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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2015
I listened to this one on an audible book, which was also narrated by the author. So to get that comment out of the way - the narration was good, and I think it probably added something that Dan himself read it.

I have no idea who Dan Harris is, simply because I'm not American, so I knew nothing of his nationally televised breakdown. This book paints that as a wake up call when he started to look into ways to reduce the anxiety and stress. It started with Eckhart Tolle, moved on to that master of woo - Deepak Chopra, and onto the Dalai Lama himself.

Now I do believe that mediation works if you do it right. I'm also fed up with new age fraudsters like Chopra, so I was curious to see what this self-proclaimed skeptic said about them. It seems that he identified a nugget of something in their writings that led him to a more balanced type of meditation, which is certainly a good thing.

The whole book though is basically a biography-slash-ad for meditation. I'd been hoping for a bit more discussion on what happens to the brain and why, though the results on Mr. Harris' brain from the 10 day meditation retreat were certainly interesting - part of me really wants to try this now, and the other part of me screams "no way!!" ...

Anyway, a decent enough read (or listen, in my case), though I'd have preferred a little more info on the hows of meditation and a maybe a little less biography
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2014
‘10% Happier’ written by Dan Harris is a story about all the things which happened to author, ABC News journalist and Good Morning America co-anchor, after he suffered panic attack while being nationally broadcasted.

His story explains the journey he embarked on that helped him (in his words) to tame the voice in his head, reduce stress without losing his edge and find self-help that actually works.

After this unfortunate event Harris realized that he must make drastic cuts in his thinking and behavior, if he wants to continue with his career and normal life. For the first time in his life, he delved deep into his personality searching for the right problem, trying to solve the causes, rather than, as hitherto the consequences. Therefore he learned lot about himself and find out that the cause for his problems was what he considered his greatest gift - a voice that he heard constantly in his head that helped him to survive the daily business struggle for survival, but also pushed him to the various follies and ultimately led to the unfortunate accident that marked his professional career.

In his confession, the author is fully open, telling in details about his life, his cocaine addiction, about his insatiable ambition which eventually became a huge weight around the neck and his self-obsession that was taking him gradually while he was becoming known person.

Dan Harris declares himself still skeptical about the Buddhism and new age spirituality, though he managed to find his peace and get rid of unpleasant cohabitant in his head by practicing meditation. Precisely that in his words helped him to react less impulsively, to think before he does something, and most important to find a balance in his life, that he was extremely lacking.

Hence ‘10% Happier’ by Dan Harris, interwoven with mischievous humor, is a good choice for those who do not find themselves fully in the spiritual world, or do not have time for it, but still realize that must do urgently something with their life if do not want to suffer the same fate as the author, or something much more serious.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
Great introduction to the practice of meditation, funny at times and has inspired me to meditate daily. I recommend this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2014
I liked this book because it was down to earth and dealt with the reality of applying meditation in a very competitive work environment. The writer is very amusing and doesn't take himself too seriously. I enjoyed the anecdotes though not sure why there was so much Ted Haggard! I came across Dan Harris on YouTube while searching for info on meditation. I am glad I did, I found the book to be a very helpful starting point for further investigation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2014
Great book. Real world. Great fun how Harris says the things that we've all thought about some of the 'rock stars' in the meditation-type self-help industry, and about meditation retreat culture. Yet he is also brave and honest enough to identify that, amongst all that, - and quite to the surprise of much of the hard-driving 21st century zeitgeist, - that this tool actually works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
Rationale, reasoned and as thorough as a book of this type needs to be.

I'm now sold on meditation and have no qualms with admitting that after chapter 3 I've been giving it a whirl. If meditation acts as a buffer between a primeval response of react to one of a more considered response (as it appears to have done so) then I'm sold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2014
Dan's experiences with meditation are very common and I agree that some degree of perseverance is needed
Find a good teacher and give it a go
Don't worry if the teacher is secular or Buddhist
As Dan remarks, Buddhism is 'just' advanced common sense
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
Best book I've read on meditation. Funny, insightful and honest. If you are looking for a way to kick start your own self improvement , minus new age waffle and general airy fairness, look no further. Audiobook, read by Dan, is also excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2014
Really accessible and readable account of an individual journey from sceptic to regular meditator. I would recommend this to anyone who starting to think that meditation might be an interesting technique or worth a try.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2014
Absolutely loved this book, although I think the title is misleading. It sounds like a self-help book about the process and effort behind achieving 10% more happiness. It's not. It's the story of one man's greed, ambition and blindness and of his own redemption when he hits a huge and very public wall. It's written with real candour and, being a news journalist, Harris has a strong voice and quick turn of phrase as well as an exuberance that keeps the energy and the story moving forward at great pace. He lays his own humanity bare, which I'm sure takes more courage than many of us could muster. In short, I felt inspired by this book without even wanting any inspiration when I came to it. Thanks to James Altucher for putting this one on his favourites list.
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