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How to Be 10% Happier

Essentially what meditation delivers is the ability to respond rather than react. It provides a fraction of a second delay, just enough time to reconsider whether I really want to do or say what the voice in my head is urging. It’s the mental equivalent of the seven-second delay that awards shows use to guard against profanity-laced rants by Kanye West and his ilk. Read More


A really interesting article. I recently tried meditation for the first time in London at, and from being somewhat of a sceptic, I must admit it has made an impact on my life, most notably my work. I echoed the fears in the article that it would make me too relaxed and my work would suffer. However the opposite has happened. I can work for longer (not always a good thing) and after a quick afternoon mediation I'm feeling bright and breezy for the afternoon ahead. All without the usual fix of caffeine ;)

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William Irwin, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at King’s College in Pennsylvania.


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