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Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by [Gallagher, Winifred]
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aAs the 19th-century philosopher William James wisely understood, what you selectively notice and attend to is what makes up your experience. It is your life! Winifred Gallagher gets it. She has written a provocative, illuminating, and captivating book on the power and importance of attention in multiple domains of life a relationships, work, leisure, health. What makes some people happier, healthier, more fulfilled, more creative, or more engaged than others? Because of what they pay attention to.a
aSonja Lyubomirsky, author of "The How of Happiness"
"Many will benefit from this thoughtful book. Among other 21st century challenges, the increasing velocity of communication threatens to drive us into a permanent sea- storm of distraction. Thank you, Winifred Gallagher, for bringing our attention back to the essential matter of attention."
aDavid Shenk, author, "Data Smog" and "The Forgetting"
aThis wonderful and inspiring book asks readers to remember something so simple and yet so little appreciatedawhat you focus upon profoundly affects your quality of life. I canat think anyone who wouldnat benefit from the message contained herein. Itas a powerful and much needed prescription for these tumultuous times.a
aSarah Susanka, author of "The Not So Big Life" and "The Not So Big House series"

About the Author

Winifred Gallagher's books include House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and The Power of Place. She has written for numerous publications, such as Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan, and Dubois, Wyoming.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (9 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001V6P12E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another useless book that for some reason tops the charts. I expected to find advice on how to focus but instead got page after page of boring prose void of substance. Turn the page - and what do you remember? Nothing. Just skip the book and read "Deep Work" instead.
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Found the prose very hard to read, and almost pretentious, with nothing much to add to the "Deep Work" book, which referenced it.
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Great book, very educational and entertaining. Reader is marvelous. Really enjoyed it!
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This book is about attention and how the way we use it affects life in all of its aspects.

The author uses state of the art research findings to describe how our attention works and how to make best use of it when we want to feel better and get the most from our day/life, when we work as well as in our personal lives. Moreover, the author discusses some of the common attention-pitfalls that have a significant detrimental effect on our lives.

The book is very well written, which makes it seem like you are having an enlightning conversation rather than as if you were consulting the latest research.

Personally, this book has confirmed my belief that it really matters what we attend to. Common sense might say there is only one way to experience life, but the opposite is actually the case. Making the effort of carefully choosing what to attend to (and what not to attend to) is no less than life-changing.
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The book is just fine, nothing special to add.
It is just a little bit over price, it was delivery on time
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