Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for the show Nightline, a meditation skeptic turned believer, and the author of the book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works – a True Story.
After an on-air panic attack in 2004, Harris went on a journey to figure out why he had been experiencing panic attacks. Part of this journey led him to discover the benefits of meditation and he now wants to spread the word.
His promise is not grand. He doesn’t claim meditation will solve all of your problems, but he does believe it will make you 10% happier.
In this video, Harris talks about how he started small with just five minutes of meditation a day and he is really honest about his experience with it. He notes that in the beginning it didn’t seem awesome and actually felt like a waste of time.
Are you interested in exploring meditation?
At OITE, we are no strangers to this topic. We have written about the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into your day here on this blog, and we even have a weekly meditation group which meets every Thursday.
If you are not at the NIH, you might want to check out Dan’s book and podcast to help you get started with meditating.