How Meditation Can Make You '10 Percent Happier'

ABC's Dan Harris explains the benefits of meditation and how the relatively simple activity can affect your life.
3:00 | 03/11/14

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-- I'm Dan Harris welcome to ABC news Yahoo! News behind the headlines today lenders and in usual I'm gonna give you -- meditation lessons. Let me say up front that I always. -- meditation was of the uniquely odious and annoying. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I learned that medication is actually scientifically validated. Exercise for your brain it can lower your blood pressure a boost your immune system and literally rewire key parts of your brain so that -- happier OK so here's they do it. This is gonna take just thirty seconds to -- three steps first step sit down you can actually sit cross -- if you want but you don't have to. I sit in the chair you can sit on floor if you want but the key is keep your spine straight. That's just because if you're -- your -- -- -- falsely. The second step is to pay attention to your breath pick spot like your nose your chest your belly. -- just try to feel your breath coming in and going out you know -- breathe deeply. Just notice how it feels to -- and try to focus on that. You'll notice that this is very hard so -- step three every time your mind wanders. Which it will a million times. Catchers -- wandering and bring your attention back to the -- This is like a biceps -- for your brain. It will teach -- -- focus it will stop you from walking around -- so many of us do any daydream. In a any. Fog of memories about the -- -- projections into the future it will change your relationship to reality your life. I know that sounds a little -- but don't just take my word -- Remember the science I told you about and consider that everybody from the co founders of Twitter too -- athletes like Novak Djokovic. To rock stars like Katy Perry the lead singer of Weezer are doing this because it can make you more successful. And happy if you want to learn more about how to do -- you can go to slash. 10% happier which happens to be the name of a new book that I wrote that's out today march 11 which you can also check out -- meditation instruction and there as well. For now I'm Dan Harris days.

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