• 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
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-14-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Phil Oakley
  • 02-08-18

Suprisingly brillant and very funny

I did not expect to find inspiration from an American anchorman but this is an amazing book with some really practical information that I think could help anyone with mindfullness. I also found it really funny.

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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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  • James Ovington
  • 04-03-18

Sublime

loved it. Dan Harris is exceptional in telling his story of how he became 10% happier. A why to meditate with a memoir from the Author tellingbhis story of how he found meditation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-18

enjoyed very much

great book really hits the nail on the head about meditation and how it can help us all

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  • Jonathan
  • 02-19-18

Humorous insightful journey

Wondered where this was going at the start but very much enjoyed the story of Dan's journey and his insights on mindfulness that certainly resonate. Great touches of humour throughout.

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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
  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-18

A porthole into the mindfulness journey.

A perfect access point to mindfulness and meditation for the skeptic or spiritually inclined. A refreshing real story, without the voodoo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-18

Enjoyable, witty, value adding and rewarding

Loved Dans story telling , his journey to meditation, his skepticism along the way, learning about journalism as well as mindfulness and the witty honest way he wrote and read the book.
Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Mr Nicholas M Chu
  • 04-05-18

A compelling engaging and funny story

Dan's central eploration of the tension between happiness and striving for success is something that other books about meditation don't really touch on. And it's a topic that i think most people are really interested in. As such i found it very insightful. it's a bonus that Dan's story is really interesting and he's quite funny. I highly recommend this for those wanting to tame that voice in their heads.

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  • Dr Alec E Wills
  • 01-29-18

Not for unicorn riders

The story is real, written from a perspective that is refreshingly non BS. The advantages of meditation are many and it's good to hear this from someone who isn't caught up in the super natural. Extremely well read by the author, entertaining as well as educational. I just love the bit about metta, and will be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-18

Insightful story

While it takes a while to get into the mindfulness stuff (my mistake as I thought it was one of those books that just gives the advice without the story) I really enjoyed the story behind what Dan learnt. I feel that these back stories and his development really helped to cement the benefits and enhance my understanding of meditation and mindfulness. Great book to spark your interest in the subject!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-18

Useful meditation story from a high achiever

I've been trying to get into meditation for a while, but always struggled with apps like headspace and calm. They seem too Zen for my liking, as if I should already be an expert at it.

Hearing Dan's story reminds me of my own. A high achiever who wants to find their centre and learn to shut the monkey mind up. Good delivery is excellent, the story compelling, and I felt like the lessons learnt applied to me.

Highly recommended listen.