Symposium Highlight

Living with Life’s Uncertainties

Wisdom from Rick Hanson's Networker Symposium Keynote

We’re living in uncertain times. And when we overthink—ruminate about—the potentially negative or frightening outcomes of the unknown, it can be send us spiraling into debilitating anxiety and depression, even though we may know deep down that this uncertainty is beyond our control.

Rick Hanson, psychologist and bestselling author of Neurodharma and Hardwiring Happiness, understands this well. “It’s hard to live with uncertainties, with all the question marks,” he says. “But if we fight the fact of not knowing for sure, we just make things worse.”

In his unforgettable 2016 Networker Symposium address, “How Hard Times Can Open the Heart,” Hanson explained how becoming more mindful of our body, thoughts, and the linkage between the two can make us happier, more gracious, and less fearful of the unknown.
Over 80 percent of the information processed in the brain comes from the body, Hanson says. Like a night watchman, it calls out to the brain, saying, “In this moment, everything’s alright.”

If your clients have trouble processing a fear of the unknown, or just struggle with general anxiety, paying attention to the body can be a valuable tool for healing, allowing them to slow their racing mind and make peace with the inevitability of uncertainty.


Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness (Harmony, 2016), Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), Just One Thing Card Deck (PESI, 2018), and Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002).  He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs.