I’ve never read a book quite like Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) (HarperOne, $26.99). If you already know that Google offers a popular course for its employees called “Search Inside Yourself,” you’re one step ahead of me. But when I first heard about the book, I thought, “What? The corporation Google teaches its employees how to meditate and ‘find themselves’—in a business setting? I’ve got to read this book!”
I soon discovered that Search Inside Yourself is about much more than meditation. Author Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers, has the job title of “Google’s Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny).” His job description? “Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace.” No problem, Boss!
Meng has written a very unique book that is a hybrid of specific suggestions for exploring mindfulness and emotional intelligence, accompanied by the corresponding scientific research for those of us who need hard data. The book also contains practical applications for how to reframe old thinking and ingrained reactions when dealing with other humans.
Search Inside Yourself focuses on attention training, self-awareness, self-mastery and creating mental habits—and lest you think those might be dry subjects, I can assure you that in Meng’s hands, they are not. His silly sense of humor and Colin Goh’s cartoons had me cracking up throughout the book.
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness, wrote this about Search Inside Yourself: “This book has the potential to change lives and deliver happiness.” I was skeptical, but you know what? Now that I’ve read this mind-expanding book, I think he might be right. After just one week of adding a few minutes of meditation to my morning prayers, I can tell you that I am sleeping better and thinking differently.
How about you—have you explored mindfulness or tried meditating? Do you practice regularly, or does it sound too wooh-wooh to you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences, and if you leave a comment below you’ll be automatically entered in the drawing to win a brand-new hardcover copy of Search Inside Yourself. You can also get extra entries by following Happy Simple Living on Facebook and Twitter, subscribing to the blog (if you don’t already), and tweeting about this post. I’ll choose a random winner on May 30.
Here’s to success, happiness and world peace,