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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
Narrated by: Dan Harris
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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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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Disappointed

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-19

Loved this.

So good, I'm on a similar journey to the author and found this refreshing. Ive just started meditating about 1 month ago and really haven't spoken to many people about it. To hear the authors version of when he began meditation made me feel reassured. Great story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-19

as honest journey you could ask to read

Loved it.. full of honest insight and delivered in a humourous manner.. didn't expect to laugh as much as I did... great read indeed!

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  • Ms A S Renouf
  • 03-17-19

Great book

Dan Harris has been a great companion over the last couple of weeks and I will miss him.

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  • John
  • 03-04-19

Wonderful book.. truly

Thoroughly objective, engaging and, as a consequence, proselytizing. This is everything the discerning reader could hope for and more. I could read/listen to Dan all day.. and did so.

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  • AR
  • 02-25-19

Entertaining Listen!

While Dan, as other reviews have pointed out, does indeed make the book mostly about himself he still manages to give insight into the world of meditation, mindfulness and enlightenment. And I learned a thing or two. Loved it!

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  • KRISTY
  • 02-08-19

Brilliant and a life changer... Thank you xx

So easy to listen to and with humour... Yet at the same time life changing... Thank you xx

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  • Rosie
  • 02-02-19

Brilliant ! A must read for anyone with anxiety !!

The reader really brings you along a journey of self discovery with a witty scepticism. Brilliant for those realistic optimists :-)

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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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  • 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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  • Julie M Herring
  • 02-17-19

Engaging, Funny, Sad, Relatable.

Engaging, Funny, Sad, Relatable. Well worthy 5 of 5 stars. If you're a skeptic, Dan is the one who will set you on your path.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-19

Amazing story <br />

Perfect, well written story. Great perspective of an everyday man's journey into meditation and mindfulness.

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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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  • 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.