10% Happier Dan Harris
have a confession. Like the author of 10% Happier, I have an inner voice. A voice that is part fairy godmother, most troll under the bridge. A voice that can reassure but more often than not disparages. A voice that never shuts up. Buddhists call this voice "the monkey mind", the mind that all humans possess and the mind that Dan Harris tames with meditation. With surprising candor and wicked humor Harris chronicles his long and strange journey to become a better man--from his nationally televised anxiety attack on Good Morning America, to his abuse of cocaine, to his insatiable ambition as a journalist, and to his growing awareness that he needed to disentangle from "the clammy embrace of self-obsession." And although he remains skeptical of the new age spirituality in Buddhism, he finds solace in its practice of meditation and its concept of mindfulness--by learning to respond thoughtfully, rather than react thoughtlessly, to the world around him. Couldn't we all benefit from such a lesson?