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

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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.

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Gretchen Rudin
Startling, provocative, and often very funny . . . [10% HAPPIER] will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation’s potential.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-13
How meditation relieved an award-winning journalist's stress and depression. In 2004, when Nightline co-anchor Harris filled in on Good Morning America, he suddenly suffered a debilitating panic attack during the live broadcast. That event was the culmination of years spent overextending himself personally, with recreational drug experimentation, and professionally, working for various news outlets across the country as well as stints in war-torn Iraq. The on-air meltdown spurred Harris to research nonmedicinal therapeutic remedies. Though Harris' journalistic assignments would bring him face to face with influential self-help spiritualists Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, neither dispensed the precise amalgam of assurance and credibility necessary to truly diffuse his afflictions. After his wife Bianca's success with books by sage psychiatrist Mark Epstein, Harris found himself connecting with the good doctor's Buddhist leanings, befriending him and swiftly embracing the art of meditation, instead of debunking it as the hokey "exclusive province of bearded swamis, unwashed hippies, and fans of John Tesh music." For the author, the effects of meditation were evident almost immediately: "The net effect of meditation…was striking….It became a way to steel myself as I moved through the world." After a 10-day retreat, chronicled in the book's most entertaining section, Harris began applying this new calm, centered approach to his hectic livelihood in the media and began adopting a new attitude and approach toward instances of negativity and misfortune. That was soon put to the ultimate test during a precarious interview with Paris Hilton. Harris never loses his sense of humor as he affably spotlights one man's quest for internal serenity while concurrently navigating the slings and arrows of a hard-won career in the contemporary media spotlight. Friendly, practical advocacy for the power of mindfulness and enlightenment.
Gretchen Rubin
Startling, provocative, and often very funny . . . [10% HAPPIER] will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation’s potential.
Chade-Meng Tan
A compellingly honest, delightfully interesting, and at times heart-warming story of one highly intelligent man’s life-changing journey towards a deeper understanding of what makes us our very best selves. As Dan’s meditation practice deepens, I look forward to him being at least 11% happier, or more.
George Stephanopoulos
10% Happier is a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller. Mindfulness can make you happier. Read this to find out how.
Daniel Goleman
10% HAPPIER is hands down the best book on meditation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious. . . . an insightful, engaging, and hilarious tour of the mind’s darker corners and what we can do to find a bit of peace.
Richard E. Besser
The science supporting the health benefits of meditation continues to grow as does the number of Americans who count themselves as practitioners but, it took reading 10% HAPPIER to make me actually want to give it a try.
Elizabeth Gilbert
An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation that offers new insights as to how this ancient practice can help modern lives while avoiding the pitfall of cliché. This is a book that will help people, simply put.
Colin Beavan
This brilliant, humble, funny story shows how one man found a way to navigate the non-stop stresses and demands of modern life and back to humanity by finally learning to sit around doing nothing.
Sam Harris
In 10% Happier, Dan Harris describes in fascinating detail the stresses of working as a news correspondent and the relief he has found through the practice of meditation. This is an extremely brave, funny, and insightful book. Every ambitious person should read it.
GQ
Part-science, part-memoir, and part self-help, Harris outlines specific ways he learned to, well, chill the f#%k out.
Parade
A self-help guide even skeptics will embrace . . . Harris crushes stereotypes about meditation and recounts how it slashed his stress and quieted his anxious mind.
USA Today
Revealing . . . I’d recommend this to anyone.
Diane Sawyer
Harris’s journey of discovery brought back lessons for all of us about our lives, too.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Lively . . . part reporting, part personal experience . . . By letting us hear the voice in his head - before and after he starts meditating—Harris makes a convincing case that if he can do it, we can, too.
xoJane
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.
GQ
Part-science, part-memoir, and part self-help, Harris outlines specific ways he learned to, well, chill the f#%k out.
Parade
A self-help guide even skeptics will embrace . . . Harris crushes stereotypes about meditation and recounts how it slashed his stress and quieted his anxious mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062265425
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 6,573
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Harris is the coanchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and the weekday editions of Good 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 City. This is his first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I've become a huge fan of Dan over the past few years, and espec

    I've become a huge fan of Dan over the past few years, and especially since watching him anchor weekend GMA. I bought the book immediately when I heard about it. Sure, I'm biased. But, I love the conversational approach of the book. It's reality, describes a personal journey, and shares a thought provoking, yet inspiring look at how to get out of your own way and finally deal with your inner voice in a positive and productive manner. Great book. Must read. I'd also like to recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." Finally, here are two books that will inspire you to change your life for the better. 

    28 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    I ordered this book the first week it was released and when I re

    I ordered this book the first week it was released and when I received it, I couldn't put it down. I bought the book first because the description indicated that he had had a panic attack on air on ABC; I have panic attacks so I wanted to see what he had to say about them. Secondly, I bought the book to read what he had to say about meditation. A BONUS at the end of the book is a summary that helps you learn to meditate. I enjoyed the style of writing and found this to be an enjoyable and easy read.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Compelling sample. Anxioud Compelling sample. Anxious to dive into book.

    Longtime fan of ABC News especially Dan Harris reports. He always brings a balanced humanistic side to his reporting and anchoring. I expect all his television journalistic skills to translate over to his book.

    14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Worth the Read

    This is not your average 'self help' book. I was 10% happier just reading it. Harris has a story to tell and he's honest and funny in the telling. It's a very good read. Even if you don't go so far as to meditate, you will love the book. Me? Yes, I've tried the five minutes and, yes, my head feels better for it. This one's a keeper.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    We know Dan Harris as the anchor on Nightline but what do we rea

    We know Dan Harris as the anchor on Nightline but what do we really know about him. Here in his book 10% Happier , Harris lets us inside his world as he embarks on an odyssey through the worlds of spirituality and self-help. It is a positive, uplifting book.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    10% Happier is 10% Toward the Goal!

    Unhappiness comes from the conditioning of the mind. This story speaks to the common man so one can easily identify with his plight before he discovered the ability to learn to control the mind--even with only 10% more--it is more than the most of us accomplish in a lifetime. Meditation is a powerful, positive, free, natural high that this author shares as we decides to take battle with the mind and its seductive, negative pull. I identify with the author because I have come to a similar place, and I have shared similar feelings about others who attest to knowing about the power inside. We are magnets and the way we feel especially the happiness we create gives attention only to what we want. I especially liked it because it affirms more of what I already know to be true. Donna McGoff The Power of Goal Setting

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Liked It

    Fast paced reading, I understand the principles and benefits, yet I get the same effect from prayer, good writing.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    A great read with great info

    I tried my best at meditating a few months ago but always felt maybe i was doing it wrong. After reading Dan Harris I now know there is no wrong way.
    This book is written sonwell i am rereading it right now

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    I loved this book! Dan is a very good writer, easy prose, down t

    I loved this book! Dan is a very good writer, easy prose, down to earth. The honesty in this book is impressive and I'm jealous of his dedication to meditation, mindfulness, etc. I wish him well at GMA and Nightline - looking forward to more from him! A really nice guy.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    I appreciate his style and the insights from his climb to curren

    I appreciate his style and the insights from his climb to current position.  If you are familiar with Dan Harris, you can even hear him narrating the content as you read it.  I like him.  I wish he hadn't had some of the experiences he'd had ("self medicating," for one), but the journey is what it is and is what makes him the man and journalist he is today.  

    Excellent read!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Smoolichen

    Like Mr Harris I was struggling with some of the spiritual jargon that is used by the different "spiritual" experts. I learned from Harris to question does not mean the worth of a practice is less than. Find the answer that is the best fit for you. I pksn to reread his book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Great read! Awesome book, highly recommended!

    Hard to put down once I started reading it. Very funny and very true with all the things that we experience in our every day lives. I can really relate to the book. I love it and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I bought extra books as a gift to my friends and family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Interesting topic

    I enjoyed this book. I was not really familiar with meditation, so I liked learning about that and hope to use it. I wish I had read it when I was working as I had more stress then than I do now that I have retired. Dan Harris is an over-the-top type of personality, so he went all out on meditation, which I am sure I will not. But I hope it will make my life 10% better

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Very Engaging

    Dan Harris kept me engaged throughout the reading of this book. I like the way he was so honest and open about things he has done, said and felt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Well worth reading/pondering

    First borrowed this book from the Library. Saw it on sale at B&N and purchased as it will be nice to have around as a reminder/reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Arrogant but worth reading

    Arrogance mars the book. Self-important narrator. Nevertheless it has good insights into the process of learning to be mindful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Self help seldom help ego trip you finance

    Borrow if you must not a keeper buska

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Great help

    I am only half way through this book and cant wait to read the rest. I bought this book because I am struggling with perfectionism and self loathing. I love the honesty that Dan brings, and love the ideas he presents. I recommend to anyone who struggles with similar issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Great Read

    I could not put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Drew

    You the girl or too drew.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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