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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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Harris explains from his life story how he came to recognize the incessant narrator in his head that was keeping him from being aware of the present because it was always chatting about what is next reviewing the past.
If you read this, after about chapter 2, you will realize that you have same damn demon in your head; it's just that it was disguised as you!. He shows the way to train yourself to tune out that narrator and instead see what is actual and real-time. That fact that the technique is mediation is incidental. Indeed he talks about how he thought mediators as a whole, were aloof, self-indulgent and disconnected with reality. (pretty much the way I used to feel too)
This is one of a dozen or so books that I can say has caused a profound paradigm shift in me.
Harris is clearly not religious, and so the reviews that say it endorses Buddhism are flat wrong. Most of the religious figures he interviews, he summarily deposes. He refers to zealots as "spittle-spewing-hatemongers" which is pretty much spot on. At least once in every chapter I found myself busting out laugh ting. He is a remarkable writer.
I'm decidedly nonreligious, so the thought of Buddhist-inspired advice was hard to swallow at first, but this book painted mindfulness and meditation in a light that's approachable and grounded enough even for someone like me. It's written by a regular person for a regular person, and because of that my mind has been opened. This book serves as a great jump=off point into further research; I'm now adding books by Mark Epstein et al. to my cart to continue learning about mindfulness and how to take control of my thoughts back. It really is a relief that I'm able to do so without a team of shrinks and endless therapy sessions.*
The ONLY reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it took til around page 100 to really get to the "meat" of the book. I enjoyed the memoir portion but felt as if it took a while to get to the point, so to speak.
*I'm going into counseling, so of course I have nothing against it. It's just nice to feel empowered to take great steps on my own. Epstein actually has books on how to incorporate Buddhist perspectives into psychotherapy that I'm looking into as well, so that I can share this wisdom with others.
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It was not what I expected. It's an autobiography of Dan's life which I was not interested in reading.Read more