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

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While filling in as news anchor one morning on Good Morning America, Dan Harris suffered a massive panic attack on the air. It was a wake-up call for this multi-tasking over-achiever, a sign that the incessant voice in his head had led to his meltdown. After learning that meditation can literally rewire the brain, he gave it a try. What happened next is a wild and humorous journey through America's spiritual scene, and a ten-day silence retreat. He interviewed Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and the Dalai Lama, visited with CEOs, scientists, and marines who use meditation to feel calmer, and discussed with a Buddhist friend the concerns that the practice is becoming mainstream. In 10% Happier, this "monumental skeptic" of mindfulness lets us listen in to his inner chatter as he navigates the worlds of network news, neuroscience, and spirituality, and discovers first-hand that meditation can change one's life for the better.

— Diane, Book Buyer


Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir

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.

Eventually 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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062265432
ISBN-10: 0062265431
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: December 30th, 2014
Pages: 256
Language: English