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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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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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Worth a listen!

A very human story of one man's trials, failures and re-trials to find peace. He does not preach from an ivory tower.

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Perfect for skeptics about meditation

It is a very interesting book, it doesn’t give you any scientific definitions about meditation, instead the author narrates his own experience with meditation, how he applied it to his own life, the doubts he felt during the journey and the positive changes he felt on himself.

I liked it very much because portrays the reality of what most people encounter when starting to meditate. It also tells you life or meditation is never pink but it is worth to try.

If you are looking for motivation and a friendly approach to meditation get the this book!

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Sublime

loved it. Dan Harris is exceptional in telling his story of how he became 10% happier. A why to meditate with a memoir from the Author tellingbhis story of how he found meditation.

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enjoyed very much

great book really hits the nail on the head about meditation and how it can help us all

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Humorous insightful journey

Wondered where this was going at the start but very much enjoyed the story of Dan's journey and his insights on mindfulness that certainly resonate. Great touches of humour throughout.

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Suprisingly brillant and very funny

I did not expect to find inspiration from an American anchorman but this is an amazing book with some really practical information that I think could help anyone with mindfullness. I also found it really funny.

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Revived my interest in meditation

The book is very compelling as it's easy to resonate with the author's description of the day by day chatter in his head and his sceptical perspective of how to deal with it. The way he gets it under control seems a good recipe for the larger public and I'm interested to try his approach.

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Incredible, just what I have been searching for!

Answered so many questions I had been pondering about mindfulness! Incredible, real world story told by someone I could genuinely connect with.

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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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