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 Harris
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Peering into the frenzied life of ABC News correspondent, Dan Harris, "10% Happier" is an autobiographical journey that artfully weaves the fast-paced world of broadcast journalism with the meditative corridors of mindfulness. When a panic attack strikes during a live news report, Harris' life takes an unexpected turn, catapulting him into an exploration of mindfulness, meditation, and self-awareness. His skeptical nature pushes against the growing tide of self-help culture, nudging him to test the waters himself, to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
Much like a skillful tightrope walker, Harris tiptoes on the thin line between reason and faith, eventually finding a reasonable middle ground that makes sense of both. He becomes an unusual disciple of meditation, learning to confront the relentless 'voice in his head' which had been a source of chronic stress and anxiety. As our narrator delves deeper into the practice, he grapples with its abstract ideas, while maintaining his journalistic inquisitiveness and healthy skepticism.
Through numerous interviews and interactions with high-profile personalities ranging from spiritual leaders to scientists, Harris paints a vivid picture of mindfulness and its proponents. He seeks to understand the substance beneath the gloss, not shying away from asking tough questions and pushing for tangible evidence. His journey of self-discovery takes him on a roundabout route that exposes the reader to a wide spectrum of spiritual and scientific perspectives.
In the end, he discovers a simple, yet profound truth - that by quieting the mind, one can indeed become '10% happier'. But it's not a magic pill. The process is incremental and involves consistent practice, a sober understanding of one's thoughts, and a patient approach towards change. This captivating journey becomes an eloquent testament to the tangible benefits of mindfulness, viewed through the lens of a hard-nosed journalist who's also a human, strug...
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