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

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062265425
Branch Call Number: 158.12 HAR
Characteristics: xvi, 237 pages
Alternative Title: Ten percent happier


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Jul 23, 2019

I had a hard time finishing this..

JCLAmyF Dec 27, 2018

This was a good book - Harris is charismatic and funny. I loved reading about his meeting various self-help gurus and his impressions of them. Not so much how-to in terms of mindfulness, although I think folks getting into meditation or mindfulness practice will find Harris' experiences helpful as well as encouraging.

SCL_Heather Jul 26, 2018

I had no idea that Dan Harris was a well known TV news anchor and I had no idea this was a book about the benefits of meditation. To be honest I am not sure what made me pick up this book but I am glad I did. Dan Harris shares his story of how his professional success was coupled with personal chaos and how he came to meditation as a way of coping. I like that he does not offer up mediation as a cure all but he does share his belief that it has made his life 10% happier. Who wouldn't want that? I had never even considered meditation before reading this book but I gave it a try and have been meditating regularly for several months since finishing the book, and I think I agree with his assessment.

Jul 02, 2018

Great book, especially for those who have their little voice in their head constantly talking. I highly recommend.

CarleeMcDot May 16, 2018

I will be honest, I added this book to my "On Hold" list at my library over a year ago... Apparently the person who had checked it out last had lost it (or kept it for themselves) and they finally got around to replacing it last week. With that said, I totally forgot what this book was about - but thought the title would be interested enough. Turns out, it's about a news anchor who has found meditation as a way to "tame the beast" in his head and become "10% happier". Let me start off by saying we don't have cable (and even if we did I wouldn't watch the news) so I have no idea who this broadcaster is. Even still, it was interesting to learn about him, his career and his journey in finding meditation. I wish I could say that I walked away with a bunch of tangible steps on how to become happier, but it wasn't necessarily that kind of book (it is definitely more of an autobiography than a "how to" books). I was left a little disappointed because it turned out to be more a book about someone finding meditation, rather than teaching the discipline itself. It did, however, remind me that I need to get back on the meditation train. I would give it a 6 out of 10.

Feb 01, 2018

Read this book last month well worth the read. Mediation for the skeptical I am a new convert . Easy read and entertaining. I recommend it highly

Dec 22, 2017

Take two parts Memoir and mix well with one part Self Help and you get "10% Happier" by Dan Harris. The book takes you on a journey of a young man scraping his way through the cutthroat career ladder that is network television newscasting. Along the way Harris finds that the never ending voice in his head is real, valid, and a jerk. Slowly through several steps, he finds that meditation is the key to quieting the inner voice that so often gets in the way.

The memoir portion of this book is interesting, but ultimately unsatisfying. I came to this book for realistic and practical advice on meditation. What I got was a story about a man learning how to meditate.

I think the book is well written and narrated, just didn't hit the marks that I was looking for.

Cynthia_N Nov 25, 2017

I picked up this book based on the title. I thought it was a self help book. It is not. Once I realized it was the story of the author's search for a way to enjoy his life more (kind of) I really enjoyed it. His story of his 10 day silent meditation retreat was hilarious! Good read!

Sep 22, 2017

An accomplished journalist, a well-known TV news anchor, had an anxiety attack on air. His search for a "cure" and assurance that it wouldn't happen again, introduced him to the practice of meditation. His work gave him access to luminaries like the Dalai Lama and Jack Kornfield who greatly influenced and encouraged him. They were walking proof of the benefits available to one who adhered to the practice and its surrounding teachings. Ultimately, he became converted to the wisdom of sticking with the practice upon seeing its effects on his interior life. In the book, he details the questioning that arose as he ventured deeper into the practice, and his insights -- both from within and from his teachers -- as he figured out how to integrate equanimity and compassion into his highly competitive work life.
The first half of the book was about his pre-meditation life as a golden-boy and intrepid reporter; that part I found less interesting. Once he began delving into his experiences as a meditator, there were many parts I wanted to underline and read aloud to my non-meditating friends.

Jun 05, 2017

great book, easy to read and follow, makes you smile on a regular basis! It was useful

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