10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced by Dan Harris

By Dan Harris

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unforeseen, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey during the unusual worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers how to get happier that's actually achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic assault on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he needed to make a few adjustments. A lifelong nonbeliever, he discovered himself on a weird and wonderful experience, regarding a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a bunch of mind scientists. ultimately, Harris discovered that the resource of his difficulties was once the very factor he continuously proposal used to be his maximum asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had either propelled him in the course of the ranks of a hyper-competitive enterprise and in addition led him to make the profoundly silly judgements that provoked his on-air freak-out.

We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us wasting our mood unnecessarily, checking our electronic mail compulsively, consuming whilst we’re no longer hungry, and fixating at the previous and the long run on the fee of the current. such a lot folks could think we’re caught with this voice – that there’s not anything we will be able to do to rein it in – yet Harris stumbled upon a great way to just do that. It’s a miles cry from the miracle therapies peddled by means of the self-help swamis he met; in its place, it’s whatever he regularly assumed to be both very unlikely or lifeless: meditation. After studying approximately examine that means meditation can do every thing from reduce your blood strain to actually rewire your mind, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported global of CEOs, scientists, or even marines who're now utilizing it for elevated calm, concentration, and happiness.

10% Happier takes readers on a experience from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the interior sanctum of community information to the unusual fringes of America’s religious scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that may really switch their lives.

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Tora Bora was a military failure—with Bin Laden most likely scurrying along a goat trail into Pakistan—but for me it was a resurrection of sorts. Having regained the trust of my bosses, I spent the next three years shuttling back and forth between New York and places such as Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and Iraq. I was like a slightly less dorky Zelig, somehow materializing in the backdrop of the world’s most important historical events. These were assignments that entailed repeated exposure to grotesquerie.

My heart started to gallop. My mouth dried up. My palms oozed sweat. I knew I had four more stories to read, an eternity, with no break and no place to hide—no sound bites or pretaped stories or field correspondents to toss to, which would have allowed me to regroup and catch my breath. As I began the third story, about cholesterol drugs, I was starting to lose my ability to speak, gasping as I waged an internal battle against the wave of howling terror, all of it compounded by the knowledge that the whole debacle was being beamed out live.

I thought that if I admitted the truth, that I had just had a panic attack, it would expose me as a fraud, someone who had no business anchoring the news. For whatever reason, they seemed to accept my explanation. To this day, I’m not sure why. Maybe it was because it all happened so quickly, or because it was out of character, or perhaps because I managed to get through my next newscast, just an hour later, without a hitch. In the news business, memories are mercifully short; everyone moved on to the next crisis.

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