This is a FlashNotes Book Summary of 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 by Dan Harris
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Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir
After having a nationally televised panic attack, 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 propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.
Eventually Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 10% Happier takes listeners 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.
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The (short) version of this book was terrific! For people who like to get to the " facts" or in this case, the message, it's perfect. Without repeating examples upon examples of a specific point, the narrator encapsulates the essence of the information bringing the reader ( listener) to a personal crossroad. The reader can choose to read ( listen to) the entire book or not. It's a satisfying way to involve oneself in the search and delight in finding books worth a person's investment in time and interest.
I love that he is so skeptical, and he's not someone that you think of would be into meditation, so very relatable.
I read The Untethered Soul just before and I found reading both books one after the other gave me a really solid understanding and appreciation for the 'voice in my head'. I've been trying to meditate even just 5 minutes a day (probably more like every other, or every 3 days) but I feel the benefits already.
Yes, it was quite entertaining.
Life is becoming more and more stressful, so fast paced and there are so many distractions. I truly believe, as Dan Harris says as well, mediation and/or mindfulness is the next big craze and well needed before we all end up on anti-anxiety medication.
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