10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced by Dan Harris

By Dan Harris

Winner of the 2014 residing Now ebook Award for Inspirational Memoir

After having a nationally televised panic assault, Dan Harris knew he needed to make a few adjustments. A lifelong nonbeliever, he came across himself on a strange experience regarding a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a bunch of mind scientists. ultimately, Harris learned that the resource of his difficulties was once the very factor he consistently proposal was once his maximum asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him in the course of the ranks of a hypercompetitive enterprise, yet had additionally led him to make the profoundly silly judgements that provoked his on-air freak-out.

Eventually Harris stumbled upon a great way to rein in that voice, anything he continually assumed to be both very unlikely or dead: meditation, a device that learn indicates can do every little thing from decrease your blood strain to really rewire your mind. 10% Happier takes readers on a journey from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the interior sanctum of community information to the weird fringes of America’s non secular scene, and leaves them with a takeaway which may really swap their lives.

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I cut the newscast short, several full minutes before I was supposed to be done, managing to squeak out, “Uh, that does it for news. ” You could hear the surprise in Charlie’s voice as he picked up the verbal baton and started to introduce the weather guy, Tony Perkins. Diane, meanwhile, looked genuinely worried for me, making a series of quick, anxious glances in my direction. As soon as the weathercast began, Charlie shot out of his seat and ran over to see if I was okay. The producers were buzzing in my earpiece.

This was the second shrink I had consulted since returning from Iraq. It never crossed my mind to mention my drug use to him, because I hadn’t gotten high in the days or weeks leading up to the incident. Stage fright seemed like a reasonable enough explanation. Performance anxiety had actually dogged me throughout my entire life, which, of course, made my choice of profession a little odd. One of the only lighter moments in the whole crisis was when I jokingly said to my mom that my career up until this point had been a triumph of narcissism over fear.

I had experienced a few minor episodes of panic before this—in Bangor in 1993, I nearly fainted when my boss announced that she wanted me to do my first live shot that night—but a meltdown of this magnitude was unprecedented. I was put on an immediate, steady dose of Klonopin, an antianxiety medication, which seemed to bring things under control. For about a week, as I became habituated to the drug, it gave me a pleasant, dopey feeling. With the Klonopin on board, you could have marched an army of crazed chimps armed with nunchucks and ninja stars into my apartment and I would have remained calm.

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