Your Best Brain

Your brain is the bottom-line for how you feel and act: change your brain, and you change your life.

In this four-hour workshop on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in San Rafael, CA, we covered ten great ways to change your brain for the better – for more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.

Grounded in brain science, participants learned practical, research-based ways to:

  • Feed your brain with the right foods and supplements
  • Calm down the amygdala for less anxiety and other negative emotions
  • Energize the neural networks of compassion, empathy, and love
  • Boost acetylcholine to light up the circuits of learning and memory
  • Tap into your brain’s natural core of happiness
  • Increase levels of key neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine without medication – for improved mood, attention, and motivation
  • And much, much more

The workshop was fun, down-to-earth, and super-useful! The presenters were Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at at Time and Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, and Jan Hanson, M.S., L.Ac., who wrote Nutritional Neurochemistry in Buddha’s Brain.

This workshop was a benefit for The Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, which publishes the Wise Brain Bulletin, offers all the great resources at, and hosts the Skillful Means wiki (methods for psychological and spiritual growth).

* This workshop took place on Saturday, September 25, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, St. Luke Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903.


Your Best Brain – Windows Media Audio

Category : Past Workshops Posted on September 25, 2010

4 Comments → “Your Best Brain”

  1. Elizabeth
    11 years ago

    It’s always refreshing to see really high quality accurate recommendations for diet and supplimentation, I really appreciate this presentation. Thanks!
    Have alway’s loved Rick’s work, very happy to see Jan’s!


  2. Melissa
    11 years ago

    Huge thanks for making this material freely available.


  3. Gail Storey
    11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wise and comprehensive analysis. What a wonderful contribution to our understanding of ourselves, that we might deepen our awareness, empathy for others, and stewardship of our beautiful planet.


  4. Oktay Tasdemir
    11 years ago

    What a terrific presentation with a blend of wholesome ideas with a scientific facts. I have been to this presentation and was glad to find it online so i now use it as a base as for me its the source of truth. With so much information out there it can get confusing, this presentation seems to piece together the information which intern answers most of our questions.


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