“Happiness, it turns out, is a skill-one that you can train, just like you train your body in the gym. This is the next big public health revolution. Get on board.”
Dan Harris is co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America on ABC News. He is the author of 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 (Dey Street, 2014, a #1 New York Times bestselling book about a fidgety, skeptical news anchor who stumbles upon meditation. This ancient practice—too long associated exclusively with hippies and robed gurus—has been shown by modern science to boost resilience, focus, creativity, emotional intelligence, and overall mental and physical health. With meditation and mindfulness now being embraced by executives, athletes, educators and entertainers, Harris has become a leading voice for pushing for the practice into the mainstream, using plain English and dry humor. He is an excellent speaker for corporations, health and wellness organizations, and schools and universities.
In 10 % Happier, Harris tells his story as only a reporter can: through deep research, tough questions, and a healthy dose of irony. The book is part investigation and part immersive journalism: one man’s accidental quest to boost his happiness quotient without losing his professional drive. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the unreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines, who are now using it to be calmer, happier, and less yanked around by their emotions. The book 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.
Harris co-founded the app 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, which mixes the irreverence of the book with simple, practical, down-to-earth instructions. Users get short, daily videos, in which Dan discusses the practice with some of the world’s greatest teachers. The app also comes with a personal coach, who can answer questions and keep users accountable.
Recently, Harris developed 10% Happier into a podcast, where he interviews experts of all fields on the probing question: How to be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment? Dan Harris lives in New York City with his wife Bianca, their son Alexander.