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Lions Roar : May 2019
PHOTOBYA.JESSEJIRYUDAVIS would to assembling a journalistic piece for the air. Soon Sharon Salzberg was conscripted as well, introduced to Harris by Epstein. Harris and Salz- berg would meet for breakfast and more recorded conversation. “He’d ask these questions, these ver y deep and profound questions, as I was trying to eat my eggs,” Salzberg recalls. “He certainly was a seeker. He was seeking understanding.” Many of those conversations made it into Har- ris’s first book, 10% Happier, which included the stor y of his breakdown and his journey into Insight Meditation and Buddhism as a solution. The idea for the book was not an easy sell to publishers. “One brave editor bought it,” Harris says. The first print run was fifteen thousand, a low number for a large, commercial publisher. “Not only did that show a lack of confidence, but they also tried to bargain me up to 20% Happier.” He held firm on his original title, and it paid off. The book became a surprise blockbuster when it was released in December 2014, and now there’s a spe- cial fifth-anniversary edition. “What was humbling was that the success was not about me,” Harris says. “I often joke that there are no original ideas in the book. It’s not that people are interested in me, it’s really just that I got them interested in meditation.” In early 2016, Harris was approached by a Boston- based startup called Change Collective, which at the time was offering an app that featured a series of behavior- change courses. Going Paleo, getting up earlier, having more gratitude, that sort of thing. The founders asked Harris to spearhead a meditation course for them. He agreed to do it only if Joseph Goldstein, as a teacher trained in a traditional Buddhist lineage, could be a part of it. Change Collec- tive agreed, and Goldstein and Harris put together a fourteen-day video course accompanied by a guided audio meditation. It was such a success that the company’s founders partnered with Harris to pivot their business model: instead of multiple behavior courses, they would make an app dedicated to noth- ing but meditation, called 10% Happier. He’d be the face of the app, which he saw as a good strategy. “I’m not robed, I’m in the world hus- tling, I’m getting my hands dirty,” he says. “It’s very different from how most people talk about medita- tion.” But Harris insisted on involving accredited Buddhist teachers in the app from the beginning, Goldstein and Salzberg chief among them. AS 10% HAPPIER TOOK OFF, Harris also progressed at work. He was named anchor of ABC’s news magazine Nightline and weekend co-anchor of Good Morning America. ABC News also produces his weekly 10% Happier podcast, on which he interviews prominent meditators such as Awake in the Wild retreat founder Mark Cole- man, Long Island Center for Mindfulness founder Cory Muscara, and Scandal star Bellamy Young. He seems to have mastered the art of leveraging his news platform to spread the word about meditation while Harris is co- anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. The subtitle of his book 10% Happier tells his story: “How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works.” LION’S ROAR | MAY 2019 54