Dan Harris is an ABC News reporter and a weekend presenter for Good Morning America. Prior to that, he was the anchor of World News on Sunday. He frequently provides stories to Nightline, 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and GMA. Harris has covered wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq, as well as producing investigative stories in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo.
Dan Harris is a fidgety, suspicious journalist who has a panic episode on live national television, prompting him to attempt something he would never have considered before: meditation. He later went on to create the best-selling book, 10% Happier. Dan interviews prominent meditation instructors, leading scientists, and even the occasional celebrity on this episode. Among the guests are His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Brené Brown, and Karamo from Queer Eye.
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Inspiring Talks by Dan Harris
- “Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not good enough because you need to get to the next one. That is continuous stress.”
- “When you have one foot in the future and the other in the past, you piss on the present.”
- “What mindfulness does is create some space in your head so you can, as the Buddhists say, “respond” rather than simply “react.” In the Buddhist view, you can’t control what comes up in your head; it all arises out of a mysterious void. We spend a lot of time judging ourselves harshly for feelings that we had no role in summoning. The only thing you can control is how you handle it.”
- “There’s no point in being unhappy about things you can’t change, and no point being unhappy about things you can.”
- “pursuit of happiness becomes the source of our unhappiness.”
- “Meditation is not about feeling a certain way. It’s about feeling the way you feel.”
- “But it was in this moment, lying in bed late at night, that I first realized that the voice in my head—the running commentary that had dominated my field of consciousness since I could remember—was kind of an asshole.”
- “Your demons may have been ejected from the building, but they’re out in the parking lot, doing push-ups.”)”
- “Everything in the world is ultimately unsatisfying and unreliable because it won’t last.”
- “May you be happy. May you be safe and protected from harm. May you be healthy and strong. May you live with ease.”