10% Happier

10% Happier by Dan Harris is a story of one reporter's journey from a high intensity zero-sum professional life into a calmer lifestyle that relied less heavily on the thrill of drugs or war zones. 

It's also written with a very skeptical lens of the self-help books that purport to solve all your problems. The title, 10% Happier, encapsulates the idea that meditation can't solve all your problems, but it make can make you significantly happier. 

The other day, tried meditating and I couldn't sit still for more than 10 minutes. And the only reason that I got that far was because I (foolishly) set the timer for 15 minutes. 

The biggest takeaway from this book is that the voice inside your head isn't always helpful. 

It doesn't make sense to ruminate on thoughts where you cannot change the outcome. If you talked to other people the way your internal voice tends to talk to you, it would make for some unpleasant social interactions. 

This book is a solid read and a good primer on how to get out of the pointless rat race in your mind. I'm going to try to incorporate mindfulness into more aspects of my life.