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
By: Dan Harris
Publisher: Dey Street Books

ABC News’ Dan Harris writes a compelling memoir about his path to mindfulness after a viral on-air panic attack. 10% Happier is a beautiful journey from drug use and anxiety to a place of calm and reflection.

Harris opens the book with a description of his viral panic attack that has been viewed millions of times on Youtube. He’s open about his struggles in his personal life, and he shares his faults, his insecurities, and what it’s like to be a young anchor and correspondent. What happens after the panic attack is what makes for a fantastic book.

Harris is assigned the religion beat for ABC, and that takes him to find some interesting people and stories. While on assignment, he is introduced to Buddhism and secular mindfulness. Harris finds himself intrigued by mindfulness, knowing it may change his life.

Harris decides to find out as much information about mindfulness as he can. He goes on a journey to discuss mindfulness with many leading mindfulness teachers, practitioners, and researchers. This book is part memoir, part introduction to mindfulness, and part self help.

The memoir part gives a glimpse into the mind and life of an up-and-coming news correspondent. We get to read about the insecurities felt when you get passed over covering a breaking news story. The introduction to mindfulness area of the book shows the reader the science behind mindfulness. Harris discusses how mindfulness can help different parts of your life and the science that backs it up. The self help part is a slim portion of the book, but leaves you wanting to delve more into mindfulness and meditation. Harris lays out ways to implement mindfulness in your life.

If you end up liking the book, Dan Harris produces the podcast 10% Happier where he talks to celebrities, scientists, mindfulness teachers, and more about mindfulness. I’ve listened to a few episodes and have really enjoyed them. The podcast even produces some guided meditations you can use.

You can buy the book here.

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