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 throughout the unusual worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers the way to get happier that's really achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic assault on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he needed to make a few alterations. A lifelong nonbeliever, he chanced on himself on a weird and wonderful event, concerning a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a bunch of mind scientists. finally, Harris learned that the resource of his difficulties used to be the very factor he consistently proposal was once 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 previous and the longer term on the rate of the current. such a lot folks might think we’re caught with this voice – that there’s not anything we will do to rein it in – yet Harris stumbled upon a good way to just do that. It’s a much cry from the miracle treatments peddled through the self-help swamis he met; as a substitute, it’s whatever he continuously assumed to be both very unlikely or dead: meditation. After studying approximately learn that implies meditation can do every thing from decrease 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 experience from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the internal sanctum of community information to the unusual fringes of America’s non secular scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that may truly swap their lives.

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I had always fancied myself to be reasonably self-aware. My mind, a perpetual motion machine of plotting, planning, and evaluating, had apparently missed something essential. The doctor had a couple of theories. It was possible, he said, that the horror of what I had witnessed overseas was too much for my conscious mind to handle. It was also possible that I was subconsciously pining for the adrenaline of war zones—that I was essentially in withdrawal from journalistic heroin. Or perhaps it was a combination of both.

Many of us labor under the delusion that we’re permanently stuck with all of the difficult parts of our personalities—that we are “hot-tempered,” or “shy,” or “sad”—and that these are fixed, immutable traits. We now know that many of the attributes we value most are, in fact, skills, which can be trained the same way you build your body in the gym. This is radical, hopeful stuff. In fact, as I discovered, this new neuroscience has led to the flowering of an elite subculture of executives, athletes, and marines who are using meditation to improve their focus, curb their addiction to technology, and stop being yanked around by their emotions.

It was possible, he said, that the horror of what I had witnessed overseas was too much for my conscious mind to handle. It was also possible that I was subconsciously pining for the adrenaline of war zones—that I was essentially in withdrawal from journalistic heroin. Or perhaps it was a combination of both. He recommended antidepressants. Unfortunately, I had already started self-medicating. Although many of my friends partook, I had made it through high school, college, and my twenties without experimenting with hard drugs.

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