Friday April 17, 2015

He's 10% Happier (Or: How a workaholic's panic attack on TV led to inner peace. Sort of.)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) ABC News correspondant/ co-anchor for Nightline Dan Harris visits The "Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show" to discuss his new book '10% Happier' at Z100 Studio on March 28, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) ABC News correspondant/ co-anchor for Nightline Dan Harris visits The "Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show" to discuss his new book '10% Happier' at Z100 Studio on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

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It started out as your typical day at work for Dan Harris. But when he began to read the news that day on ABC Television's Good Morning America, something happened. Something scary.  You can just about hear it in his voice: he trips over a couple of words, speaks a bit of nonsense, then he bails out - abruptly throwing it back to the show's hosts.

Roughly 5 million people watched Harris have a panic attack on live TV.

What happened next was an odyssey into the world of self-help, from snake-oil salesmen to some life-changing new habits.

Harris swore off recreational drugs, met all the gurus, and started meditating.

Book Excerpt:

Read the preface of Dan Harris' best-selling book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help that Actually Works--A True Story

The goal? To tame his out-of-control worries and silence the inner voice that berated him about his looks, his career choices and his whole life. Harris joins Tapestry's Mary Hynes to report on what worked - and what didn't.

Dan Harris is the co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. His book is called 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help that Actually Works--A True Story.