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Title:
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
Author:
Harris, Dan, 1971- , author.
Edition:
First Dey Street Books paperback edition.
Publication Information:
[New York, NY] : Dey St., an imprint of William Morris Publishers, 2014.
Physical Description:
xvi, 237 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"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"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Air hunger -- Unchurched -- Genius or lunatic? -- Happiness, Inc. -- The Jew-Bu -- The power of negative thinking -- Retreat -- 10% happier -- "The new caffeine" -- The self-interested case for not being a dick -- Hide the Zen -- Epilogue.
ISBN:
9780062265432
Format :
Book

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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.


Author Notes

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. In 2017, he and co-author Jeff Warren published Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Harris had the ambition and drive to rise to ABC News television anchor. He'd felt the journalistic heroin of reporting from war zones, anchored national broadcasts, and even recovered from cocaine addiction. But he also had a voice in his head, the same voice most of us wrestle with, constantly second-guessing him. If he could only quiet that voice, he'd be happier and less stressed. Harris was already covering the religion beat when he veered off on a personal journey to find answers beyond the self-help gurus. Along the way, he talked to Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, a host of Jewish Buddhists, and even the Dalai Lama before reluctantly trying meditation. Approaching it with all the skepticism of a reporter, Harris checked out the neurological research and learned that meditation was being used in the corporate and military arenas to heighten focus and clarity. After going on a meditation retreat, he ultimately found the balance he sought between ambition and inner peace. In this brave, completely engaging, and often hilarious book, Harris achieves his aim of demystifying meditation.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2014 Booklist


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