10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris7 hrs and 50 mins
Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.
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 both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.
We all have a voice in our head. Its what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when were not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume were stuck with this voice that theres nothing we can do to rein it in but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. Its a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, its something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire 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 listeners on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of Americas spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.
©2014 Daniel Benjamin Harris (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
ABC News' Dan Harris: Drug Use Caused My On-Air Panic Attack
Dan: It was so fast. Panic triggers fight-or-flight. Your brain is just drenched with adrenaline, and all of these physical systems kick in. You get into this cycle between your body rebelling against you, your mind rebelling against you, and one feeding the other. For me, I just had to bail out.
Updated August 16, His muscles deadened and his skin began to vibrate "as if being shocked with a mild electric current". His mind didn't exactly go blank, but his thoughts swirled in a haze and even now he couldn't tell you what the first question was. What he didn't know then was his very public panic attack on live TV would make global headlines and become a turning point in his life. When News Breakfast contacted Dr Habib on a Sunday afternoon in to come on the show the next day to talk about the latest North Korea rocket launches, he happily accepted. The noted La Trobe University academic had written and spoken widely on his area of expertise and had plenty to offer. By the time the sun rose on Monday he hadn't slept a wink and soon he was sitting in the studio next to presenters Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli, having a microphone attached.