10% Happier

10% Happier

How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found A Self-help That Actually Works-- A True Story

Streaming Audiobook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062331892
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 50 min.)) : digital


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Oct 01, 2018

I found Dan Harris's voice very annoying. I prefer the book.

Oct 03, 2017

Well-researched tome on meditation couched in the author's personal story and coming from a skeptic perspective. The audiobook is well read by the author.

VaughanPLSarahN May 05, 2017

I found this book, more a memoir than a guidebook, very entertaining. I had very little previous knowledge of (or interest in) veteran journalist Dan Harris before downloading this audiobook, but I found the clear writing and humourous tone easy to get into.
As a driven, Type A, somewhat temperamental reporter, Harris' journey into accepting meditation as something that could make his life better was definitely bumpy, and his willingness to share his mistakes and foibles makes him likeable.
A great listen on a drive.

ArapahoeJane Aug 30, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to and sprinkled with snippets of wisdom to share, this is a worthwhile book to listen to on long car trips and on one's commute. Dan Harris is very honest about himself throughout.

TSCPL_MichelleS Jun 01, 2016

A brutally honest review of one person's struggle to find inner peace is this chaotic world. Decent summary of techniques/resources at the end.

Sep 27, 2015

Overall a very good read (or listen -- audiobook), read aloud by the author. The writer gives his experiences of becoming
an expert meditator. I guess I thought the book would be more instructional rather than inspirational -- the reader is encouraged to start meditating by the mid to end of the book. Overall, the writer gives many compelling arguments/benefits to the reader to become more mindful/happy and to start meditating.

Jan 12, 2015

Thanks, Daniel, for very helpful review.

Oct 31, 2014

I've read a fair share of self-help books, most of them underwhelming, and I can tell you this is not the case with Dan Harris' 10% Happier. First off, it's not self-help in the categorical sense; it's a memoir. And it's a side-splitting, hilarious one at that. Also, spoiler alert, the 'Self-Help That Actually Works' from the subtitle refers to meditation.

Harris is an established news correspondent for ABC. Maybe you know him from TV? I don't watch ABC News nor had I heard of Dan Harris before reading this book. His road from budding career journalist to writing 10% Happier evolved out of a reporter's curiosity as much as out of personal necessity. A decade ago, after years of career stagnation and a sprawling drug habit that eventually led to an on-air panic attack, Harris began a journey of introspection. Meditation wasn't even on his radar right away either. That discovery didn't happen until after some time spent covering the religion beat for ABC. Even then there was no magic light bulb, no grand ah-ha moment for Harris. He poo-pooed meditation long before sincerely giving it a try himself.

Three things stand out that makes this book a winner: (1) Harris' transformation from meditation skeptic to daily practitioner is humbling and genuine. Of special note, the section on his first meditation retreat is possibly the crown jewel of the entire book. (2) Harris' writing style and humor. What can I say? I like edgy, ironic, occasionally vulgar humor. Win-win. ("Flophouse in Duluth!") And (3), if you're interested in trying meditation, as I was and still am, then 10% Happier is the ideal introduction without feeling like a how-to manual. Instructional manuals often lack emotional context. This is real life.


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