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