Summer Reading: Search Inside Yourself

search inside yourselfLooking for a good read this summer? Make sure to check out Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Google engineer, Chade-Meng Tan.

If you’re a fan of self-help books or are looking for small ways to bring more happiness into your life, you can’t miss out on this one. This book has a few central themes including: meditation, self understanding, healthy habits and how to apply all that into your personal and professional life. It’s no surprise that Meng’s method was taught as a course at Google!

Here are a few chapters that I found most interesting:

Emotions: Learning to choose how you feel instead of giving into the compulsion. This section helps with self-control, letting go and how to handle negative emotions. Who couldn’t use a little help in this department? Feeling less stressed means that you will feel better, and in the end, Meng wants us to learn how to become “friends” with our emotions.

Empathy: The very definition means: “The ability to understand and share the feelings of another” – (also synonymous with “sympathy”). Learning to increase empathy will help you become a more understanding and kind individual. But of course, things are easier said than done. This is where Meng introduces mental habits and practices that we can bring into our lives. And these principles don’t just have to apply to co-workers or bosses. You can also bring that empathic ear home to your loved ones.

Self-Confidence: Being self-confident means that you have to be self-aware. Meng describes his method for emotional scanning to help and suggests journaling exercises. These prompts like “My strengths are…” and “Things that annoy me are…” can help you check up regularly with your emotional self. And of course, these are all steps in preparation of becoming a more self-confident person.

This book is sprinkled with funny cartoons and anecdotes from Meng’s time at Google. From dealing with difficult conversations, saving your marriage, email courtesy to “magic mushrooms”, this book covers many aspects of life that we all can relate to.

Let us know if you’ve had any other good reads on your shelf!

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