By Dan Harris

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unforeseen, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey in the course of 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 stumbled on himself on a strange experience, concerning a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a bunch of mind scientists. ultimately, Harris discovered that the resource of his difficulties used to be the very factor he continually proposal used to be his maximum asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had either propelled him during 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 e-mail compulsively, consuming while we’re now not hungry, and fixating at the earlier and the longer term on the fee of the current. such a lot people could suppose we’re caught with this voice – that there’s not anything we will do to rein it in – yet Harris stumbled upon a good way to just do that. It’s a much cry from the miracle remedies peddled by means of the self-help swamis he met; as an alternative, it’s anything he constantly assumed to be both very unlikely or dead: meditation. After studying approximately study that means meditation can do every little thing from decrease your blood strain to really 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 journey from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the interior sanctum of community information to the unusual fringes of America’s non secular scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that may truly switch their lives.

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I was helpless. Marooned, in front of millions of people. So, at the end of the voice-over about cholesterol-lowering drugs and their impact on “cancer production,” I decided to resort to a gambit I’d never used before on TV. I bailed—punted. I cut the newscast short, several full minutes before I was supposed to be done, managing to squeak out, “Uh, that does it for news. ” You could hear the surprise in Charlie’s voice as he picked up the verbal baton and started to introduce the weather guy, Tony Perkins.

Now imagine doing that for a living. My colleague in Bangor was correct that much of the actual work of being a TV reporter—sitting through interminable news conferences, spending hours in a news van with an irascible cameraman, chasing down cops for sound bites—was not glamorous, but as I moved to larger markets, first to Portland, Maine, and then to Boston, the pay got better and the stories bigger, and the visceral thrill of being recognized in bars and on line at the bank never got old. I remember my mother, a repository of wisdom, once telling me offhandedly at some point during my youth that she thought anyone who would run for president must have a hole on their inside that was so big it could never be filled.

My bosses ate it up. There were, however, two embarrassing things about this moment. First, a close inspection of the videotape revealed that none of the Afghans in the frame behind me ducked, or even looked particularly concerned. Second, my immediate thought as that bullet whizzed over was: I hope we’re rolling on this. This was new. If gunshots had gone off in a situation where I was not on the job, I would have wet my pants. I had no record of courage in my personal life. No military service, not even any experience in contact sports.

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