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10% Happier:

How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

  • Read by: Dan Harris
  • Runtime: 7.8 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 3.11.2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help
  • 7.83 hrs3/11/2014Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780062331892
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A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Bestseller

An NPR Bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, March 2014

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

A Library Journal Bestseller

One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014

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 hypercompetitive 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.

Editorial Reviews

“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.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

“Startling, provocative, and often very funny…[10% Happier] will convince even the most skeptical reader of meditation’s potential.”

Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

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.”

Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence

“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, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Faith

“A compellingly honest, delightfully interesting, and at times heartwarming story of one highly intelligent man’s life-changing journey toward 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, New York Times bestselling 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

“How meditation relieved an award-winning journalist’s stress and depression…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 Reviews

“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, MD, chief health and medical editor, ABC News

“This brilliant, humble, funny story shows how one man found a way to navigate the nonstop 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

Author Biography

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.

Reader Biography

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.

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