"10% happier" by Dan Harris
10% HAPPIER is a spiritual book written for - and by - someone who would otherwise never read a spiritual book. It is both a serious and seriously funny look at mindfulness and meditation as the next big public health revolution.
Dan Harris always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. How can you climb the ladder in an ultra-competitive field like TV news otherwise? For a while, his strategy worked... until he had a full-blown panic attack live on the air. What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through an unpredicatable series of events, Harris stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: meditation. At first, he was deeply suspicious, but when confronted with mounting scientific evidence that just a few minutes a day can literally rewire the brain for focus, happiness, and reduced reactivity, Harris took a deep dive. He spent years mingling with scientists, executives and marines on the front lines of a quiet revolution that has the potential to reshape society. He became a daily meditator, and even found himself on a ten-day, silent meditation retreat, which was simultaneously the best and worst experience he'd ever had.
While the book itself is a narrative account of Dan's conversion amid the harried and decidedly non-Zen world of the newsroom, it concludes with a section for the novice on how to get started.