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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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Disappointed

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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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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  • 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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  • Kelly
  • 01-14-19

Brilliant book!

I loved our straight talking and direct the author is. It's really helped me and make my meditation much better.

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  • D.Ashton
  • 01-01-19

insightful

A frank, insightful and often amusing story. I particularly enjoyed Dan's access to some of the spiritual 'big hitters and his unclouded commentary on his experience at the time. Thanks Dan for sharing this.

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  • Michael Forster
  • 12-03-18

Thought-provoking

This book turned into an interesting journey into mindfulness. Not exactly what I was expecting based upon the title, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-18

Sums up meditation for the normals perfectly!

I binged this in 3 days, Dan is a great narrator, story teller and all round guy. Plenty to be learnt from his open and honest experiences with sprituality and meditation in the real world. Great book!

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  • Andrew Dawson
  • 10-03-18

down to earth and accurate

down to earth and authentic. more accessible guide into meditation and spirituality. Easy read as well, the author had an interesting and to many relatable life in dealing with compulsiveness

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  • Conor
  • 08-16-18

Worth a listen!

A very human story of one man's trials, failures and re-trials to find peace. He does not preach from an ivory tower.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-18

Perfect for skeptics about meditation

It is a very interesting book, it doesn’t give you any scientific definitions about meditation, instead the author narrates his own experience with meditation, how he applied it to his own life, the doubts he felt during the journey and the positive changes he felt on himself.

I liked it very much because portrays the reality of what most people encounter when starting to meditate. It also tells you life or meditation is never pink but it is worth to try.

If you are looking for motivation and a friendly approach to meditation get the this book!

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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
  • 10-31-18

first ever review

I have never felt the need or want to leave a review before however this book was so good i felt the need to recommend it. Presented extremely well by dan this book instantly inspired me, do yourself a favor and give it a read/listen.

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  • gavin
  • 10-08-18

Inspiring journey

loved it, start a little slow but build up well.
story feels well connected. recommend anyone to read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

great book, funny and insightful

had a good time listening to Dan Harris, great humour broaching such a stigmatised topic really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Amazing! Im now looking into meditation.

Dan is obviously a true master of the written word and his skepticism and analytical mind is refreshing in the self help genre.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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
  • 06-26-18

I need to hear this again. So relatable!

The ah-huh moment I've been looking for. Dan seemed to have all the same questions and musings that I've had from similar texts.
Even a skeptic will benefit from this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-18

great performance by the author himself

great insight, story drags a bit in the beginning but it gets more hands on about mindfulness after a few chapters.