Be Successful – 10% Happier and Factfulness

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Two more bestsellers, 10% Happier and Factfulness, to help you on the road to be successful.

10% Happier, Dan Harris. This book comes with a rather long subtitle: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story.

Boston-born Daniel B. Harris is a journalist for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Harris encourages the use of meditation, and himself uses a method of watching the breath. His 10% Happier podcasts are interviews with other meditators.

In the book, Harris recounts how he resolved the apparent conflict between meditation-induced equanimity and the aggressive competitiveness required for success as a TV-news journalist.

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious and deeply sceptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong non-believer, 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 propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

Finally, Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 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 them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

Although he refers to himself as “half-Jewish and culturally Jewish”, he identifies himself as a Buddhist.

Factfulness Another long, explanatory subtitle for Hans Rosling’s instant bestseller: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World-And Why Things Are Better Than You Think.

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends, such as what percentage of the world’s population lives in poverty, why the world’s population is increasing, how many girls finish school… we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates and investment bankers.