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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help that

by Dan Harris

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 28, 2014 | Hardcover |

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A spiritual book written for-and by-someone who would otherwise never read a spiritual book, 10% Happier is both a deadly serious and seriously funny look at mindfulness and meditation as the next big public health revolution

Dan Harris always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. How else can you climb the ladder in an ultra-competitve field like TV news except through nonstop hand-wringing and hypervigilance? For a while, his strategy worked. Harris anchored national broadcasts, he covered wars. Then he hit hit the skids, entering a downward slide that cuminated in a televised panic attack in front of an audience of millions.

What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through a bizarre series of events - involving a disgraced evangelical pastor, a mysterious self-help guru and a fateful gift from his wife - Harris stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: meditation. At first, he was deeply suspicious. He had long associated meditation with bearded swamis and unwashed hippies. But when confronted with mounting scientific evidence that just a few minutes a day can literally rewire the brain for focus, happiness, and reduced reactivity, Harris took a deep dive. He spent years mingling with scientists, executives and US marines on the front lines of a quiet revolution that has the potential to reshape society. He became a daily meditator, and even found himself on a ten-day, silent meditation retreat, which was simultaneously the best and worst experience he''d ever had.

But meditation did not transform Harris''s life into a parade of rainbows and unicorns. Life''s problems still reared their heads. Could he use meditation to navigate a series of fresh career crises? Is it possible to be "zen" and successful? It''s an adventure that ranges from the outer limits of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of self-help and the result shines a light on what may very well be the next public health revolution.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: February 28, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062265423

ISBN - 13: 9780062265425

Found in: Health and Well Being

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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help that

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help that

by Dan Harris

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: February 28, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062265423

ISBN - 13: 9780062265425

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A spiritual book written for-and by-someone who would otherwise never read a spiritual book, 10% Happier is both a deadly serious and seriously funny look at mindfulness and meditation as the next big public health revolution

Dan Harris always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. How else can you climb the ladder in an ultra-competitve field like TV news except through nonstop hand-wringing and hypervigilance? For a while, his strategy worked. Harris anchored national broadcasts, he covered wars. Then he hit hit the skids, entering a downward slide that cuminated in a televised panic attack in front of an audience of millions.

What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through a bizarre series of events - involving a disgraced evangelical pastor, a mysterious self-help guru and a fateful gift from his wife - Harris stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: meditation. At first, he was deeply suspicious. He had long associated meditation with bearded swamis and unwashed hippies. But when confronted with mounting scientific evidence that just a few minutes a day can literally rewire the brain for focus, happiness, and reduced reactivity, Harris took a deep dive. He spent years mingling with scientists, executives and US marines on the front lines of a quiet revolution that has the potential to reshape society. He became a daily meditator, and even found himself on a ten-day, silent meditation retreat, which was simultaneously the best and worst experience he''d ever had.

But meditation did not transform Harris''s life into a parade of rainbows and unicorns. Life''s problems still reared their heads. Could he use meditation to navigate a series of fresh career crises? Is it possible to be "zen" and successful? It''s an adventure that ranges from the outer limits of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of self-help and the result shines a light on what may very well be the next public health revolution.

About the Author

Dan Harris is a broadcast journalist. Before joining ABC News, he worked for local news outlets in Boston and Maine. He is the co-anchor 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. His first book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story, was published in 2014.

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With startling, provocative, and often very funny candor, Dan Harris tells the story of why he urgently needed to tame the strident voice in his head, and how he did it. His argument for the power of mindfulness-which he bases both on cutting-edge science and his own hard-won experience-will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation''s potential. - Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

10% Happier is hands down the best book on meditation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious. Dan Harris has whipped up an insightful, engaging, and hilarious tour of the mind''s darker corners and what we can do to find a bit of peace. Part confessional, part investigative journalism, 10% Happier is 100% engrossing. - Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus

The science supporting the health benefits of meditation continues to grow as does the number of Americans who count themselves as practitioners but, it took reading 10% Happier to make me actually want to give it a try. Dan Harris takes the mystical mantle off of meditation and shows how easy it can be to incorporate into your life. His book is also a wonderfully candid coming-of-age look at a developing anchorman. Painfully candid, outrageously funny, and definitely enlightening, Harris''s book left me feeling much more than 10% happier. - Richard E. Besser, M.D., Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News

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