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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
Narrated by: Dan Harris
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (258 ratings)
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Summary

The perfect book for the spirituality sceptics who really do need meditation in their daily routine.

10% Happier is a spiritual book written for - and by - someone who would otherwise never listen to a spiritual book. It is both a deadly serious and seriously funny look at mindfulness and meditation as the next big public health revolution.

Dan Harris always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. How else can you climb the ladder in an ultracompetitive field like TV news except through nonstop hand-wringing and hypervigilance?

For a while his strategy worked. Harris anchored national broadcasts, and he covered wars. Then he hit the brakes and had a full-blown panic attack live on the air. What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through a bizarre series of events - involving a disgraced evangelical pastor, a mysterious self-help guru and a fateful gift from his wife - Harris stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: meditation.

At first he was deeply suspicious. He had long associated meditation with bearded swamis and unwashed hippies. But when confronted with mounting scientific evidence that just a few minutes a day can literally rewire the brain for focus, happiness, and reduced reactivity, Harris took a deep dive. He spent years mingling with scientists, executives and marines on the front lines of a quiet revolution that has the potential to reshape society. He became a daily meditator and even found himself on a 10-day silent meditation retreat, which was simultaneously the best and worst experience he'd ever had.

Harris' life was not transformed into a parade of rainbows and unicorns, but he did gain a passion for daily meditation. While the book itself is a narrative account of Dan's conversion amid the harried and decidedly non-Zen world of the newsroom, it concludes with a section for the novice on how to get started.

©2014 Dan Harris (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Almost gave up several times

The narration wasn't great, but the most annoying thing about this book was it was more this guy's autobiography than a book that gave you any relevant advice. It's great how much he loves his wife but for the 200th time i hear about 'wonderful Bianca' and learn everything from her home cooking to how many guests they had at their wedding, it was getting a bit annoying. Only the final 3 chapters get into the actual meditation peice, this book could've been a third of the size. I wouldn't recommend.

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An “enlightened” choice

I really enjoyed this book and engulfed it in almost one sitting which is testament to how it flowed. I liked how Dan flip flopped from his story through the years as being an anchor and how mindfulness slipped into his life and became part of him. Being sceptical myself, I also connected to the way Dan always questioned things he came across that seemed a bit woo woo. Even when he had made up his mind and perhaps been somewhat judgmental he still found a way to revisit his thoughts when something new arose to challenge his way of thinking. I will always practice meditation and mindfulness as I believe it is of huge benefit to everyone. Great book and must read/listen! Thanks Dan.

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Great story but narration let it down a little

What did you like most about 10% Happier?

Firstly, the story is entertaining and told in a light hearted endearing manner. It resonates with my journey. The only downside is the narration. Dan has an excellent TV voice but not suited to book narration. Even his own. It would have benefited from a professional voice over. The style was too 'TV news', imparting information and authority when a more sympathetic, story telling voice would have been better. Just my personal opinion. Take it or leave it.

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Interesting, if a little bit irritating.

So someone I really respect recommend this book as a good, non religious mumbo jumbo introduction into (or back into in my case) meditation, and I can see why - there's a lot of good information in this book.

However, I found the author/narrator incredibly irritating - it's just my opinion, but he comes across as a rather narcissistic, self promoting, name dropping, typically smug "Hack" (in the UK journalistic use of the word).
Most of the book is a semi autobiography about how amazing his life is - fame, world travel, great job, beautiful-smart-successful wife, meeting celebrities and generally having opportunities most people can only dream of - which he then complains about ad nauseam.

I appreciate there is a self deprecating tone to much of her commentary, but I found it grating.
Maybe I am not being fair - but rather early in the book he misgenders and dead names a Trans person - I found that deeply unpleasant and almost stopped reading completely at that point. I had to take a brake for several days before I went back to it. His rather smugly and patronising discussions about "Hippies, etc" just seemed highly performative .

However, all that said, I'd still recommend giving this a try as his suggestions I thought were pretty good and practical - I just wish the book a
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Great book

Dan Harris has been a great companion over the last couple of weeks and I will miss him.

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Wonderful book.. truly

Thoroughly objective, engaging and, as a consequence, proselytizing. This is everything the discerning reader could hope for and more. I could read/listen to Dan all day.. and did so.

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Entertaining Listen!

While Dan, as other reviews have pointed out, does indeed make the book mostly about himself he still manages to give insight into the world of meditation, mindfulness and enlightenment. And I learned a thing or two. Loved it!

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Brilliant and a life changer... Thank you xx

So easy to listen to and with humour... Yet at the same time life changing... Thank you xx

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Brilliant ! A must read for anyone with anxiety !!

The reader really brings you along a journey of self discovery with a witty scepticism. Brilliant for those realistic optimists :-)

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Interesting and thought provoking

Loved the story and Dan is very open and relatable. Only slight negative is his voice is not suited to being listened to at faster speed, unlike some other narrators

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  • Ansa Brink
  • 13-07-18

Absolutely fantastic!

This book opened a new world to me.

Dan has managed to promote the idea and practice of meditation with the backing and running commentary of real thoughs, feelings and a highlight reel of real world issues. The point is to preservere and keep asking questions.

I will listen to this book again and again and keep practicing to practice meditation.

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  • Llewellyn
  • 23-08-18

Disappointed

Too self-centric. Basically an autobiography full of the author's ego. Puts others down to elevate himself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-18

Straight TORTURE son.

This was absolutely useless, I have zero interest in this man's autobiography which is mostly what it is interwoven with his banal efforts to get involved with Mindfulness. Spare yourselves. Avoid at all cost

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