10% Happier - 5th Edition by Dan Harris (Paperback)
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About the Book"Fifth anniversary edition--new preface, new guided meditations"--Cover.
In celebration of its fifth anniversary, a revised and updated edition of the award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller that changed the way we look at meditation, with a new preface by Dan Harris and new guided meditations.
After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, 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, he now recognized, had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.
We all have a voice in our head. It's what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we're not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us assume we're stuck with this voice--that there's nothing we can do to rein it in--but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It's a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it's something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation essentially rewires your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.
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.
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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.This fifth anniversary edition features a new preface by Harris and new guided meditations from his favorite teachers, including Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg.
"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 useful, helpful, and hilarious. And if you are skeptical about meditating at all, know that Dan Harris was the biggest skeptic of all." -- Hugh Jackman
"An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation that offers new insights as to how this ancient practice can help modern lives while avoiding the pitfall of cliché. This is a book that will help people, simply put. I know a lot of very powerful, very stressed-out, type-A personalities who will be getting this book from me as a gift this year." -- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
"10% Happier is a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller. Mindfulness can make you happier. Read this to find out how." -- George Stephanopoulos
"Harris's journey of discovery brought back lessons for all of us about our lives, too." -- Diane Sawyer
This brilliant, humble, funny story shows how one man found a way to navigate the non-stop stresses and demands of modern life and back to humanity by finally learning to sit around doing nothing. -- Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man
"In 10% Happier, Dan Harris describes in fascinating detail the stresses of working as a news correspondent and the relief he has found through the practice of meditation. This is an extremely brave, funny, and insightful book. Every ambitious person should read it." -- Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith
A compellingly honest, delightfully interesting, and at times heart-warming story of one highly intelligent man's life-changing journey towards a deeper understanding of what makes us our very best selves. As Dan's meditation practice deepens, I look forward to him being at least 11% happier, or more. -- Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself
Part-science, part-memoir, and part self-help, Harris outlines specific ways he learned to, well, chill the f#%k out. -- GQ
"A self-help guide even skeptics will embrace . . . Harris crushes stereotypes about meditation and recounts how it slashed his stress and quieted his anxious mind." -- Parade
Revealing . . . I'd recommend this to anyone. -- USA Today, Pop Candy
Harris never loses his sense of humor as he affably spotlights one man's quest for internal serenity while concurrently navigating the slings and arrows of a hard-won career in the contemporary media spotlight. Friendly, practical advocacy for the power of mindfulness and enlightenment. -- Kirkus Reviews
"Lively . . . part reporting, part personal experience . . . By letting us hear the voice in his head - before and after he starts meditating--Harris makes a convincing case that if he can do it, we can, too." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch
Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris is an unlikely ambassador for mindfulness, but his new book . . . might be just the thing that gets people to unplug and recognize that all this multitasking is making us miserable and unhealthy. -- xoJane