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“Want a happier, more content life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you'll find in this book. Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes.” ―Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“Peace can't be achieved in the outside world unless we have peace on the inside. Mark Williams and Danny Penman's book gives us this peace.” ―Goldie Hawn

“This is an inspiring program for anyone caring about his or her own health and sanity.” ―Jon Kabat-Zinn

About the Author

Mark Williams is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and a Research Fellow at Oxford and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author of The Mindful Way Through Depression. He lives in England.


Danny Penman, Ph.D., is a feature and comment writer for the UK's Daily Mail. After gaining a PhD in biochemistry, he worked for The Independent and the BBC. He lives in England.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609618955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609618957
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Initial Review 12/14/2010:

Let me begin by saying that I have always been a huge skeptic about mindfullness, meditation, and anything else along those lines. That is until I began seeing all of the new scientific research on the subject and the new theory of brain plasticity...how people can literally change their brains no matter how old they are. This research was enough to convince me to give mindful meditation a try. Staying with the theme of the science of meditation, I chose The Frantic World book because the program was created by a team of phD scholars from respected universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, UMass, etc. Interestingly, the main author of this book, Mark Williams, was a skeptic when he started researching the subject as well. Not any more.

I am currently on week eight of the plan and I can tell you that I absolutely have noticed a difference. Not only do I feel calmer in situations that used to bother me the past physically, but I am also learning how to treat myself with more compassion, get out of autopilot and break many of my bad habits, and how to face my fears head on rather than avoiding them and actually making things worse. I have gone from a complete skeptic to someone who plans to continue to practice mindfulness for the rest of my life.

I'm not going to sugarcoat things and say that it's easy to find the time to meditate. It's not. One has to work hard to make sure that they find the half hour or so per day that they need to dedicate to the practice. That's not easy with work, kids, and life in general. I promise you though that it's definitely worth the time that you put in. I've never written a product review about anything on Amazon or any other site for that matter before.
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By CW on January 27, 2012
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In my life I have had a tendency to over think things and have found that often the simplest solution is the answer to life's problems. For years I have struggled with ADHD and a mind that races 900mph all the time. I have suffered from numerous bouts of depression, restlessness, anxiety, and a general sense that most of my life has been wasted waiting for something good to happen. Despite a high degree of intelligence and creativity, I have felt unable to make any progress son the projects I know would change my life for the better. After repeated attempts to discuss these issues with my doctors I had almost given up hope when I heard professor Mark Williams on the public radio program Science Friday discussing his book. I ordered the book and have begun to follow the 8 week plan and already I can see major changes in my mood, attitude and general happiness regarding my life. I am better able to focus on my work and get much less overwhelmed in public. Things like wild, loud, obnoxious kids at the grocery store, crying babies in restaurants or inconsiderate people in public amplified by my ADHD would cause me to become angry to the point I would freak out in public. This has not been the case since I have started the 8 week program.

I HIGHLY recommend this book as a means of not only calming your thoughts and to help you focus on your life and the things that truly matter, but more importantly to maximize your happiness and enjoyment of the years you have left to you. This is truly the easiest way I have seen to change your thinking and turn you from someone who is "pre-living the future and re-living the past" to someone who can effectively live in the moment.

My only complaint is that I purchased the book and it did not come with a CD of the guided meditations.
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I've always been somewhat of a spiritual person, and I've tried numerous meditation programs. Most of them worked for a time, but many of their benefits seemed to be lacking. There was just something that I didn't fully understand. After reading Mindfulness, I feared that any benefits I might gain would be lost in short order. But, thankfully, I was wrong. This book provides clear and deep messages about the benefits of mindfulness meditation. It uses a theory based in scientific studies of cognition that have shown meditation to be effective at mitigating anxiety. I have suffered from anxiety for years, and I'm glad to say that much of my anxiety has been limited through the use of meditation. I tend to think more clearly and things that had been stressful before are becoming increasingly easier. My mind is finally at peace.

I've coupled Mindfulness with 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. This is a book that provides simple, actionable advice on how to let things go and become happier in the process. This isn't about dropping everything and throwing all your material possessions into a bonfire. Instead, it details the ways in which negative thought processes often hinder our progress and promote stress rather than happiness. I've used a great deal of the advice found in 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. In conjunction with mindfulness meditation, it has made me a much happier and calmer person. I am no longer paralyzed by fear in situations that require action. I am also more capable of pursuing and meeting my goals than ever before.
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