A 10% Happier How-to Book
Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 26, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was
for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and
use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic
attack on live television, he went on a strange and
circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of
meditation’s most vocal public proponents.
Here’s what he’s fixated on now: Science suggests that
meditation can lower blood pressure, mitigate depression and
anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain, among
numerous other benefits. And yet there are millions of
people who want to meditate but aren’t actually practicing.
What’s holding them back?
In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Harris and his friend
Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and “Meditation MacGyver,”
embark on a cross-country quest to tackle the myths,
misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from
meditating. They rent a rock-star tour bus (whose previous
occupants were Parliament Funkadelic) and travel across
eighteen states, talking to scores of would-be
meditators—including parents, military cadets, police
officers, and even a few celebrities. They create a taxonomy
of the most common issues (“I suck at this,” “I don’t have
the time,” etc.) and offer up science-based life hacks to
help people overcome them.
The book is filled with game-changing and deeply practical
meditation instructions. You’ll also get access to the 10%
Happier app, where you can listen for free to guided audio
versions of all the meditations in the book. Amid it all
unspools the strange and hilarious story of what happens
when a congenitally sarcastic, type-A journalist and a
groovy Canadian mystic embark on an epic road trip into
America’s neurotic underbelly, as well as their own.
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