10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, And Found…

10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, And Found…

Hardcover | March 11, 2014

byDan Harris

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Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir

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.

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.

10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

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Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational MemoirNightline 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.After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Mor...

Dan Harris is the coanchor ofNightlineand the weekend editions ofGood Morning America. He regularly reports for20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and the weekday editions ofGood Morning America.Before joining ABC News fourteen years ago, he worked for local news outlets in Boston and Maine. He lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:March 11, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Self-help Book for People Who do not Like Self-Help Books Okay, I must admit that I listened to Dan Harris narrate his book on my iPod, but I felt like I had to – he’s a TV journalist so he was made to report stories! I have been eyeing up this read ever since it was published in 2014. I appreciated how Dan Harris’ skepticism for the self-help industry led him on a journey of exploration to try to overcome his anxiety, panic attacks and addictions. He was quite a jerk for the majority of the book (he’ll tell you this himself) lambasting the self-help sector as a whole and ridiculing popular self-help gurus like Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle. But you know what? It was a rather refreshing change for a book in this genre. It’s a perfect read for those venturing into mindfulness and meditation, yet even the most proficient meditators will enjoy this authentic, interesting, and frank book. To sum up 10% Happier in one sentence: This is THEE self-help book for people who do not like self-help books (and a magnificent read for those who do).
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Self-help Book for Those Who Do Not Like Self-help Books Okay, I must admit that I listened to Dan Harris narrate his book on my iPod, but I felt like I had to – he’s a TV journalist for goodness sakes! He was made to report stories! I have been eyeing up this read ever since it was published in 2014. I appreciated how Dan Harris’ skepticism for the self-help industry led him on a journey of exploration to try to overcome his anxiety, panic attacks and addictions. He was quite a jerk for the majority of the book (he’ll tell you this himself) lambasting the self-help sector as a whole and ridiculing popular self-help gurus like Deepak Chopra and Eckart Tolle. But you know what? It was a rather refreshing change for a book in this genre. Spoiler Alert: In the end, Harris is able to find meaning and value on his quest for calm. It’s perfect for those venturing into mindfulness and meditation, but even the most proficient meditators will enjoy this authentic, amusing, and frank book. To sum up 10% Happier in one sentence: This is THEE self-help book for people who do not like self-help books (and a magnificent read for those who do).
Date published: 2016-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Self-help Book for Those Who Do Not Like Self-help Books Okay, I must admit that I listened to Dan Harris narrate his book on my iPod, but I felt like I had to – he’s a TV journalist for goodness sakes! He was made to report stories! I have been eyeing up this read ever since it was published in 2014. I appreciated how Dan Harris’ skepticism for the self-help industry led him on a journey of exploration to try to overcome his anxiety, panic attacks and addictions. He was quite a jerk for the majority of the book (he’ll tell you this himself) lambasting the self-help sector as a whole and ridiculing popular self-help gurus like Deepak Chopra and Eckart Tolle. But you know what? It was a rather refreshing change for a book in this genre. Spoiler Alert: In the end, Harris is able to find meaning and value on his quest for calm. It’s perfect for those venturing into mindfulness and meditation, but even the most proficient meditators will enjoy this authentic, amusing, and frank book. To sum up 10% Happier in one sentence: This is THEE self-help book for people who do not like self-help books (and a magnificent read for those who do).
Date published: 2016-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting awesome book I bought this book a while ago and have really never gotten it out of my mind! I am a huge non-fiction reader and this book had a bit of an autobiography feel but was a great story! Talked about struggles and how the author brought himself back up! Great writing and very inspirational!
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous A great read for anyone curious about meditation or 'mindfulness' who might normally be put off by the traditional image of yoga and hippies! The author's candid style and sense of humour made it possible to devour in just two sittings. If you're already into self discovery literature you might find that this is a refresher course on many of the books you've already read, with many new insights to boot.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring It kept you wanting to turn page after page to learn more both about the author's own life but also how meditation became the tool which managed the voice in his head. It was very well written, spiced with so many sophisticated words that a person would expand their vocabulary greatly if they looked them all up. An entertaining, educational, captivating and most humorous book.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Totally different look at meditation Well worth the time to read. Will change your life if you let it. Allows for getting value from meditation without spirituality muddying the waters. Thanks dan.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10% Happier This book spoke to me on so many different levels. Dan Harris affirms meditation is hard work, but the rewards are there for those who commit. I admire Dan's brutal honesty, self-deprecating humour, and his common sense approach. He sees through the fads and the fakes and is not shy to name them. He loves his wife and family and never loses sight of that utmost priority. I learned so much from this book!!! Thank you Dan.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 % Happier Great read, very well written and insightful. It 's wonderful to read about real person such as Dan Harris and his struggle for person success.....the rest falls into place. Dam Harris is a role model for others to follow through his courageous efforts to write his book and be 100 % honest to achieve his 10% Happier.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10% Happier Great vantage point on mindfulness for those who struggle with the concept plus some practical applications for living. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it....real life story Real life story of modern day searching for practical, science accepted, tools to deal with Panic Attacks, Depression and Stress. It has humour and written in a way that we can relate.... I will reread as it was ....that enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-04-15

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Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris is an unlikely ambassador for mindfulness, but his new book . . . might be just the thing that gets people to unplug and recognize that all this multitasking is making us miserable and unhealthy.