How to cultivate happiness in your brain

Increase your happiness by learning how to take in the good

The science of positive neuroplasticity

 

In these challenging times, many of us are dealing with regular negative thoughts and feelings. It is easy to get sucked in by the negative news and be overwhelmed by anxiety and helplessness. But it does not need to be that way. As the challenges rise we need to focus on building up inner resources that can help us feel peaceful and content in the midst of the chaos. 

Many people think that their happiness depends on external factors. money, professional success, love, even the weather... . But what if you could learn to be happy independent of what life throws at you? Would it not be wonderful to know how to restore your happiness when something unwanted happens and to enjoy the good things more fully? In this course you will learn tools and practices that can bring more joy, peace and fulfilment to your life.

Neuroscientist Dr Rick Hanson has developed a method to transform ordinary day-to-day experiences into inner strengths, such as resilience, self-confidence, compassion, joy and a feeling of being loved. The mindful internalisation of such psychological resources can help us deal with feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, loss and shame, and support our well-being, emotional healing and resilience.

The brain is continually remodelling itself as we learn from our experiences. When we repeatedly stimulate a circuit in our brain, we strengthen it. Because our brains are like Velcro for the bad and Teflon for the good, frustration, worry and stress are quickly wired into your nervous system.

To beat this negativity bias, we will teach you a powerful method - using the science of positive neuroplasticity - for turning everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths including mindfulness, self-compassion and confidence, for truly resilient well-being.

We will show you practical tools to transform ordinary day-to-day experiences into inner strengths, such as resilience, self-confidence, compassion, joy and a feeling of being loved. The mindful internalisation of such psychological resources can help us deal with feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, loss, and shame, and support well-being, emotional healing, and resilience.

Humans needs are categorized into 3 different needs: Safety, satisfaction and connection. Through experiencing and practicing we can learn internalize resources that satisfy the needs in theses three areas and increasingly grow an internal core of strength. 

Our courses combine basic information about the relevant functions of the brain with practical exercises and specific meditations. It is recommended for everyone would like to deepen a sense of peace, joy, and love. It builds on the idea that the mind is like a garden which needs to be maintained and cultivated, because if it is left to itself it will develop some unhelpful thinking patterns. With mindfulness we can learn to see clearly what is there and learn to practice equanimity, a sense of being at peace with how things are right now. We can further train and change our brain for the better through positive neuroplasticity which will in turn have an effect on our mind and thus create an upwards spiral.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a psychologist and expert in modern neuroscience and best-seeling author has developed a powerful method called HEAL to internalize inner strengths and in that sense to "hardwire happiness". The course will take you step by step through this method by applying it to the different needs and thereby tapping into an increasing sense of peace, contentment and love. 

The four steps in HEAL are:

H- Have a good experience- notice that you are having a good experience or deliberately create one 

E- Enrich it- stay with it for  at least 10 to 20 seconds, open to the feelings and try to feel them in your body

A- Absorb- intend and sense the experience so that i really lands within your brain, i.e. by using an image such as holden dust or gentle rain sinking into you.

L-Link positive with negative material (this is an optional step which requiresa safe envionment and a skilled teacher). As you are having the posivie experience in the foreground opening up to a negative experience in the background. With repetition and training the positive experience can overwrite and heal the difficult experiences from the past.  

 This powerful method can make a real difference in your life. Beate Trück is trained and authorised by Rick Hanson to teach this method and has brought to many participants in the past years. 

 With this training you will learn to:

  • Develop an increased self-confidence and feeling of agency
  • Experience a greater sense of resilience and the ability to bounce back more quickly in difficult times
  • Have a greater feeling of joy, peace and happiness
  • Be able to rise to challenges by motivating yourself and overcoming old fears and pains
  • Become more focused and calmer with a strong sense of inner peace
  • Feel more connected and compassionate
  • Reduce unnecessary cravings and feel more satisfied with your life
  • Heal old wounds that are preventing you from being happy and fulfilled (with an execption of trauma that should only be dealt with a therapist)
  • Discover 15 ways to feel good

 

The training combines elements of brain science with practical exercises and guided meditations. No prior knowledge is required to follow the course. You are welcome as you are. 

We offer positive neuroplasticity trainings for individuals and for organisations. You can find further information and register here or contact us at info@brusselsmindfulness.be