Dan Harris was an ABC news anchor, moving up quickly through the ranks of television journalism. Anyone looking at him from the outside would think he had everything going right. But Mr. Harris has a problem with the voice in his head. It constantly told him he was not good enough to be where he was, that he was not good enough to compete with the big names in news.
This constant nagging from his inner voice led to an on air panic attack that was witnessed by millions. He seeks help by seeing a psychologist and assures his employers that it will not happen again. But, he finds his anxiety rising as he fears another ill timed panic attack.
Around this same time he is assigned to cover Religion and Spirituality. He's not happy about this. But as he meets and discusses philosophy with individuals such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Jewish Buddhists, and the Dalai Lama he can't help but see their advice might apply to him.
There is a lot to enjoy in this self-help memoir. It provides a fascinating glimpse inside a major network newsroom. His recollections of being war correspondent in Baghdad are compelling page turners. This book is well written and entertaining. He meets fascinating people and asks them the kinds of questions we would if we had the opportunity.
Mr. Harris is not preachy. He doesn't claim to have it all figured out. He's a skeptic and approaches his assignment to Religion and Spirituality assuming these individuals he has to interview are frauds. His skepticism is refreshingly honest. After much consideration, he decides to give meditation a try. Through meditation he finds a way to quiet his inner voice and control his temper. The book includes instructions in the appendix on how too meditate.
I did give it a try after this book and there is significant research on the health benefits on meditation. It has been proven in multiple studies to help manage pain and improve the health of our hearts, immune system, and lower blood pressure. The Mayo Clinic says meditation can help treat asthma, depression, and sleep problems. Even with all that, it has not become a daily habit in my life. I'd like it to be, but it just hasn't stuck for me.
I did take away a Frequent and Consistent action that has made a big difference in my life. Mr. Harris talks about learning the Buddhist principle of "all things are temporary." I've translated that to "this too shall pass." I've added that phase to my internal dialog and find it very helpful for controlling temper and anxiety.
When I'm dealing with a difficult customer, I tell myself "this too shall pass" and remember that a week from now I will have forgotten all about this, so why get upset now. I find it can also apply to pain. When my shoulder is acting up, I tell myself "this too shall pass" and know that tomorrow or the next day it will be feeling better.
This is probably one of the first take-aways from a self help book that has stuck with me and made a significant change in my life. That is why this book makes we want to buy copies to pass out to people and why I decided to review it. I am not paid for my review and did not receive a free copy of this book. It is my honest opinion that this book is worth the read, and just may help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
Have you read 10% Happier? If so, please leave a comment and tell me what you thought of it!