ABC’s Dan Harris Turns To Meditation After On-Air Panic Attack

Harris, author of the forthcoming book 10% Happier, on how he became a "reluctant convert to meditation."

When news anchor Dan Harris had an on-air panic attack in 2004, it prompted him to visit a psychiatrist and find a way to cope with his “well-hidden and well-managed” drug use and depression—both of which had developed after he returned from covering the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, and Palestine.

In his book, 10% Happier, coming out in March, Harris talks about how meditation helped him make changes to keep his life in check. Harris currently works as a co-anchor for ABC’s “Nightline” and is a “Good Morning America” weekend correspondent.

From the ABC News Post:

Meditation is a tool for taming the voice in your head. You know the voice I’m talking about. It’s what has us constantly ruminating on the past or projecting into the future. It prods us to incessantly check our email, lurch over to the fridge when we’re not hungry, and lose our temper when it’s not in our best interest.

To be clear, meditation won’t magically solve all of your problems. I still do dumb things—just ask my wife—but meditation is often effective kryptonite against the kind of epic mindlessness that produced my televised panic attack. When friends and colleagues ask (usually with barely hidden skepticism) why I meditate, I often say, “It makes me 10% happier.”

Read the ABC News post.