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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) [Paperback]

Jon Kabat-Zinn , Chade-Meng Tan , Colin Goh
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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (2 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062116932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062116932
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book... 29 Aug 2012
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It is a good book with lots of good advice in it. There are lots of books on this subject but this one presents it in a funny way whcih is easy to digest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really inspiring 13 Jan 2013
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This is probably the best book on Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness in the workplace that I have ever read in my life. Really well written, with a great "solid" information balanced with a nice dose of humor of the author. I think that everyone who works in an office and want to become a better professional, as well as a better person, should really get this awesome book.
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Written in a funny, easy to read style, Chade makes what could be quite a complicated concept easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!!! 24 April 2012
By Robert Piper - Published on Amazon.com
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This guy is absolutely hilarious! According to the forward in the book by one of the leading pioneers of mindfulness named Jon Kabat-Zinn, Meng carry's around a business card that says "The jolly good fellow of Google (which nobody can deny)."

Meng designed a meditation system at Google; to make the practice more accessible to people, he calls it, "Search Inside Yourself" its designed to work on three things.

1. Attention training

2. Self-knowledge and self-mastery

3. Creating useful mental habits.

This books is full of ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life, he explains in-depth how to manage harmful emotions with mindfulness. It also contains a great deal of science backing up all of his claims, not to mention the book contains personal testimonials from other Google employees, about how a mindfulness practice has influence their life.

As he says in the book about creating useful mental habits, " Imagine whenever you meet anybody, your habitual, instinctive first thought is, I wish for this person to be happy. Having such habits changes everything at work, because this sincere goodwill is picked up unconsciously by others." This is one hundred percent possible by incorporating a consistent mediate practice into your life similar to the one laid out in this book.

America is ranked very low in the level of happiness on several recent polls and studies. This is something that bothers me, and I would generally like to see more people partaking in any type of available meditation practice or a practice that is similar to Search Inside Yourself even if they only incorporate five to ten minutes a day. I've been mediating for close to a decade, and I spend four hours a day doing it, because I think it's the most incredible tool for consistent states of happiness.

Meng also explains how emotional intelligence is one of the best predictors of success and fulfillment in life. He outlines several mindfulness strategies in the book to work on your emotional intelligence.

This book is a wonderful introduction to mindfulness, as well as a great book for advanced practitioners.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness starts inside your head 28 April 2012
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an interesting book and has valuable information for those who wonder why nothing seems to satisfy or fulfill themselves. While I don't think this is a complete guide to how to live a fulfilled life, I'm going to review what IS in this book and not what IS NOT here.

The author, who has had a successful career as one of Google's early pioneering engineers, covers meditation and mindfulness as well as emotional intelligence. The combination of familiar information we all hear touted daily about meditation and philosophical attitudes that derive from Buddhism, with psychological techniques and knowledge of emotional intelligence is powerful stuff. The question is, will every reader be able to implement these concepts? Possibly not--but if you find there are areas of, say, emotional intelligence that you cannot grasp or you cannot seem to master, it's a signpost for you. Perhaps someone, a professional counselor, pastor, teacher or other guide can give you tools to move you past the roadblock.

The text is easy to read and well-illustrated with amusing cartoons and drawings. The book is engaging. Yes, there are many many of these "new-age" how to be happy books, but this one is so clearly written and so concise, I think it has a place on your bookshelf.

The emotional intelligence section, in particular, is laid out as clearly as a roadmap. Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills are the five pillars. In additional to getting you to a happier state, emotional intelligence can boost your work performance, and improve your relationships. The author chooses a most delightful example of someone who learns emotional intelligence: Ebenezer Scrooge! My fave, A Christmas Carol. Who doesn't love the story of the reformed curmudgeon, who goes from an insensitive, mean, unhappy man who begrudges even a handful of warming coals to his hapless clerk, to the joyfully generous uncle who dispenses his bounty only to find the more he gives, the happier he himself becomes. Great example, and the five steps of emotional intelligence are all there in Scrooge as he transforms himself in the Christmas miracle.

If you are unfamiliar with the concepts of emotional intelligence and of mindfulness and being in the moment, this is an easy-to-read book that can entice you to delve deeper into the subject. And it may be a bit of an "aha!" moment...if I feel unhappy, I can change that inside my head. And if I spread meanness and bad thoughts and actions, happiness is going to elude me forever. Great book. Recommended!
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, insightful and rational. A great way in to meditation. 27 April 2012
By Trevor C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found Search Inside Yourself to be a terrific guide to the world of mindfulness meditation. I'd meditated before, but this book got me reengaged with mindfulness and back into a daily practice. Now I find myself using the techniques from the book on the daily basis.

As an engineer from google, the author takes an evidence-based analytical approach to meditation, which really resonated with me. The exercises and techniques were clear and I didn't feel silly/crazy doing them, like I do with some meditation stuff. Also, the whole book is full of jokes and is just a joy to read.

If you're someone who's looking to learn about meditation, then I highly recommend this book. It's made me a better boss, a better friend and overall a happier person!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book from a passionate author 2 May 2012
By AnneB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was really looking forward to reading this book since it was written by a Google engineer and is a course taken by Google employees. I was not disappointed, it is a great book with some easy to do exercises anyone can do to improve their life. Chade-Meng Tan uses humor throughout the book to make the concepts taught fun to learn about. He also does a great job of stressing how easy it is to learn emotional intelligence and do meditation and it really made me want to try it out.
Most of the book discusses meditation, both how to do it and the benefits from it. Along with meditation there are chapters about self-confidence, not letting your emotions control you, and the importance of empathy. Chade-Meng Tan states from the beginning that his goal in life is to help bring about world peace and this book is his way of bringing peace to the world one person at a time. HIs passion for the topics discussed shines throughout the book and he really gives you the motivation to give his ideas a try.
I have read a few self-help and meditation books before and I would have to say that this is the best one that I have read. After finishing the book I felt like the author was a friend motivating me to improve my life with some easy to do exercises. I am looking forward using the things I learned in this book and am sure that they will help me to be a happier person.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformational 23 Jun 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm only 100 pages into this book and can't believe how helpful it's been already. Chade-Meng Tan starts by talking about meditation. I've been meditating for about a year and a half and I have to say that meditation itself has been nothing less than life-transforming for me. But it's often difficult to make myself do it and when I do, my mind has a tendency to wander. Meng said two things that have all but erased my difficulties with meditation:

1) When your mind wanders and you bring it back, you are actually making your mind stronger. In other words, you're practicing mindfulness by bringing your attention back to your breathing (or body scan or whatever). So instead of being annoyed with myself when my mind wanders, I can now pat myself on the back for practicing successfully!

2) Meng talked about how people have difficulty in sustaining their practice of meditation. And he said, "All I ask of you is one mindful breath a day." Just one breath. That's not much of a commitment AND it's do-able. I can be successful with ONE mindful breath per day. As a result, I've found myself taking just one mindful breath frequently throughout each day. At work, at meetings, at friendly gatherings, by myself. I can't even begin to understand how it works, but each of those single breaths makes a huge difference in the quality of my life.

The other thing that's been unbelievably helpful to me is Meng's take on journaling for self-awareness. I've really never been able to journal -- when I started writing, everything seemed involved and convoluted or I had nothing to say. But Meng says just TWO MINUTES A DAY makes a difference (he supports his claim with the results of a study). Furthermore, he suggests writing out a bunch of prompts (such as "Love is...", "I am aware that...", "What hurts me is...") on little slips of paper, putting them into a basket, and picking one each morning and journaling about it.

Two minutes a day, even five minutes a day, is totally do-able for me. Now I can hardly wait each morning to see which little slip I'm going to pull out of my jar -- and what I'm going to end up writing about. I will simply say I've already written some things that were not only surprising but extremely illuminating to me. Self-awareness, hello!

The subtitle to this book is "The unexpected path to achieving success, happiness (and world peace)" and none of it seems like an overstatement. Probably the best bargain you will *ever* find in your life, even at full retail price. :-)
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