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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

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Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir

Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.

10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

Customer Reviews

10% Happier

Dan took a long time to tell his story. He seems like a good guy. However, he is not that interesting. I wish I could get my money back for this book.

10% substance

I really wish the author planned the narrative around a central point. 90% of the book is narcissistic ranting. If you are looking to be more aware of the present, I would look elsewhere. If you want to delve into the behind-the-scenes lives of news anchors, then maybe this book is worth a shot. I do appreciate the author's recount of his path to enlightenment from dealing with a sea of voices to living in the "now" and not judging the present but he took 6 chapters to do so. It could have been done in 6 pages.

Interesting Read

I saw the story about this book on ABC news and thought to myself, hmmmmm, this guy sounds like me. After reading the book, it turns out there were indeed similarities. The book is a good read. I got through it in a week. It has interesting stories about his journalism career and then it goes into his various encounters with different people who try to enlighten him in his quest to find a sort of inner peace. I wouldn't say it blew my mind in any way, but there is advice to be found for sure and I think he does a good job of covering some of the bases. I'm currently at the end reading through the appendix for the various techniques and will certainly be giving them a try.

10% Happier
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Self-Improvement
  • Published: Mar 11, 2014
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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