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Praise for Mindful Work

"Gelles deftly shows the power of mindfulness to change individuals, businesses and our world for the better. Mindfulness is a practice we need to embrace, and we cannot be afraid to follow this path.” — Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce

"Mindfulness in the workplace is a real trend and few are as well equipped to explain it as David Gelles. He expertly conveys how companies incorporate mindfulness principles into their cultures and offers practical tips to managers on how to do the same." — Reid Hoffman, co/founder & chairman, LinkedIn and co-author of The Alliance

"This carefully researched, heartfully written, and delightfully readable book tells one of the most interesting true stories of our time: the fascinating and sometimes messy coming together of the wisdom world and the corporate world." — Chade-Meng Tan, Jolly Good Fellow of Google, author of Search Inside Yourself

"Brimming with insights and backed up with solid research, Mindful Work takes us to the front lines of a revolution that is transforming the business world."  —Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive

“A delightful, authoritative, and provocative guide to the new world of mindfulness at work. David Gelles covers the story from the inside out, giving readers exactly what they need to assess whether mindfulness is for them — and, if so, how to forge ahead. Give this book your full attention.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Focus and Emotional Intelligence

“In this wise and revealing work, David Gelles explains how Eastern wisdom is transforming the Western workplace.  Smart, hopeful and inspiring, this is a book with a wide reach and a clear focus.” —Mark Epstein, author of The Trauma of Everyday Life and Thoughts without a Thinker    

“In this compelling book, Gelles describes how apparent paradoxes can resolve into a business culture where taking a breath is part of making a buck.” —Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together

“This stunning new book is by far the most insightful, practical guide to mindfulness and meditation. Gelles, who has deep experience with mindfulness, takes us inside leading companies like Google, General Mills, Aetna, and Patagonia to show how meditation is transforming workplaces. Mindful Work could change your life.” —Bill George, Harvard Business School, former CEO of Medtronic, and author of True North

"Gelles has done a masterful job of capturing the 'mindfulness movement'. His candid analysis and his dialogue with people from all facets of this movement paint a wonderfully clear view of a potent proposition for living and working in better ways." —Scott Kriens, Chairman, Juniper Networks, and Director, 1440 Foundation

New York Times reporter reveals what business leaders around the country are already discovering: meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace.

One of the most surprising and promising trends in business today is the rise of mindfulness in the workplace. At first, the notion of yoga and meditation in the office seems like the province of Silicon Valley startups where employees bring their dogs to work and play football in the lobby. But in recent years, mindfulness has gone mainstream. Many of America’s largest companies, such as General Mills, Target, Google, and Aetna, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. This is because—as employees and employers are discovering, and psychologists and cognitive scientists have confirmed—mindfulness has tangible benefits. For workers, meditation lowers stress, increases mental focus, and alleviates depression. For companies, a more mindful workforce is more productive. Gelles’s revelatory book picks up where bestsellers like Thrive and 10% Happier leave off, by detailing the profound impact mindfulness can have on the world of work, and by showing readers how to become more mindful themselves.

Mindful Work is being published in the U.S. on March 10 by Eamon Dolan Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

In the U.K. and other English-language markets, Mindful Work is being published by Profile Books. For orders in those markets please click here


Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out, was published in March 2015. It brings together David's career as a business reporter with his 15 years of meditation experience. 

An excerpt was published in the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. "At Aetna, a C.E.O.'s Management by Mantra," details how a stodgy insurance company became one of the most progressive actors in corporate America. 

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New York Times - At Aetna, a CEO's Management by Mantra

Financial Times - Review: Mindful Work

Wall Street Journal - Why Companies Are Promoting Mindfulness at the Office

CNBC's Squawk Box - Managing workplace stress through meditation

LA Times - Author looks at how meditation is changing corporate America

BBC Business Matters - Is meditative mindfulness useful at work?

The Atlantic - Corporations' Newest Productivity Hack: Meditation

New Republic - In Praise of Meaningless Work

Huffington Post - What Mindfulness Actually Means, And Why We All Have Time For It

Huffington Post - David Gelles's Book 'Mindful Work' Reveals How Meditation Can Revolutionize Your Workplace Happiness

U.S. News & World Report - 5 Ways to Less Stress at Work

Mind Body Green - Why Mindfulness is at Risk of Becoming Just Another Buzzword

Forbes - Spring Reading

Irish Times - David Gelles presents mindfulness as tool to combat stress and raise productivity

Monocle Radio - Mindfulness on The Entrepreneurs

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