The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life

Alleviate stress, ease pain, cultivate emotional freedom, create a healthier brain, and find enlightenment with cutting-edge techniques from The Now Effect. A leader in mindfulness psychology, Dr. Elisha Goldstein takes the mindfulness approach of helping people to connect to the present moment one step further by offering practical techniques to make deep, permanent life changes. He demonstrates how to use the space between stimulus and response to break free from habitual beliefs and thoughts that don’t serve you. These techniques allow you to connect with the good in life, approach difficulties with more grace, and get connected with what really matters. In essence, Dr. Goldstein teaches the foundation for how “this very moment can change the rest of your life—Now.”

To enhance and ease the reader experience, the text contains Microsoft tags of Dr. Goldstein demonstrating his exercises and the eBook includes embedded videos.


What People Are Saying

  • Named one of “12 Essential Books on Mindfulness” by Omega (September 19, 2014)
  • “The Now Effect offers wise and simple guidance that is immediately helpful, compassionate and playful. It is a genuine invitation to be fully present, to open yourself up to life.” —Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of A Path with Heart
  • “If you are looking for a handbook on how to improve the quality of your life, reduce your stress levels and help build a better future for yourself, your family, your community and your country, this book is it.” —Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation
  • “The Now Effect shines with a fresh simplicity and wisdom that will make you see your mind and relationships in a different way. With practical guidance, this book gives you important tools to make changes for a better life. A genuinely uplifting and very enjoyable book.” —Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, Co-author of You Are Not Your Brain
  • “What we most cherish–love, aliveness, creativity, play–arises only in moments of presence. In The Now Effect you’ll get an invaluable map for coming home to the life that is here and now. With a beautiful clarity and simplicity, Elisha Goldstein offers anecdotes, science, perennial wisdom and practical exercises that will guide you in working with difficulties and in living with an awakened heart.” —Tara Brach, bestselling author of Radical Acceptance
  • “These wisdom-packed offerings teach beautifully how the relevant aspects of neuroscience can help illuminate what otherwise might seem like magic: The way we pay attention to the here and now of our experience can free our minds, enhance our relationships, and transform our brains toward well-being. Soak in these powerful lessons and enjoy!” —Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
  • “The Now Effect reminds us how to have fun with our lives again. Who would think that sitting quietly and watching our breath would teach us how to be kind, smart and have a sense of humor? With his book, Elisha Goldstein has done his part to create the conditions for world peace!” —Chade-Meng Tan, Jolly Good Fellow at Google and author of Search Inside Yourself
  • “Written with a lightness of touch and chock full of practical advice, this book is a broad and generous portal for those interested in bringing the power of present moment awareness more fully into their lives.” —Zindel V. Segal, author of The Mindful Way Through Depression
  • “We all want to move beyond the dead-end, conditioned responses that derail our best intentions and hold us hostage day after day, year after year; in these pages, Elisha Goldstein offers real tools toward that end. A wonderful book!” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
  • “Shot through with stories, poetry, and down to earth lessons, the brief chapters in this book are entertaining but never trite and make mindfulness practice refreshingly accessible. Accompanied by Elisha’s clear online video instruction, The Now Effect will become a valuable resource for clinicians, doctors, patients, teachers, and anyone else who is looking to rediscover and rest in the present moment.” —Pat Ogden, Ph.D., Founder, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
  • “Grounded in the science of how the brain tricks us to dwell in the past and the future – anywhere but now – and full of practical methods, The Now Effect will help you feel stronger, less stressed, more present, happier, kinder, and more effective.” —Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
  • “Teaching children, teenagers and adults how to navigate that space between stimulus and response where they have an opportunity to pause, change direction or stay the course can quite literally change their lives. Elisha beautifully articulates and introduces us to innovative ways to understand and implement this in his authoritative new book.” —Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child
  • “Based on ancient mind training techniques with a thoroughly modern twist, this book is a joy to read and even better to put into practice.” —Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
  • “Elisha Goldstein, PhD, is masterful at demonstrating how moments of being aware hold space for choice, flexibility, and new perspectives.  There’s a freshness to the simplicity of his approach that will resonate with those new to these concepts, as well as long-term practitioners.” —Tara Healey, M.Ed., Program Director Mindfulness Based Learning for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • “Uncovering Happiness helps depression sufferers build a mindful and compassionate engagement with mood disorders by drawing on inner resources that are available to each and every one of us.” —Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH, Aetna medical director for health and wellness innovation