Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

Rating: 4.5/5

As the name would imply, Rapt was all about attention. Our lives are shaped by what we choose to pay attention to. Paying attention to happy moments and finding the “good” leads to happiness. Paying attention to the terrible things on the other hand—well, not so much. Throughout Rapt, Gallagher details the science of attention and brings to light topics like top-down attention (“What do you want to focus on?”) as opposed to bottom-up attention (“What’s the obvious thing to home in on here?”). The former is much more deliberate. I found the book very interesting from a research perspective. For applicability, it pairs well with Deep Work.