You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Embracing the Emotions, Habits, and Mystery That Make You You

October 30, 2020
You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Embracing the Emotions, Habits, and Mystery That Make You You

"Holding brain science in one hand and rich emotionalpresence in the other, this book feels timely andnecessary."—Shauna Niequist, New York Times bestsellingauthor of Present Over PerfectWhy is there such a gap between what you want to do andwhat you actually do? The host of Ask Science Mikeexplains why our desires and our real lives are so wildlydifferent—and what you can do to close the gap.For thousands of years, scientists, philosophers, and self-helpgurus have wrestled with one of the basic conundrums of human life:Why do we do the things we do? Or, rather, why do we so oftennot do the things we want to do? As a podcast host whosevoice goes out to millions each month, Mike McHargue gets countlessemails from people seeking to understand their own misbehavior—whywe binge on Netflix when we know taking a walk outside would bebetter for us, or why we argue politics on Facebook when our realfriends live just down the street. Everyone wants to be a goodperson, but few of us, twenty years into the new millennium, haveany idea how to do that.In You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass), McHargueaddresses these issues. We like to think we're in control of ourthoughts and decisions, he writes, but science has shown that ahost of competing impulses, emotions, and environmental factors areat play in every action we undertake. Touching on his podcastlisteners' most pressing questions, from relationships and ethicsto stress and mental health, and sharing some of the biggesttriumphs and hardships from his own life, McHargue shows us howsome of our qualities that seem most frustrating—including"negative" emotions like sadness, anger, and anxiety—are actuallykey to helping humans survive and thrive. In doing so, he invitesus on a path of self-understanding and, ultimately,self-acceptance.You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) is a guidedtour through the mystery of human consciousness, showing readershow to live more at peace with themselves in a complex world.