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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Publisher Description

#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, author of Eat, Pray, Love

'Dan Harris skilfully demystifies meditation, reminding us all that a healthy and happy mind is not only essential for our own sanity, but also for those around us. More importantly, he provides a compelling invitation to move beyond words, from the idea to the experience. A wonderful book and excellent advice.' - Andy Puddicombe, founder of Headspace

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.

GENRE
Health & Well-Being
RELEASED
2014
19 June
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Hodder & Stoughton
SIZE
784.2
KB

Customer Reviews

BrainXP ,

Spot a sign “yield to the present”. Jesus.

The review title is possibly my favourite line from the book. Initially I thought Dan is just a narcissistic guy who needs to be on camera 24/7 and will stab you with a plastic fork in the back to achieve this goal, but as the book progresses you get to see how he changes, evolves, and grows as a human being. His open mindedness to spirituality with a healthy dose of scepticism makes this book a good read, with every chapter becoming more and more interesting as the story continues. This books helps me to Respond instead of just reacting to life situations... without losing edge, which as you will see is very important in Dan’s life.

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