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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 Paperback – December 30, 2014
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Harris had the ambition and drive to rise to ABC News television anchor. He’d felt the “journalistic heroin” of reporting from war zones, anchored national broadcasts, and even recovered from cocaine addiction. But he also had a voice in his head, the same voice most of us wrestle with, constantly second-guessing him. If he could only quiet that voice, he’d be happier and less stressed. Harris was already covering the religion beat when he veered off on a personal journey to find answers beyond the self-help gurus. Along the way, he talked to Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, a host of Jewish Buddhists, and even the Dalai Lama before reluctantly trying meditation. Approaching it with all the skepticism of a reporter, Harris checked out the neurological research and learned that meditation was being used in the corporate and military arenas to heighten focus and clarity. After going on a meditation retreat, he ultimately found the balance he sought between ambition and inner peace. In this brave, completely engaging, and often hilarious book, Harris achieves his aim of demystifying meditation. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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)
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I have been meditating for a long time while my wife is new to it. So I was aware of most of the gurus/experts Dan Harris talked about while they were pretty much new to her. This gave us different perspectives on the Dan's story but we were both engaged and intrigued by what he talked about. The honesty of his struggle, the insights into the workings of network news and the various players, his impressions of the icons of the meditation business and his perfect description of what goes on in your brain during an extended meditation retreat were wonderful. But his wit and and writing style makes this a great book to read even if the topic doesn't seem to interest you (though I don't know why it wouldn't). My wife and I and the eight people I have recommended the book to all agree.
This guy can write and the images he lays on the reader are wonderful. There was not a lull any place in his story and I think if his goals were to write a good book and to entice some folks to check out meditation because it seemed to work for him, I think he was successful on both counts.
1. Not only did I enjoy reading about Harris's path to meditation, but I found his journey to becoming a network journalist equally fascinating. I've always had an interest in what makes television happen; it's not the focus of this book, but the reader gets a clear idea of what TV journalism is like and what it takes to become a TV reporter or anchor.
2. I share Harris's skeptical views about religion in general and famous "gurus" in particular. So I found his analyses of these subjects and people resonated with my own ideas. Moreover he encounters several of the same characters I have run across in my own reading including Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Sam Harris (no relation to the author), not to mention the Dalai Lama. (Of course, as a TV reporter, he gets to meet them in person and ask them the hard questions, whereas I only have seen them on TV or read their work.)
3. I found Harris's writing style to be very witty and thoroughly entertaining. His willingness to reveal his own faults an pettiness, makes his story all the more genuine.
I agree with the reviewer who said this may not be the best "how to" book on meditation, but hey, there are plenty of those already. But if you're wondering if you should even try meditation, this book might just convince you. Besides reading a book on meditation is like reading a book on tennis: it might give you some ideas or techniques, but you have to get out and play the game if you want to get anywhere.
Even if it doesn't convince you to try meditation, I think you'll find this book a great read.
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