Join us for a mesmerizing evening, as Nightline anchor Dan Harris shares with us, his unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and how he discovered a way to get happier that is truly achievable.
Dan Harris is co-anchor of ABC News' Nightline and also co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Before that, he was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories on ABC for such shows as 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and GMA. Harris has reported from all over the planet, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq; and produced investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering America's faith scene, with a focus on evangelicals-who have treated him kindly despite the fact that he is openly agnostic. He has been at ABC News for 13 years, receiving Murrow and Emmy awards for his reporting.
Journalist, Newscaster and Author
After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Nightline anchor, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes in his life. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.
We all have a voice in our head. It's what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we're not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice - that there's nothing we can do to rein it in - but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that.
It's a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it's something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.
He shares this journey in his new book: 10% HAPPIER: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works-A True Story. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America's spiritual scene, and leaves us with a takeaway that could actually change our lives.
“A compelling honest, delightfully interesting, and at times heartwarming story of one highly intelligent man’s life-changing journey toward a deeper understanding of what makes us our very best selves.” – Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street (at CPW)
New York, NY 10023
All ticket holders will receive a copy of the book. Mr. Harris will be available to sign his book following the conversation. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event. Should you want to purchase the book prior to the event simply click on the book image below.
"Hands down the best book on mediation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious. Part confessional, part investigative journalism, 10% Happier is 100% engrossing." - Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus