 


I’m your host, Dr. Heidi Hanna, and in this stress mastery podcast, we’re talking to the experts to find out what they do to use stress as fuel for success and what they do to shift stress in a positive way when they notice it getting out of control. 


Because we’re all human, we all get stuck sometimes and we can learn so much from each other when we take an honest look at the patterns that are hurting us, and create new patterns that will help us. 


So, let’s get ready to master stress together in today’s conversation! 


If you enjoyed this conversation, please be sure to subscribe now for exclusive listener gifts and check out the show notes for links, tips, tools, and techniques. 


Until next time, please remember that stressing is a blessing, once you know how to use it for good. It gives us the energy and information to fuel positive change if we’re brave enough to look into it, stay open and curious to what it has to teach us, and then adjust our patterns in a way that will give us even more capacity to cope and when. When we do that together, we increase the energy we have to bring to the time that we have and we’re better together. So please, be good to yourself, and I’ll see you next week. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • [1:12] Dr. Hanna welcomes listeners and shares how she met this week’s guest, Dr. Rick Hanson — neuroscientist, clinical psychologist, therapist, best-selling author, business consultant, meditation retreat leader and much more! 
  • [3:09] Rick delves into what his new book Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, is about. 
  • [5:30] If well-being comes from resilience, where does resilience come from? 
  • [7:19] Dr. Hanna asks Rick for a practical example of a quick and focused intervention to help the brain rewire itself. 
  • [9:44] Rick talks about the way people learn and the way it ties into their sense of self-worth. 
  • [11:32] Dr. Heidi moves the conversation to hear Rick’s thoughts on the negativity bias which is a struggle that people are not talking about a lot. 
  • [14:19] What to do about this stone-age brain of ours? 
  • [15:07] Dr. Hanna touches on the importance of the challenge as a growth factor. 
  • [17:09] The discussion on challenge brings Rick to open up about the challenging roots that brought about his new book. 
  • [19:15] Dr. Hanna asks Rick why he thinks meditation is so helpful. 
  • [23:26] Dr. Hanna thanks her friend and guest and wraps up the show until next week. 

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