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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 achievableAfter 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. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

Summary 10% Happier How I Tamed the Voice in My Head Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self Help That Actually Works

10% Happier How I Tamed the Voice in My Head Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self Help That Actually Works

Elp 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 happiness10% 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 liv. This is the story of Dan Harris s self development His need for thinking over how he was living his life was prompted by a few panic attacks on live television he works with ABC Broadcasting As he seeks medical help he realizes what his habit of drug abuse and competitive lifestyle is doing to him He next reads Eckhart Tolle s A New Earth and also meets him for an interview While interested in what Eckhart Tolle tells him he regards his views as incomplete with no techniues for being here and now which Tolle advocates He next meets Deepak Chopra and finds him unimpressive as well He is even forthright in condemning The Secret film as being simplistic incorrect and of little value He goes on to dismiss most of the Self Help industry as hardly worth even a mention primarily cooking up incomplete and ineffective theories and dishing them out to a gullible and desperate people He next reads the work of Dr Mark Epstein based on advice from his wife on Buddhist practices with focus on meditation which interests him He meets Mark and over time their families become good friends He goes on to a retreat which changes his outlook to life He builds on the gains from the retreat incrementally all the time reading and introducing aspects in his meditation practice His meeting with the Dalai Lama is one such turning point where the Dalai Lama explains the concept of compassion for others even on a purely selfish note you need to do good for others since it is very good for you ultimatelyAs he makes significant progress in turning around his life he still has many uestions for which he often turns to Mark One of these is the concern that turning to meditation might make him less competitive as it conjures up images of monks and robed people who seem to be removed from the real world Over time he realizes that none of this is a call to give up right and appropriate action As he brings in the principles of compassion with meditation in his life he finds his relationships as well his work situation getting a lot betterAssociated with ABC he takes the lead in researching and broadcasting stories on Mindfulness During the course of his research he finds that a large number of leading corporates have already incorporated Mindfulness training as part of their employee development initiatives While they have branded their programs separately with a secularized program without the need for religious chanting the basic principles remain the same There is now a large body of research indicating that such practices actually rewire the brain with major benefitsThis is a book which is unpretentious and very conversational I loved reading it and can relate to it based on personal experiences as well However his being dismissive of Tolle and Deepak Chopra does not feel right especially based on his limited interaction In fact while he read Tolle s book he reads nothing of Deepak Chopra instead basing his opinion on his reading of his personality and commercial success As he points out in the book he is wrong on numerous occasions on his analysis of people There is also inadeuate material on alternative meditation techniues and experiences of others besides himself though he alludes to it in the afterword including practices derived from Hinduism That said his overall conclusions ring true and he is certainly right about most of the literature we regard as Self Help In today s age this is an excellent book to read It brings to the mainstream uestions and issues most working people have the search for purpose stress and relationships It also brings to the fore another important point the wisdom of the ages dismissed by the waves of modernity and deserving another look You may just find that the secret to a right life was known long ago hidden away in classics and practices which nobody bothers to look at any He discusses the problems in making such practices mainstream In fact when he first tells people he has taken up meditation they look at him strangely This is because such practices with origins in Eastern philosophies are associated with either robed monks or hippies He decides a better way is to say that he has started a practice which has made him 10% happier Overall a book I strongly recommend you read If it helps you seek a practice of your own you might just find that it could certainly make you than 10% happier Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, 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 happiness10% 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 liv. This is the story of Dan Harris s self development His need for thinking over how he was living his life was prompted by a few panic attacks on live television he works with ABC Broadcasting As he seeks medical help he realizes what his habit of drug abuse and competitive lifestyle is doing to him He next reads Eckhart Tolle s A New Earth and also meets him for an interview While interested in what Eckhart Tolle tells him he regards his views as incomplete with no techniues for being here and now which Tolle advocates He next meets Deepak Chopra and finds him unimpressive as well He is even forthright in condemning The Secret film as being simplistic incorrect and of little value He goes on to dismiss most of the Self Help industry as hardly worth even a mention primarily cooking up incomplete and ineffective theories and dishing them out to a gullible and desperate people He next reads the work of Dr Mark Epstein based on advice from his wife on Buddhist practices with focus on meditation which interests him He meets Mark and over time their families become good friends He goes on to a retreat which changes his outlook to life He builds on the gains from the retreat incrementally all the time reading and introducing aspects in his meditation practice His meeting with the Dalai Lama is one such turning point where the Dalai Lama explains the concept of compassion for others even on a purely selfish note Her Husbands Christmas Bargain you need to do good for others since it is very good for The Geography of Witchcraft you ultimatelyAs he makes significant progress in turning around his life he still has many uestions for which he often turns to Mark One of these is the concern that turning to meditation might make him less competitive as it conjures up images of monks and robed people who seem to be removed from the real world Over time he realizes that none of this is a call to give up right and appropriate action As he brings in the principles of compassion with meditation in his life he finds his relationships as well his work situation getting a lot betterAssociated with ABC he takes the lead in researching and broadcasting stories on Mindfulness During the course of his research he finds that a large number of leading corporates have already incorporated Mindfulness training as part of their employee development initiatives While they have branded their programs separately with a secularized program without the need for religious chanting the basic principles remain the same There is now a large body of research indicating that such practices actually rewire the brain with major benefitsThis is a book which is unpretentious and very conversational I loved reading it and can relate to it based on personal experiences as well However his being dismissive of Tolle and Deepak Chopra does not feel right especially based on his limited interaction In fact while he read Tolle s book he reads nothing of Deepak Chopra instead basing his opinion on his reading of his personality and commercial success As he points out in the book he is wrong on numerous occasions on his analysis of people There is also inadeuate material on alternative meditation techniues and experiences of others besides himself though he alludes to it in the afterword including practices derived from Hinduism That said his overall conclusions ring true and he is certainly right about most of the literature we regard as Self Help In today s age this is an excellent book to read It brings to the mainstream uestions and issues most working people have the search for purpose stress and relationships It also brings to the fore another important point the wisdom of the ages dismissed by the waves of modernity and deserving another look You may just find that the secret to a right life was known long ago hidden away in classics and practices which nobody bothers to look at any He discusses the problems in making such practices mainstream In fact when he first tells people he has taken up meditation they look at him strangely This is because such practices with origins in Eastern philosophies are associated with either robed monks or hippies He decides a better way is to say that he has started a practice which has made him 10% happier Overall a book I strongly recommend Hold On To Me you read If it helps Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you seek a practice of Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, your own If Wishes Were...Daddies you than 10% happier

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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 outWe 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 h. I ve been under a fair bit of stress lately Nearly a year into self employment work has become steadier sometimes than steady Although I love it I ve finally come to understand why people yearn to meditate With my mind racing with mostly unproductive worries and nags I ve been thinking that I should try mediation to calm the tumult and find flow againThe problem has been finding a guide to meditation that isn t complete granola claptrap I loaded Eckhart Tolle s The Power of Now onto my Kindle but gave up almost immediately His meanings were almost completely opaue to me and I didn t have to fortitude to stick through it So when Dan Harris popped up on The Colbert Report where he was a elouent guest than most on the show to promote his book 10% Happier I figured I d give it a tryWriting the above paragraphs I ve come to appreciate Dan Harris book a little bit It s hard to write about mediation without sounding like a complete asshole Dan gave it a fair shot and his book was useful though I never felt entirely compelled by his voice Preci JournalistNews Anchor extrovert and work a holic Dan Harris becomes intrigued by meditation and seeks to cut through the hippy dippy bullshit in search of something practical that he can apply to his daily life He journeys he stumbles but eventually manages to create a mediation practice that fits within and enhances his life He says it makes him about 10% happier What I liked This isn t a life hacking book I was afraid that I was in for another Tim Ferris wank fest but I was pleasantly surprised by Harris respect for the subject matter Although Harris doesn t become a Buddhist he explores Buddhism and the role of meditation therein with care and ultimately decides that while the spiritual aspect of Buddhism isn t for him the mechanics of mediation are useful to him From what I know of Buddhism as a whole this is absolutely kosher though correct me if I m wrongI like that Harris clung to his misgivings about Eckhart Tolle whom he finds a bit too whack a doodle and Deepak Chopra whom he considers to be insincere and sought meditation practitioners and teachers whose practise is deeply rooted in the real world In his wordsAfter months of swimming against the riptide of bathos and bullshit peddled by the self help subculture it was phenomenally refreshing to see the ego depicted with wry witAmen brotherHe freuently mentions that meditation has a terrible marketing issue in that its most vocal advocates are a bit too crunchy andor otherworldly for the mainstream He suggests several works for further reading which are rooted in science rather than mysticism for folks who would prefer to read about meditation from that viewpointI also found the chapter on hiding the zen to be useful Although I m blogging about it one s self help forays aren t always what you d like discussed in the public sphere It s nice to be able to slip under the radar as a meditator without showing your woo woo ness in public What I didn t like I ll be honest Harris is not someone I d like to hang out with While I enjoyed his journey from bro ish asshole to a self aware being I couldn t really relate on a personal level Honestly even a redeemed Harris seems like a bit of an asshole to meI also wasn t too interested in the extensive personal narrative While I appreciate it was important to illustrate his journey I believe it could have been edited thoroughly As a non USA reader I had never heard of the guy and don t really care about the internal politics of USA news networksMoreover Harris writing is serviceable but his forays into poetic description most often fall flat Take this one for exampleWith the Klonopin on board you could have marched an army of crazed chimps armed with nunchucks and ninja stars into my apartment and I would have remained calmHis asides often devolve to a Barney Stinson meets College Bro level of sophisticationThe real mindfuck though was this almost as soon as he said something brilliant he would say something else that was totally ridiculousWhile other paragraphs head almost into the much maligned Eckhart Tolle territory beholdFailure to recognize thoughts for what they are uantum bursts of psychic energy that exist solely in your head is primordial human error Observations Harris is very much an extrovert Throughout the book I found myself thinking that although I have never really meditated I have already mastered some of the techniues he mentions I think it comes down to the fact that I am an introvert and am very comfortable within my own mind I know how to observe my thoughts and emotions and lean in to them responding rather than reacting I get the sense that for an extrovert the inner mind can be a scary and alien landscape and that a large part of Harris journey is simply getting to know his inner mind Verdict Overall this book was a useful start for my foray into meditation though I ll need to do a lot reading I think This is the book for the everyman and I d like to gain a academic insightWhile the tone was a bit too alpha male and bro ish for me I appreciated the practical look at meditationBonus points for a relatively obscure Simpsons reference 35


10 thoughts on “10% Happier How I Tamed the Voice in My Head Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self Help That Actually Works

  1. says:

    A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

  2. says:

    I fucking loved this book It's the most compelling introduction to meditation I've seen after spending hundreds of dollars buying books on the subject I have a therapy practice that is mindfulness based I often recommend informative but boring mindfulness related books to people that they don't often finish They'll almo

  3. says:

    Dan Harris is a bit of a jerk You don’t have to take my word for it He says it himself than once in his book A lot of 10% Happier is about Harris trying to be less of a jerk Among his other journalistic accomplishments

  4. says:

    This bestseller annoyed me over and over It's of a memoir than a book about learning to meditate something I do But to read

  5. says:

    I've been under a fair bit of stress lately Nearly a year into self employment work has become steadier sometimes than steady Although I love it I've finally come to understand why people yearn to meditate With my mind racing with mostly unproductive worries and nags I've been thinking that I should try mediation to calm the tumul

  6. says:

    Dan Harris had problems like all of us but unlike all of us he was beginning to experience some of the messier symptoms of his dysfunc

  7. says:

    I am a self help cynic I've never read any self help but I knew I needed to get a handle on my stress anxiety and anger When I read the description of this book I listened to the audio version I said OK newsman tell me how to be happierDan Harris is an anchor for ABC and in this story which reads like a memoir

  8. says:

    This is the story of Dan Harris's self development His need for thinking over how he was living his life was prompted by a few panic attacks o

  9. says:

    When a book means a lot to me I have a difficult time reviewing it I finished this memoir a week ago and have been pondering it ever sinceDan Harris is a reporter and anchorman at ABC News Back in 2004 he had a panic attack on air whi

  10. says:

    New title suggestion 90% egotistical

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