Book Giveaway – Win a New Hardback Copy of Search Inside Yourself

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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 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,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

21 thoughts on “Book Giveaway – Win a New Hardback Copy of Search Inside Yourself”

  1. just heard his interview with npr’s interfaith voices. his chuckles were very merry indeed! i had a friend who did daily meditation. it always intrigued me. i would love to learn and know how to incorporate it into my busy schedule as mother of 6 young children. i would love to be able to pass that skill of “calm” along to them.

  2. After reading The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty Moore I started meditating. I’m still very much a beginner and looking for other sources for inspiration. This looks likea good place to look next.

  3. I’m fairly new to mindfulness meditation, though I have dabbled in the past. I rediscovered mindfulness six months ago when a friend gave me a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Full Catastrophy living. The book made a lot of sense to me and I began exploring the subject. I came across Meng at Kabat-Zinn’s guided meditation at Googleplex. What a jolly good fellow, I thought! Curiosity got the better of me and I enrolled on an MBSR course to learn more about mindfulness and to see if it would help with PTSD, a condition that I have lived with for over a decade. I have been practicing everyday for a few months now and the results have been astounding. Living in the present moment seems like commonsense, but it is amazing how unaware I was of the way past memories and future worries impaired my experience of the present. The present is the only thing we reall have to work with…

  4. In today’s increasingly hectic world of global protests and economic meltdowns, if Search Inside Yourself 10 or even 5 years ago, it may change the way leaders approach problems, by first approaching how they view themselves.

  5. Search Inside Yourself sounds like the perfect book in our hectic world where we all seem to be searching everywhere but within.

  6. Thank you for sharing this, Eliza. As a prayer approach, mindfulness helps me slow down, pay attention and prioritize. And a confession: I worried at first that mindfulness was too New Age to be Christian (my faith). I understand now, however, that Jesus Himself understood mindfulness and, as I see it, even designed it. On balance, it’s a great tool for reflection, centering, remembering and focusing. So thank you, Eliza, for sharing this book title. Excited to read it!

  7. I can’t wait to read the book. My mission has been to learn how to bring the spirit into business and business into spirit. I sincerely believe that the book would be a valuable addition to my collection 🙂

  8. Wow imagine working in a place like that. Like Patricia, above I wondered how it would fit into a Christian lifestyle, but do believe that there is a place for meditation. I believe prayer is a two way street, and mediation is a way of hearing the reply to our requests.

  9. Meng is the real deal. He is so gentle when he says he will help meditation become a route for world peace and now the next step has been taken with his book. Google is lucky to have this “most special fellow”.

  10. I definitely want to work for Google if they’ve got people like Meng there!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  11. My brother called three days ago, as we spoke I shared with him the numerous challenges I was facing. He compassionately replied, “Simplify your life.” My response was to list the external events which had just recently added to the complexity in my life, ironically, just as I had proudly and happily reduced much of the clutter and complexity I had been working to reduce. Initially he was silent, then he offered me his love and support, to deal with the increased complexity I must accept, even as I strive for greater simplicity in my life.

    Within the hour he called again and offered to send me a book via overnight mail, on one condition, that I commit to read at least the first 45 pages. I made that commitment to him despite my more than momentary hesitation.

    I received the book, SIY in its full Google colored cover jacket. I read less than 30 pages and knew this practice could work for me. In fact, I immediately began the practice of being aware of my breath. The results are real, tangible and useful, on every level of being and doing. My gratitude towards, and appreciation for, my brother and his gift soared when yet another crisis/challenge fell into my life, a crisis very close to home, very personal and one which may be with me and my family for years. I thank G-d for His timely and compassionate gift of SIY, because without it I would have struggled and probably failed to handle my new challenge as effectively as I am and as I will continue to do.

    I am further blessed, by choosing to follow your invitation on the SIYLI site, to both discover your wealth of information on Happy Simple Living and to have the opportunity to receive another copy of Chade-Men Tan’s wonderful book, which I intend to give to another family member and/or friend.

    May all of you who are reading these comments be open to receiving the gifts the world has to offer and continue to pass on your own gifts into the world.

  12. I want to win the copy of “search inside yourself”. It can increase my self awareness. So, i want to get the copy of this book. Thanks.

  13. I saw the video first @Google Talks which was a enlightening speech. There is no doubt that the book would make you understand yourself. I have ordered one.

  14. Nice post. I wondered how it would fit into a christian life style but no believe that their is a place for meditation. Thanks for letting me stopped by.

  15. I’ll love to have this book because i believe it will make a positive impact on believer’s lifestyle all around the world


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