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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 Kindle Edition
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#1 New York Times Bestseller and winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir.
'An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite a personal look at the benefits of meditation' - Elizabeth Gilbert
10% Happier is a spiritual book written for - and by - someone who would otherwise never read 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 ultra-competitive field like TV news except through nonstop hand-wringing and hyper vigilance? 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 ten-day, silent meditation retreat, which was simultaneously the best and worst experience he'd ever had.
Harris's 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.
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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.--Richard E. Besser, M.D., Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News
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 clich?. This is a book that will help people, simply put.--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
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.--Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man
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.--Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith
Startling, provocative, and often very funny . . . [10% HAPPIER] will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation's potential.--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
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.--Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself
10% Happier is a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller. Mindfulness can make you happier. Read this to find out how.--George Stephanopoulos
Part-science, part-memoir, and part self-help, Harris outlines specific ways he learned to, well, chill the f#%k out.--GQ
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.--Parade
Revealing . . . I'd recommend this to anyone.--USA Today, Pop Candy
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.--Kirkus
Harris's journey of discovery brought back lessons for all of us about our lives, too.--Diane Sawyer
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.--Richmond Times-Dispatch
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.--xoJane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News and the coanchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Before that, he was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories for such shows as Nightline, 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and GMA. Harris has reported from all over the planet, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering America's faith scene, with a focus on evangelicals--who have treated him kindly despite the fact that he is openly agnostic. Before joining ABC News he was in local news in Boston and Maine. He grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00KFHBNA4
- Publisher : Yellow Kite (19 June 2014)
- Language : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 261 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 83,616 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, this book is more a diary that a set of actionable steps to be followed. There is plenty of good advice but is spread between plenty of human experiences which everyone may not be looking for. The book is well written and flows well but to my mind, in places deviates from the core message. However, sharing the human experience is something that take courage and is not always easy to do.
If you treat this as a case of 'what happens' rather than 'how to' you'll certainly enjoy it.
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This book will be encouraging for those who seek the effects of Mindfulness practice as a way to reduce stress and anxiet, using it as a kind of'salve' in the form of 'brain exercises'. However I would encourage further exploration when you get the urge. I wouldn't recommend this book to those already using Mindfulness in their life as a regular practice....although there are a few good laughs!
I purchased this book, rather than his current release to get more insight into the man. In this fascinating and brutally honest autobiography of his journey we learn about his first dabbles with meditation and how his journey into Buddhism unfolds.
I have no desire to be a Buddhist but I am keen to find a way to calm my racing twenty first century brain. Dan doesn't give a step by step guide to meditating, but he has certainly whet my appetite to give it more than a passing thought.
Very well written and accessible, which is to be expected from a lifelong journalist.
There is some useful stuff in here, and even some interesting stuff, but unless you either need to be convinced of Harris' credentials as a believer only in what empirically works before you'll take his word about his experiences with meditation, or you have a similar work hard party hard never live in the moment attitude to life, then large chunks of this book are going to pass you by. If you have any experience whatsoever with mindfulness or meditation and have discovered it helps you, then IMO you're not gonna learn anything you don't already know, and if you want to learn more about it, then you may well get frustrated with how much of this is biography.
I neither know nor care who Dan Harris is, so I have no urge to read his life story. For me, there was way too much of him in this book, and I skimmed huge chunks because hoo boy, can he talk about himself! If you do care about this man's story in particular, or you recognise yourself in his life, then that might well add value for you. For me, it just added bulk.