From the cover: "There’s no such thing as a panacea. No magic secret is going to turn your life into dollar signs and rainbows. So it’s understandable that people respond with skepticism to the endless reports in the media about how mindfulness seems to be good for just about everything. Yet the scientific literature does show that mindfulness can improve an incredible number of things that truly matter in our lives. Research shows that mindfulness can improve our physical health, reduce our stress, strengthen our relationships, help us think more clearly, and make us happier—not to mention that it can help treat a wide range of mental illnesses. How could mindfulness be so good for so many different things? The answer is that attention is like a spotlight, and where you shine it is the best predictor of what you’ll experience. Mindfulness trains attention, giving you greater influence over your thoughts, evaluations, and emotions. How might your life be different if you could more skillfully guide your thoughts, emotions, and actions on a moment-by-moment basis? This book provides a clear, practical, and science-based introduction to cultivating mindfulness and improving your life. Use these tools to focus your mind, master your emotions, and create a truly reliable happiness."