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

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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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100% Practical

I was suggested this book by Hugh Jackman via his twitter feed, and I was not disappointed.

A true practical guide to finding a meditation style that suits you. Know that you aren't alone in your quest for inner peace, but also know there is not one straight path to it either.

Highly recommended, seeker and sceptic alike.

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Excellent

The honesty of the story allows the reader to see meditation as something achievable while managing expectations about the results of practice. My only criticism is that the performance sounds like you are being read news headlines(unsurprisingly), it can feel too intense.

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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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  • Katrina
  • 04-26-18

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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  • curlyemz
  • 10-03-19

Likes the sound of his own voice

A life story rather than anything useful relating to meditation. Couldn’t stomach it, gave up very early in.

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  • STARKEY
  • 11-23-18

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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  • Poppy Finnigan
  • 11-23-20

Changed my mind on meditation.

I wish I could read this book for the first time all over again. It opened my mind to the idea of meditation from a very modern perspective.

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  • Robert L. sørensen
  • 02-14-20

nice story but not giving me any tools

it gave me some knowledge about meditation, but not were to look or war to read if I want to avoid the whole chakra - faith part of meditation.

but it was entertaining.

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  • Scott Kerr
  • 02-15-18

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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  • Pam
  • 08-01-21

Awesome!!

You may just get bored by his storey at the beginning but all make sense as soon as it gets to Retreat Chapter. I'm going to listen to it again in a month or two. I love the way he describes so well his vulnerability and the need of constant improvement in this journey, very western way towards mindfulness, cus he is almost or pretend to be against this practice, so it makes the whole experience much more acceptable. Thank you Dan!

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  • Ms. L. Gordon
  • 06-05-21

A perfect meditation odyssey.

Dan Harris’s meditation odyssey was in turns very funny, insightful and really well investigated. Dan’s own narration never jarred and this reader, having just started on my own meditation journey, had all my misgivings and doubts addressed and my hopes and expectations about the process validated. The retreat chapter was hilarious and inspiring at the same time. Brilliant.

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  • ron murp
  • 03-26-21

Great Autobiography + Meditation

A great story of personal discovery, and a sceptic's positive introduction to meditation without the silly spooky stuff. Dan's healthy and humorous cynisism still shines through to to the end as a valuable inoculation against woo smuggled in under the guise of mystery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-21

Loved this book

Dan explaines meditation in a very tangable way, alongside a very interesting and funny bio

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  • NicholasT
  • 06-28-18

Tedious, unhelpful, autobiographical meanderings

I concede that I couldn't finish this book past the 4-hour halfway mark. 99% of the content up to that point had no relation to the title of the book and the irrelevance irritated me to no end. The other 1% was simply - learn to meditate and be mindful.
I was hoping for relatable, concrete advice on finding that 10% happier state of being, but listening to this self-indulgent waffle frustrated me to no end. Don't be mistaken, this is not a self-help book, this is an autobiography by an atheist who explores mundane personal life details that have no relevance in improving the listener's journey.

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  • Sooziqu
  • 02-12-18

10% of Dans life rather than a self help book

Self indulgent wander through a period in Dan Harris's life with the emphasis on him rather than getting 10% happier. Clickbait title but interesting story. Ends abruptly leaving the reader confused.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-20

The Case for Buddhism in Cinemas Soon

To the Moon!
i have read not less than a hundred books on the topic from every angle imaginable, so i thought.
But it just proves once again, give a well connected investigative journalist a taste of devine wisdom, the world will be a better place.
(i am referencing the book, and film called The Case for Christ. Agapé is pretty primo stuff too, Dan.)

Ooops! Back to my review...
If i were Dan's employer, I'd make it a priority to produce Dans story as a documentary or Netflix Series (so we can watch downundah.)

Why? So that we can meet these people, see these places, read these books referenced and hear the authors, and see the scientific evidence... proof that meditation improves our brains in all the places we need, for the sake of human survival.(Thrival).

Please Dan, make it an all star cast. Well done. Very influential writing. Keep up the good work. Congrats on your 2 dream gigs, and Thank You for sharing your journey.

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  • Tracey
  • 07-04-18

nice mix

I really enjoyed this. it was largely a memoir but i found the stories intersecting and it was still very useful with great tips for my own mindfulness journey.

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  • Niall O'Gorman
  • 04-22-19

Worth it!!

This is one of those audio books where you want to drive the long way home so you can hear more of the book :)

Found this book both educational and really interesting. I think I’d put myself in a similar bracket to Dan, somewhat cynical about the concept of Buddhism/Mindfulness and people like Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle...so it was great that he’s done all the work of stripping away the religion and fluff, and shared his practical learnings. Some sections seemed to wander or drag a little, but in hindsight they help add context to Dan’s personal story, and it ends really strong. I couldn’t wait to hear his ultimate guidance/framework. Probably not a good idea to skip to the end though, as you will inevitably lose a lot of the context.

Loved it, and will recommend it to others (already have done).

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  • Ange Roche
  • 07-04-18

loved this book

loved loved loved this book, many sections I repeated because they were so insightful. certainly a book i will recommend to friends and family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Self involved

I picked this book up after seeing The Minimalists documentary a few years ago. I wanted to learn a bit more about the benefits of meditation. This book is ok for those who are interested in learning about the life of the author or learning more about the machine that runs competitive media and the never ending chase of some humans to top others and get ahead. This has not been my world for a long time and I think I just expected something different having seen a small segment on The Minimalists documentary. Some insightful pieces and epiphany moments but nothing that struck me as profound for someone who is not competitive and has zero interest in the nonsense that is the corporate media machine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Bait and switch waste of time

This is a mildly interesting autobiography by Dan Harris. Not much of the contents relates to the practice of mediation despite the title and the audible example suggesting otherwise.

I suspect the publishers thought the pumping up the meditation angle was the best way to sell the book as mindfulness is in the zeitgeist and the less attentive might confuse Dan Harris with Sam Harris.

If you like Dan Harris and are interesting in his life and how he came across meditation then you might like this book. If you're interesting in learning about mediation then there are other books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

Not a keeper but still very good

A good read with a lively story. I was expecting more stuff about meditation and less about his life story but there was enough nuggets in there to keep me listening.

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  • Siobhan
  • 05-24-21

I literally could not handle this book.

I didn't finish this book. so many good ones out there and this is not one of them