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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • mrfreeb
  • 11-05-20

Enlightening!! :-)

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. As someone who is learning to meditate who has the same reservations as Dan draws out in this book I found it reassuring that it is all part of the process. It has helped speed up my “journey” and understanding of the topic. Being from the UK and not really knowing who Dan Harris is- I had no preconceptions. There are parts where I laughed out loud, it’s entertaining and interesting story of Dan’s discovery of mindfulness. Thoroughly recommend this book!

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  • Riivo Talviste
  • 10-29-20

A good read for anyone sceptical about meditation

As a bonus, the book is narrated by the author himself. And he's pretty good at it. Well, he should be, given his day job!

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  • Andrew Clover
  • 10-23-20

A sprightly romp through big healthy themes

I loved the insight into a news man, and world events, and thence into realms of mindfulness and meditation - a journey that introduces you to Ekhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and the mind of Gautima Siddharta the Buddha.

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  • Toffs
  • 09-02-20

10% truer

I am thinking doing Meditation, I wanted to find someone anyone who has done Meditation. I came across Dan Harris's 10% Happier, I class myself as a Introvert not a Extrovert, I was sceptible about the Book before I started listening to the Book, I enjoyed listening to Dan Harris poor his heart out and show that everyone has some similar experiences in Life in general. I have tried Meditation before but I have a wandering Mind it will not stay still but listening to the advice of the Book has given me some thoughts on how to perceive Meditation further and what I need to do. Dan Harris was well read and enjoyable to listen too.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gemma Smith
  • 11-11-20

This is the book I’ve been looking for about meditation without realising it

If you don’t like that distinctive newsreader voice you might be better off just picking up a paper copy but the content is fantastic. The book offers great insight into Buddhist principles without being too reverent or worshipping and outlines how meditation can help pretty much anyone while acknowledging the conceptual struggles you might face.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-20

Entertaining and educational

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I liked his narration. It's entertaining but also educational. A great take on the booming self development industry. And a great explanation how meditation and mindfulness can work for you.

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  • TamiRa
  • 11-05-20

easy and fun to listen to

The voice is a bit brash but once you tune in for a bit, you get used to it and really enjoy the story. His questions are so relevant to mine and i am glad i find this book. Lots of practical tips to improve your everyday life, i just have to commit to doing it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-20

Good read for those sceptical of mindfulness

A clever and often funny story - almost an autobiography of Dan Harris - but his life history provides the context for his transformational journey with learning to meditate.