Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

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You've heard the expression, It’s the little things that count.” It's more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works.
This guide offers simple things you can do routinely, mainly inside your mind, that will support and increase your sense of security and worth, resilience, effectiveness, well-being, insight, and inner peace. For example, they include: taking in the good, protecting your brain, feeling safer, relaxing anxiety about imperfection, not knowing, enjoying your hands, taking refuge, and filling the hole in your heart. At first glance, you may be tempted to underestimate the power of these seemingly simple practices. But they will gradually change your brain through what’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity.
Moment to moment, whatever you're aware ofsounds, sensations, thoughts, or your most heartfelt longingsis based on underlying neural activities. This book offers simple brain training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience.
Just one practice each day can help you to: Be good to yourself Enjoy life as it is Build on your strengths Be more effective at home and work Make peace with your emotions
With over fifty daily practices you can use anytime, anywhere, Just One Thing is a groundbreaking combination of mindfulness meditation and neuroscience that can help you deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Original edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608820319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608820313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

User-Friendly, Loving, Tool-Kit That Really Delivers First Aid!

178 people found this helpful.
 on October 2, 2011
By ellen holmes
I’ve been reading Rick’s newsletters for years now, in which he first presented many of the ideas and practices that have been further developed and beautifully set forth in this book. I’ve read hundreds of self-help and “spiritual” books over decades without ever having felt obliged to write a review of even the really good ones, but this book is truly special. First of all, the author deeply knows whereof he speaks. That is the actual neuroscience of how to rewire one’s brain–and therefore one’s life experience–to attain much greater happiness, true well-being, peace with one’s past, compassion for oneself and empathy for others–and therefore automatically making the world a better place. There’s no filler here, only the real stuff that matters. This book is like having a true friend who has walked the walk, and who really cares about you, right by your side. A great gift to give yourself and anyone else!

Clear, simple gems for changing your brain

70 people found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2011
By Marsha Lucas
In Just One Thing, neuropsychologist and meditation teacher Rick Hanson presents you with 52 simple practices for changing your brain, and changing the way you live your life. His focus is on cultivating what is positive, but this is not just some “feel good” collection of helpful hints — there is real substance here, pared down to what is essential for building on your strengths, becoming more resilient, and coming to peace with your emotions. I enjoy referring my patients as well as my friends to Rick’s work — his work is warm, engaging, and well-informed by his training in the brain-behavior relationship.

Feeling a difference…and I’m only on the 1st chapter!

51 people found this helpful.
 on June 2, 2012
By Becky Pourchot
I ordered this book about a week ago to help with some severe anxiety( as a result I’ve been having some uncomfortable health related side effects). I’m honestly no more then 29 pages in and feel as if its helping.

change your brain, change the world

57 people found this helpful.
 on January 23, 2012
By Mia R
Dr. Rick Hanson first established himself as a pioneer in contemplative sciences with his previous book, Buddha’s Brain. As he states on his website, “Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and other great teachers were all born with a brain built essentially like anyone else’s. Then they used their minds to change their brains in ways that changed history.” Seeking to explore, educate, & inspire ordinary humans that they too, can achieve greatness, Buddha’s Brain was born. Buddha’s Brain became wildly successful in the Western world, employing endorsements amongst psychologists, meditation teachers, scientists & scholars alike; it is now enjoying success worldwide, as it is now published in 20 different languages. As a follow up, Dr. Hanson has now published Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time.

This book is a gem!

60 people found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2011
By Judith Matz, author of Amanda’s Big Dream
Just One Thing is a fantastic resource! I am a psychotherapist and author specializing in eating problems – I help people break the diet/binge cycle and become attuned eaters. The 52 easy-to-read strategies offered in Rick’s book – such as take in the good, have compassion for yourself and relax anxiety about imperfection – are the “perfect” practices for my clients who are looking for ways to calm their anxiety without using food.

A Self-Help Book That Really Helps!

14 people found this helpful.
 on March 16, 2012
By Tom Moon
In my work as a psychotherapist I rarely recommend self-help books, because most of them aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. But once in a while a book comes along that really has the power to change our lives for the better. One such book is Just One Thing, by Rick Hanson. Rick is both a neuropsychologist and a meditation teacher, and he uses the new findings of neuroscience to show how very simple mind-training techniques, practiced for just a few minutes daily, can radically improve our well-being.


11 people found this helpful.
 on May 13, 2012
By Brooke the 3rd
This little gem will rebuild your brain.

A Great Book!

14 people found this helpful.
 on November 14, 2011
By Dad of Divas
This book was an amazing resource. With 52 simple practices that you can do to change the way that you think and live, this book is one that I would highly recommend to all. The book was insightful, down-to-earth and easy to read. Each idea that is shared is so easy to utilize in one’s life and the chapters are short and easy to understand as well so you are not lost in translation. One of the best things in each chapter is the relevance to everyday life, as the author uses real examples to illustrate his points. This is a great read for all!

Read LookInside before you buy

13 people found this helpful.
 on March 22, 2013
By A reader
This book is really rather smaller than you might expect.

Buy Buddha’s Brain instead

11 people found this helpful.
 on December 18, 2012
By tea lover
This book is good, but it’s just a list of the exercises at the end of the chapters of Buddha’s Brain. That book delves into the reasons and the neuroscience. I’d also suggest the audio CD’s of exercises. That said, this is a smaller, more compact book to carry…which is why I upped it to four stars (Buddha’s Brain gets 5+++)

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