10% Happier – Book Review
If you have ever been haunted by the ever-critical voices in your head… if you have ever feared public speaking or public humiliation… if you have ever experienced a panic attack or tried to self-medicate your pain… I think you will appreciate this story.
On the morning of June 7, 2004 – while filling in on the set of Good Morning with luminaries Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer – one budding on-air personality’s worst nightmare unfolded.
News journalist Dan Harris had a full blown panic attack on the air in front of 5 million people.
One moment Dan was reading the news prompter… The next, he was “being stabbed in the brain with raw animal fear” and fighting down a “paralytic wave of panic”.
His mouth turned to mush.
Stopped in his tracks by this unanticipated onslaught, Dan found himself unable to continue reading the news and cut his portion of the morning news short.
As you might imagine, Dan describes June 7, 2004 as the most humiliating day in his life.
But – in retrospect – June 7, 2004 was also the day that turned his life around.
In his compelling memoir, 10% Happier, Dan Harris reveals the events that led to this infamous on-air day – the surprising spiritual journey he finds himself on when Peter Jennings assigns him to the faith beat – and the solution that changes his life.
Dan is a top-notch writer who knows how to tell an engaging story. I found his candor and irreverence compelling. 10% Happier drew me in from the start and kept me wanting to know what happened next all along the way. In a nutshell – I thoroughly enjoyed his book.
If you’re interested in what goes on in the cut-throat world of journalism – if you want to know what religion and spirituality looks like from an outsider’s point of view – if you want a first-hand look at how PTSD and casual drug use can affect even the most high-achieving among us – don’t miss 10% Happier by Dan Harris.
Have you learned how to turn off the voices inside of your head?
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Note: This book contains some profanity.
The Long Journey To Becoming “10% Happier”
About Dan Harris
Dan Harris is the co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and the weekday editions of Good Morning America.
Before joining ABC News fourteen years ago, Dan worked for local news outlets in Boston and Maine.
Dan lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City. This is his first book.
For More Information
- Visit the 10% Happier Blog Tour Page.
- Connect with Dan on Facebook and Twitter.
- 10% Happier is available on Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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