Election stress is real: Now there’s help, through meditation.

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New meditation series from 10% Happier can help you keep perspective and better manage election stress, whenever it strikes, with practical advice from renowned meditation experts.

BOSTON, Mass.: Meditation company 10% Happier is launching a new effort today to help Americans cope with stress from this year’s presidential election.

On Tuesday, 10% Happier is introducing a series of short, election-themed meditations created specifically to help people deal with this election stress. These free, non-partisan meditations offer practical advice from some of the world’s most respected teachers (including Sharon Salzberg, JoAnna Harper and Jeff Warren) on how to keep election anxiety from getting the best of you, and keep the election in perspective.

New data released last week by the American Psychological Association showed that more than 52% of Americans report significant increases in their stress levels due to anxiety about the presidential election. This stress is universal, affecting voters across the political spectrum, around the country, and across all age groups.

10% Happier’s new series –launching the day before the final presidential debate–is designed to help anyone manage election stress, whether they’re experienced meditators or people who are new to (or skeptical about) meditation. The meditations offer relief for election stress, wherever it strikes: reading the news; scrolling through Facebook; watching Wednesday’s debate; or discussing the election at the office, with family or with friends.

  • They’re free. This series is available for free through 10% Happier’s iOS app and on the web at http://www.10percenthappier.com/elections.
  • They’re available on the-go: People can deal with election stress on-the-go, no matter where it comes up, with advice from renowned teachers in the meditation world.
  • They’re short: the meditations are brief, between 5 and 12 minutes long, making it easier to fit meditation into people’s busy days.
  • They’re non-partisan: they can help any voter, no matter which way they lean on the political spectrum.
  • They’re secular: 10% Happier offers people the scientifically validated benefits of meditation, without the mystical “woo woo” that holds some people back from trying meditation. And, they can help with more than just election stress: Introducing a daily meditation practice will help not only with election stress, but stress that comes up in day-to-day life.

In addition, ABC News anchor Dan Harris –who co-founded 10% Happier and whose best-selling meditation book inspired the company’s meditation app—discussed the election stress phenomenon this week in a special episode of his ABC News podcast, “10% Happier”. For the discussion, Harris was joined by a distinguished panel of guests, including reporter and meditation columnist David Gelles from The New York Times; Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society; and JoAnna Harper, teacher with the Los Angeles-based meditation society Against the Stream.

About 10% Happier:
10% Happier is a Boston-based meditation company whose mission is make meditation more approachable. Inspired by the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, 10% Happier offers a quick, simple introduction to meditation from skeptical ABC newsman Dan Harris and some of the most approachable American meditation teachers, including Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg. Through a mix of videos, guided meditations, expert advice and personal coaching, the company helps people make meditation a daily practice and apply mindfulness techniques in their everyday lives.

Download the 10% Happier app and learn to meditate for free. If you’d like to get more content, you can subscribe for just $9.99 a month or $79.99 per year.

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