The Weird Meditation Technique That Made Me Happier

Amanda Montell

Have you ever found yourself all alone in your car, uncontrollably weeping behind the steering wheel? I’m not talking about the kind of delicate droplets that tumble down your cheeks while listening to Beyoncé's "Sandcastles" either. I’m referring to silent, open-mouth sobbing without so much as the radio to fill the space because you didn’t have the energy to turn it on—plus everything in your life seems to be imploding at the moment.

Sound dramatic? Maybe. But when your mascara somehow makes it all the way down to your chin and no less than 12 empty Starbucks cups (ventis, people) occupy the floor below your passenger’s seat, the time has officially come to step back and make a change.

Five months ago, this was me. I was in the midst of one of those periods when you feel like you just can’t catch a break. My boyfriend and I were going through a rough patch I didn’t think we’d make it through. My beloved kitten (read: child) had just undergone an emergency surgery that completely drained my bank account. Within the same week, I’d lost my cell phone, gotten into a car accident, and the air conditioning in my apartment broke during a record-breaking heat wave. Thus, the ugly cry.

So where could I possibly be headed during this pathetic car ride? I was on my way to get happy. I didn’t know it right then, but soon I’d be cerebellum-deep in a mood-boosting energy technique called EFT.

What in goddess's name is EFT, you ask? Keep reading to discover how one totally unexpected meditation practice successfully blissed out this grumpy sceptic.

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