The Word

it all begins and ends in your mind

I’m in the middle of this great book called 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story. Don’t let the world’s longest book title fool you — this book has been very fun and interesting to read. It follows the journey of Dan Harris, ABC national news anchor, from the moment (actually, moments) he had a nationally televised panic attack, to what got him to such an anxious state, to his exploration of meditation and getting to know himself better so that the voices in his head would shut up. I plan to write a longer post about it, but honestly, the crux of the book is this quote. And yes, it sounds really simple to not give your thoughts power, but as we all know, it’s certainly easier said than done.

Anyway, I came across the above quote on Pinterest, and thought it was ironic given the book I’m reading. I’m actually trying out a few of Dan’s mind-calming techniques this week, and will definitely post soon with a full book (and practice) report. Stay tuned.

Have you read this book? Any thoughts? (Ba dum bum).


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  1. Most definitely the world’s longest book title! I need to add this to my summer reading list for sure.

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  2. JAnel wrote:

    woah that book sounds awesome- thank you for sharing!

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  3. Sounds like a must read for me! Thanks for sharing.

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  4. Lily wrote:

    Hah! sounds like a good read… I have started meditating this year and really adore it. Definitely helps quiet the mind.

    x Lily

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  5. That is the longest book title but it looks like an amazing book, can’t wait to hear how it is!

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  6. Ella wrote:

    I think I need this book! I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness/meditation lately. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  7. Amy wrote:

    My lab actually had Dan Harris come to speak in a seminar series about this book! I work with a bunch of scientists, and they weren’t sure what they thought about the meditation aspects, but the more and more I learn about mindfulness and things of that nature, the more I believe it works!

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  8. Nan wrote:

    That sounds like such a wonderful read, I am always working on taming that little voice in my head. Just added this book to my amazon shopping cart, thank you so much for the recommendation!

    And as always your design of the quote is beautiful! I always love LuluDK’s work!
    xo Nan ~ Simply Elegant Blog

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  9. Rachelle wrote:

    I love and agree with this quote but I would say keeping a good surrounding is important as well. As you are more likely to have good thoughts and be positive when you are surrounded by positivity. Sounds like a great read.

    9 Jul 2014 · Reply
  10. laura wrote:

    wow that book sounds awesome. I think I need this book!

    10 Jul 2014 · Reply
  11. This has been a book that is on my list to read. Such a great quote! I also recommend The Seat of the Soul. I’m reading it now after seeing it on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday show and it’s really good!

    10 Jul 2014 · Reply
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