Except a rare few, everyone wants to feel and live happy. The very source of this happiness lies deep within you. But to feel it you have to cultivate and feed this source. To release the power of happiness within you you have to reduce anxiety and stress.
The book “10% Happier” written by Dan Harris teaches us how to nurture the inner source of power within us. The author a famed news anchor suffered a serious panic attack on air while millions of viewers watched him on TV. This event forced him to make significant changes in his life to lead healthier and happier life.
This book is subtitled, “How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works.” The reason for this is each one of us like the author has a voice inside of us that narrates our life story.
Most often this inner narrator is not kind to us. It takes over control of our life and sometimes makes us react in very visible and public way like it happened with the author. As you might have guessed by now the voice in the author’s head was highly critical of him.
The highly critical inner voice telling you constantly that you are not good enough or don’t deserve an accolade or that you will never able to achieve your goals or dreams is the reason why we hold back. It keeps us stuck in a rut and does not let us progress.
Why does it have this power?
Because we listen to it and believe in it.
We indulge in self-defeating behaviour because we listen to this inner voice. We give it too much credit and importance in our lives. We often lash out at others because our inner voice narrates a critical story about the other person even when they have done nothing significant to justify such a backlash. We are quick to react emotionally because of the story being narrated by our inner voice.
How many times have you reached out for food even though it is unhealthy and unnecessary because of the stress caused by your inner voices. Many binge on food, alcohol or recreational drugs because of the demons inside their head battling out. This critical inner voice and feelings push people to lead frenetic lifestyles to try to escape the noise inside their heads.
The judgemental and hyper-critical voice can turn people into workaholics, depressive people or junkies seeking adrenaline highs. In this frank book the author describes his own struggles battling with the inner track in his head. The great news is that the voice inside your head is really not in control and does not need to hold your life back.
You can take control of your life and run it on your own terms through meditation. This book teaches how to do this. Meditation also has other benefits like improving your health, calming your mind, keep your brain on track and keep the inner voice under a firm check.
Through this book you will learn to improve focus and find the inner happiness you seek. Most important that inner negative voice will no longer hold you prisoner. You can say goodbye to the critical inner track in your brain. You will learn to be aware of what you eat, what you say and how to be fully present in the moment. “10% Happier” will show you the way.