10% Happier Unabridged : 10% Happier

  • by Dan Harris
  • Narrated by Dan Harris
  • Series: 10% Happier
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 hyper-competitive 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 listeners 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.
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Mindfulness against a backdrop of a world gone mad

What an enjoyable book. I am enjoying work written and read by people who work in performing media. I found the style humorous and engaging, as you'd hope from a professional story teller. I didn't know Dan Harris by his work, but it was easy to get the gist his career in the US TV news machine. Able to tell a tale against himself, it's honest enough to provide insight into Dan's psychological troubles but the wider picture stops it becoming too Woody Allen. You have the large world events and the micro-politics of the media. Dan's work reporting on the religious right and the peculiarities of Deepak Chopra is fascinating and funny.

He asks a lot of the questions that came up for me, in trying to practice mindfulness in a secular way, purely for psychological health, when the science showing the effectiveness became overwhelmingly positive. I think he's the first non-Buddhist white western guy that I've come across who's written an account of having a crack at mindfulness for his mental health. Unlike us regular joes, it's pretty amazing that when he had a question, he was able to use his reporter status to go and question Tolle or Goldstein. That makes for a pretty unique book to.

It's interesting to see what happens when one skeptical guy tries mindfulness for 4 years. It's a humorous, informative and heart-warming journey.
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- Ms. L. Chalkley

A great story. Funny, profound and compelling.

Where does 10% Happier Unabridged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook now takes over as my favourite of all time. I don't normally get round to writing reviews but I did it for Danny Baker's "Going to Sea in a Sieve", because it was so good, and this one is even better. It is just as entertaining but you learn something too.

What did you like best about this story?

As you would expect, an audiobook by this author is very well read. He does that kind of thing for a living. Hearing this story in the author's own voice adds so much to the experience.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the description of the ten day meditation retreat. He really nails how the garlic muesli, robes and sandals hippy-dippy stuff can be a turn off, but he's also open minded enough to see it through to the end.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Dan is very honest about his journey, which really makes for a better story. Whilst the book is very, very funny, and on a regular basis, the humour doesn't undermine the message, and you are right there with him as he takes risks with his career and his relationships. It's a serious book but hugely entertaining.

Any additional comments?

If you have thought about mindfulness meditation but were put off by all of the trappings and the 1960's associations, this is definitely for you. It might be the book that finally convinces you to give meditation a try.

No hesitation, no doubt - a five star audiobook.

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- IR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio