10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story Hardcover – Mar 11 2014
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Startling, provocative, and often very funny . . . [10% HAPPIER] will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation’s potential. (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)
10% HAPPIER is hands down the best book on meditation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious. . . . an insightful, engaging, and hilarious tour of the mind’s darker corners and what we can do to find a bit of peace. (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus)
The science supporting the health benefits of meditation continues to grow as does the number of Americans who count themselves as practitioners but, it took reading 10% HAPPIER to make me actually want to give it a try. (Richard E. Besser, M.D., Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News)
An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation that offers new insights as to how this ancient practice can help modern lives while avoiding the pitfall of cliché. This is a book that will help people, simply put. (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)
This brilliant, humble, funny story shows how one man found a way to navigate the non-stop stresses and demands of modern life and back to humanity by finally learning to sit around doing nothing. (Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man)
In 10% Happier, Dan Harris describes in fascinating detail the stresses of working as a news correspondent and the relief he has found through the practice of meditation. This is an extremely brave, funny, and insightful book. Every ambitious person should read it. (Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith)
A compellingly honest, delightfully interesting, and at times heart-warming story of one highly intelligent man’s life-changing journey towards a deeper understanding of what makes us our very best selves. As Dan’s meditation practice deepens, I look forward to him being at least 11% happier, or more. (Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself)
10% Happier is a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller. Mindfulness can make you happier. Read this to find out how. (George Stephanopoulos)
Part-science, part-memoir, and part self-help, Harris outlines specific ways he learned to, well, chill the f#%k out. (GQ)
A self-help guide even skeptics will embrace . . . Harris crushes stereotypes about meditation and recounts how it slashed his stress and quieted his anxious mind. (Parade)
Revealing . . . I’d recommend this to anyone. (USA Today, Pop Candy)
Harris never loses his sense of humor as he affably spotlights one man’s quest for internal serenity while concurrently navigating the slings and arrows of a hard-won career in the contemporary media spotlight. Friendly, practical advocacy for the power of mindfulness and enlightenment. (Kirkus)
Harris’s journey of discovery brought back lessons for all of us about our lives, too. (Diane Sawyer)
Lively . . . part reporting, part personal experience . . . By letting us hear the voice in his head - before and after he starts meditating—Harris makes a convincing case that if he can do it, we can, too. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris is an unlikely ambassador for mindfulness, but his new book . . . might be just the thing that gets people to unplug and recognize that all this multitasking is making us miserable and unhealthy. (xoJane)
About the Author
Dan Harris is the coanchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and the weekday editions of Good Morning America. Before joining ABC News fourteen years ago, he worked for local news outlets in Boston and Maine. He lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City. This is his first book.
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What Dan Harris’s describes in this book is his honest, neurotic, sometimes shallow and vain search for something to balance him out. It’s the journey to find that. What he finds is that meditation works to calm the craziness in his head and overall, it works to improve your happiness by about 10%. He doesn’t list off a bunch of techniques on how to do this or what books to read on it, he just tells you his trip.
Candid, genuine and relatable story (in the human sense).
Pretty funny in parts, albeit grating at times.
Comparatively researched against mainstream Christianity.
Explains the basics on meditation.
Not a “how to book”.
Not insightful for folks that have a base in meditation/Eastern teachings.
If you don’t like Dan Harris, you won’t care for his story.
Buy it if you want to hear about a funny, half Jewish, news anchor talk honest and embarrassingly about his neurosis and how he goes on a mission to solve it. Don’t buy it if you are looking for a serious ‘how to’ on meditation. It’s got some pretty humorous parts though!
Harris's spiritual journey takes some interesting and freaky twists and turns. His assignment as ABC's religion and spirituality correspondent has him crossing paths with some fascinating persons, including disgraced evangelist Ted Haggard, self-help authors Eckhardt Tolle and Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, meditating Marines, a group of practitioners of Buddhist meditation that Harris dubs "the Jew-bus", and even Paris Hilton. In the process he attends a 10 day meditation retreat, while getting married and going through a roller-coaster ride in his professional career. It is the sharing of the author's personal journey, as well as how he learns and evolves in his knowledge and understanding of the concept of mindfulness that make this such a compelling story.Read more ›
Dan provides a journey through his life, explaining the highs and lows. This makes him very personable. He is just like me. He has lows - depression - internal voice that dissuade and make you feel like a failure. He describes his journey of finding a way of coping with these challenges that afflict so many professionals (but which is also hidden, as these are still a stigma in professional society, and business). Dan continues to explain his big secret, meditation. It is fantastic that he take meditation away from the mystical and spiritual element. It is a great psychological practice onto itself - and does not have to be associated with spiritualism, as he self proclaims to be an athiest/agnostic.
Excellent book for professionals. Very realistic. I like his point about it not being the answer to all - but that Meditation helps him to be 10% happier without losing his edge in business. Exceptional message!
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Dan's style is real. I love his innate skepticism that spills out to the very end. He answers so many objections and asks so many relevant questions that have and do go through my... Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Lorri king
This was a really interesting & enjoyable read. I found Dan Harris' journey to meditation interesting, funny, and something I could relate to. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
A quick and entertaining read. I like Dan's writing style, even if he did make me go look up a few words in the dictionary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by neilmobl
On the one hand I really admire the author's honesty about his personal foibles and insecurities but on the other hand there is so much introspection it becomes exhausting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by parsnip
This was a great first Intro to meditation.
I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to start a meditation practise.
On the surface, Nightline anchor Dan Harris may not capture the prototypical image that most people have of a meditation advocate. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kylan