The #1 New York Times Bestseller
"An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation."—Elizabeth Gilbert
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. Now revised with new material.
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.
Finally, 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.
Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Remarkably practical and compulsively readable, 10% Happier is the result of ABC News reporter Dan Harris’ years-long quest for something approximating inner peace. Harris is a smart, exceptionally appealing guide—it’s a pleasure to accompany him on his journey, from probing interviews with mindfulness pioneers to his recurring doubts and, eventually, a hardcore meditation retreat. Harris’ willingness to lay bare his own weaknesses and battle scars makes this story about taming an unquiet mind all the more relatable.