Dan Harris

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

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir
“An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert
Nightline anchor Dan Harrisembarks 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, 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.
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    Drake Nixshared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    An approach to mindfulness and meditation that acknowledges reality and sets reasonable expectations for the true benefits one can expect.

    Vicki Xirakiashared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading


    Patricia Rodil Ghas quotedlast year
    are some books I like:

    On meditation

    Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg

    Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein

    On Buddhism and mindfulness in general

    Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Dr. Mark Epstein

    Buddhism Without Beliefs
    Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhas quoted2 years ago
    “So, you’re not saying sit around, let everything wash over you, let people cut you off in your car. You’re saying understand that it is what it is right now—”
    “And then do what you need to do,” he said, interrupting me this time, and speaking with uncharacteristic brio. “Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not good enough because you need to get to the next one. That is continuous stress.”
    София Мишинаhas quoted2 years ago
    he was a bona fide American icon, which made it surreally mortifying when he yelled at you.

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