10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced by Dan Harris

By Dan Harris

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unforeseen, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey during 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 event, concerning a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a bunch of mind scientists. finally, Harris discovered that the resource of his difficulties used to be the very factor he regularly idea used to be his maximum asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had either propelled him in the course of the ranks of a hyper-competitive company and likewise 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 electronic mail compulsively, consuming whilst we’re now not hungry, and fixating at the previous and the longer term on the fee of the current. so much folks could think 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 just do that. It’s a miles cry from the miracle remedies peddled via the self-help swamis he met; as a substitute, it’s anything he regularly assumed to be both most unlikely or lifeless: meditation. After studying approximately learn that means meditation can do every thing from reduce your blood strain to really rewire your mind, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported international 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 internal sanctum of community information to the unusual fringes of America’s religious scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that can really swap their lives.

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He was the epitome of the voice-of-God anchorman, with a personal mystique to boot: the 007 looks, the four wives, the rumored celebrity trysts. He was the colossus who sat astride ABC News. Internally, his broadcast was referred to simply as “The Show,” almost as if we didn’t have other major broadcasts like 20/20, GMA, and Nightline. He was also the object of bottomless fear. I hadn’t met him yet, but I’d already heard the stories about his volcanic temper. Because of his reputation for eating his young, the executives deliberately scheduled my first appearance on his show for July 4, a day they knew he would be on vacation.

Aside from the top commanders, who engaged in the requisite propagandist puffery, the rank-and-file soldiers were actually easygoing and sociable. They were kids, really. They taught us local curse words. ” I included a lot of this kind of color in my reports and received laudatory emails from the home office that were head-swimmingly intoxicating for a young reporter on the make. ” My crew, a pair of Brits, spent many hours ribbing me, predicting that I was going to be “an insufferable twat” when I got home.

Most of us are so entranced by the nonstop conversation we’re having with ourselves that we aren’t even aware we have a voice in our head. I certainly wasn’t—at least not before I embarked on the weird little odyssey described in this book. To be clear, I’m not talking about “hearing voices,” I’m talking about the internal narrator, the most intimate part of our lives. The voice comes braying in as soon as we open our eyes in the morning, and then heckles us all day long with an air horn. It’s a fever swamp of urges, desires, and judgments.

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