By Dan Harris
Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unforeseen, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey throughout the unusual worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers the way 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 chanced on himself on a strange event, regarding a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a bunch of mind scientists. finally, Harris learned that the resource of his difficulties was once the very factor he regularly proposal used to be his maximum asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had either propelled him throughout 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 prior and the longer term on the cost of the current. such a lot people may imagine 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 do exactly that. It’s a miles cry from the miracle remedies peddled via the self-help swamis he met; in its place, it’s whatever he consistently assumed to be both most unlikely or lifeless: meditation. After studying approximately examine that means meditation can do every little thing from reduce 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 trip from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the interior sanctum of community information to the weird fringes of America’s religious scene, and leaves them with a takeaway which can really switch their lives.
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It was during the early part of my career; I was an eager, curious, and ambitious cub reporter who got swept up, and swept away—and it all culminated in the single most humiliating moment of my life. 019 million people saw me lose my mind. It happened on June 7, 2004, on the set of Good Morning America. I was wearing my favorite new tie and a thick coating of makeup. My hair was overly coiffed and puffy. The bosses had asked me to fill in for my colleague Robin Roberts as the News Reader. The job basically entailed coming on and anchoring brief news updates at the top of each hour.
They were mostly from our London bureau—swashbuckling types, veterans of places like Bosnia and Rwanda. They seemed completely comfortable with the cognitive dissonance of being in a dangerous, impoverished country where we had uniformed hotel staff bringing us cellophane-wrapped platters of cookies and mixed nuts twice a day. My fellow correspondent Bob Woodruff strolled in and nonchalantly ordered scrambled eggs from room service. Things got edgier pretty quickly. Within just a few days, I got word that we’d received an invitation from the Taliban, who were still ruling Afghanistan, to come visit their home base in Kandahar.
In Israel, outside a seaside hotel after a suicide bombing, I watched as a gust of ocean breeze sent a bedsheet billowing off the ground, revealing a row of legs. In Iraq, a group of marines and I stared down at a bloated corpse on the side of the road as we collectively realized that what we thought were gunshot wounds in the man’s face were, in fact, drill holes. In the West Bank, I stood next to a father, watching bodies being dumped from a forklift into an impromptu mass grave in a hospital parking lot.
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