HarperCollins Speakers Bureau in conjunction with GTN.
Dan Harris is co-anchor of both Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America on ABC News. He is also the author of 10% Happier (It Books), a #1 New York Times bestselling book about a fidgety, skeptical news anchor who stumbles upon meditation. Covering a wide range of self-help topics, Harris is an excellent speaker for corporations, health and wellness organizations, and schools and universities.
In 10 % Happier, Harris tells his story as only a reporter can: through deep research, tough questions, and a healthy dose of humor. The book is part investigation and part immersive journalism: one man’s accidental quest to boost his happiness quotient without losing his professional drive. 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. The book 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.
Previously, Harris 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.
Harris has been at ABC News for 13 years, receiving Murrow and Emmy awards for his reporting. Prior to joining ABC, he was in local news in Boston and Maine. Harris grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife, Bianca, and son in New York City.
Praise for Dan Harris:
"Dan accomplished an amazing feat when he convinced a crowd of busy, skeptical New York Googlers to "just sit there" for 5 minutes a day. Speaking as part of our Authors series, Dan's light approach to meditation was both disarming and refreshing, entertaining and informative. Many in our audience remarked that the talk sparked or deepened their interest in meditating, and that they planned to share the video with family and friends. Who ever thought a talk about doing "nothing" could be so engaging?'
—Melissa Carroll, Google
"Dan Harris did a fantastic job at our conference. He was rated the number one presenter of the day by attendees who called him 'fresh, energetic' and felt he put 'new and exciting ideas out there.' I know of at least two people who ordered his book online from the audience. I would highly recommend him as a presenter."
— Maya Draisin, Executive Producer, WIRED BizCon
“Our audience loved Dan Harris and his book! In a honest and humorous presentation followed by moderated Q+A, he brought into clear focus a topic that many perceive to be so blurry. Our evening with Dan was delightful and truly engaging, like being with a best friend, but better. Each of us emerged heading further in the direction of mindfulness.”
— Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer of Writers in the Loft at The Music Hall, Portsmouth NH
“Dan was a surprise hit of our summit, offering a thought-provoking, timely and engaging presentation that was punctuated by candid dialogue with his audience. His personal journey that led him into the world of meditation is captivating, endearing and, at times, funny. All of this makes for a wonderful, motivating and memorable experience.”
— Jack Blitch, Vice-President and GM, Walt Disney Imagineering
Praise for 10 % Happier:
“10% HAPPIER is a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller. Mindfulness can make you happier. Read this to find out how.”
— George Stephanopoulos
“An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation that offers new insights as to how this ancient practice can help modern lives while avoiding the pitfall of cliché.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“Startling, provocative, and often very funny . . . [10% HAPPIER] will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation’s potential.”
— Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“The science supporting the health benefits of meditation continues to grow as does the number of Americans who count themselves as practitioners but, it took reading 10% HAPPIER to make me actually want to give it a try.”
— Richard E. Besser, M.D., Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News
“10% HAPPIER is hands down the best book on meditation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious . . . an insightful, engaging, and hilarious tour of the mind’s darker corners and what we can do to find a bit of peace.”
— Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus
“This brilliant, humble, funny story shows how one man found a way to navigate the non-stop stresses and demands of modern life and back to humanity by finally learning to sit around doing nothing.”
— Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man
“In 10% HAPPIER, Dan Harris describes in fascinating detail the stresses of working as a news correspondent and the relief he has found through the practice of meditation. This is an extremely brave, funny, and insightful book. Every ambitious person should read it.”
— Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith
“A compellingly honest, delightfully interesting, and at times heart-warming story of one highly intelligent man’s life-changing journey towards a deeper understanding of what makes us our very best selves. As Dan’s meditation practice deepens, I look forward to him being at least 11% happier, or more."
— Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself