10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

by Dan Harris

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Overview

#1 New York Times Bestseller

"An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation." —Elizabeth Gilbert

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

Finally, Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

This paperback edition is revised with new material. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062265432
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Dan Harris is the coanchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and the weekday editions of Good Morning America. Before joining ABC News fourteen years ago, he worked for local news outlets in Boston and Maine. He lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Preface xiii

1 Air Hunger 1

2 Unchurched 29

3 Genius or Lunatic? 51

4 Happiness, Inc. 71

5 The Jew-Bu 85

6 The Power of Negative Thinking 97

7 Retreat 121

8 10% Happier 151

9 "The New Caffeine" 167

10 The Self-interested Case for Not Being a Dick 181

11 Hide the Zen 193

Epilogue 215

Acknowledgments 223

Appendix: Instructions 227

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