10% Happier

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

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperAudio, ℗2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062347572
Branch Call Number: 158.12 HAR
Characteristics: 7 compact discs (approximately 8 hours)

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VaughanPLSarahN May 05, 2017

I found this book, more a memoir than a guidebook, very entertaining. I had very little previous knowledge of (or interest in) veteran journalist Dan Harris before downloading this audiobook, but I found the clear writing and humourous tone easy to get into.
As a driven, Type A, somewhat temperamental reporter, Harris' journey into accepting meditation as something that could make his life better was definitely bumpy, and his willingness to share his mistakes and foibles makes him likeable.
A great listen on a drive.

AL_JANE Aug 30, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to and sprinkled with snippets of wisdom to share, this is a worthwhile book to listen to on long car trips and on one's commute. Dan Harris is very honest about himself throughout.

TSCPL_MichelleS Jun 01, 2016

A brutally honest review of one person's struggle to find inner peace is this chaotic world. Decent summary of techniques/resources at the end.

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Jocko_7
Sep 27, 2015

Overall a very good read (or listen -- audiobook), read aloud by the author. The writer gives his experiences of becoming
an expert meditator. I guess I thought the book would be more instructional rather than inspirational -- the reader is encouraged to start meditating by the mid to end of the book. Overall, the writer gives many compelling arguments/benefits to the reader to become more mindful/happy and to start meditating.

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emilydickinson
Jan 12, 2015

Thanks, Daniel, for very helpful review.

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danielestes
Oct 31, 2014

I've read a fair share of self-help books, most of them underwhelming, and I can tell you this is not the case with Dan Harris' 10% Happier. First off, it's not self-help in the categorical sense; it's a memoir. And it's a side-splitting, hilarious one at that. Also, spoiler alert, the 'Self-Help That Actually Works' from the subtitle refers to meditation.

Harris is an established news correspondent for ABC. Maybe you know him from TV? I don't watch ABC News nor had I heard of Dan Harris before reading this book. His road from budding career journalist to writing 10% Happier evolved out of a reporter's curiosity as much as out of personal necessity. A decade ago, after years of career stagnation and a sprawling drug habit that eventually led to an on-air panic attack, Harris began a journey of introspection. Meditation wasn't even on his radar right away either. That discovery didn't happen until after some time spent covering the religion beat for ABC. Even then there was no magic light bulb, no grand ah-ha moment for Harris. He poo-pooed meditation long before sincerely giving it a try himself.

Three things stand out that makes this book a winner: (1) Harris' transformation from meditation skeptic to daily practitioner is humbling and genuine. Of special note, the section on his first meditation retreat is possibly the crown jewel of the entire book. (2) Harris' writing style and humor. What can I say? I like edgy, ironic, occasionally vulgar humor. Win-win. ("Flophouse in Duluth!") And (3), if you're interested in trying meditation, as I was and still am, then 10% Happier is the ideal introduction without feeling like a how-to manual. Instructional manuals often lack emotional context. This is real life.

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