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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

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  92,953 ratings  ·  6,731 reviews
After having a nationally televised panic attack, 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: th ...more
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Published December 30th 2014 by Dey Street Books (first published March 11th 2014)
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Dave While it is a memoir to some extent, that is only the path to help this book serve as a guide. By showing his doubts and how he overcame them, the rea…moreWhile it is a memoir to some extent, that is only the path to help this book serve as a guide. By showing his doubts and how he overcame them, the reader gains real insight into meditation. The "memoir" aspect actually makes it a much easier read than any other mechanism I can think of.

If you like memoirs, enjoy this one and learn from it. If you don't like them, but are curious about meditation, this is still a worthwhile read, because you will learn a lot.(less)
Andrea It's his story, and it's good. But if you already are convinced of the value of meditation, there are more complete guides out there. Harris even sugg…moreIt's his story, and it's good. But if you already are convinced of the value of meditation, there are more complete guides out there. Harris even suggests a few at the end of the book along with his own short guide. Try Dr. Mark Epstein and Joseph Goldstein.(less)

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Dan Harris
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
Jason Schofield
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 almost certainly finish this one. It's terrific. ...more
Will Byrnes
Dan Harris is a bit of a jerk. You don’t have to take my word for it. He says it himself, more 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, which include more than a few in-country assignments in hot-fire war zones, hosting gigs on Good Morning America and Nightline, and scoring interviews with some very scary people, Harris is known for a live on-camera meltdown that was seen only by close family members,
Dan Dinello
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This bestseller annoyed me over and over. It's more of a memoir than a book about learning to meditate - something I do. But to read this book you must read about the life of this privileged rich white guy who has no social conscious and little interest in the people around him other than what he can exploit for a story. His arrogance is present in the subtitle - he reduced stress and kept his edge. But he never had an edge as far as I could tell. While the encouragement to meditate is positive, ...more
Raquel Moss
I've been under a fair bit of stress lately. Nearly a year into self-employment, work has become steadier, sometimes more 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' again.

The problem has been finding a guide to meditation that isn't complete granola claptrap. I loaded Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now o
Heidi The Reader
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 dysfunctional inner world in front of millions of people.

He sought help and jumped into the meditation world with both feet. I think its why most people find their way into spiritual practices- something isn't working quite right in their life and they need to change from the inside out. So, they look for a process of inner change and run smack into meditation.

Veronica Belmont
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 happier."

Dan Harris is an anchor for ABC, and in this story (which reads more like a memoir than a self-help guide) he details his own struggles early in his career. I related to many of these difficulties (particularly the fear of freezing up while live on the
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 techniques for being ...more
When a book means a lot to me, I have a more difficult time reviewing it. I finished this memoir a week ago and have been pondering it ever since.

Dan Harris is a reporter and anchorman at ABC News. Back in 2004, he had a panic attack on air while trying to read the morning headlines. He admitted to a therapist he was very stressed about his career, and that he had previously used recreational drugs.

Harris decided he wanted to find some peace of mind, and being a reporter, he researched differen
A fun read, albeit one that gets bogged down in too many internal monologues to make it a truly great book.

Harris is a fun writer, yet I found this entire book to be strangely narcissistic. Which is ironic, as 'ego' is why he first started meditating in the first place.

His interactions with Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra are, however, hilarious - and I sincerely enjoyed how skeptically he approached the entire topic. Perhaps a bit too skeptically at times - his distrust of the entire subject ha
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I watched that ol’ Minimalists documentary on Netflix, and there’s ol’ Dan Harris talking about having a panic attack on live TV. He mentions this book he wrote about being 10 percent happier, and I thought “Hell, I’d love to be 10 percent happier. Please, Dan, by all means, enlighten me.” See what I did there? Maybe not.

Anyway, Danny Boy starts his book sharing insights from his career, jobs he’s held, and stories he’s covered. In fact, some of the most interesting stuff found within the
Michael Palkowski
Jul 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A news anchor memoir spliced with banal ruminations about discovering meditation and the author's experiences with the self help industry. His insights are trite, boring and at times obnoxious. He marketed the book around a standard life trope, which was an unexpected meltdown (this time on live television) which resulted in self seeking discovery. This isn't how the book is structured at all and his "meltdown" seems to have had no clear effects on him at all, especially since his "discovery" co ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Skeptics on a spiritual journey
Dan Harris wanted to title this book "The voice in my head is an asshole." When I heard that line I knew I was in good hands. Harris, whose celebrity has escaped me since I don't watch much television, is the perfect blend of smart-ass skeptic and spiritual seeker. The great thing about this book (essentially a memoir) is that Harris is in perfect alignment with my own cynical view and utter fascination with the world of self-help and Buddhism. His writing is sometimes overly mocking in tone but ...more
Caitlin Da Silva
I’m no newbie to the concept of meditating—it’s a practise I’ve explored over the last few years—but 10% Happier by Dan Harris was a refreshing reminder that this journey doesn’t have to be perfect. Daily meditation doesn’t make you immune to hardship/stress/etc., but it does give you the tools to navigate those situations with more awareness.

In addition to finding Dan Harris’ investigation into this world fascinating (between learning about his career as an anchor and his attempts to endure le
da AL
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He does a great job of demystifying meditation. In an enjoyable way he recounts his own experiences, from skepticism to belief in, & explains what he's learned from others along the way. ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Harris is a television journalist and news-anchor for the ABC network. He currently is the co-anchor of the Nightline show and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He has gone into numerous war zones around the world, bringing back incredible stories from the front. He found this type of reporting to be thrilling, and often brought on an emotional "high". When he came back home, however, he found the need to self-medicate, with cocaine or other drugs. At one point in his career he ex ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't You Know You've Gotta Shock the Monkey!

Step Back, Then Move Forward with More Focus

I need to re-commit to the concepts of meditation and mindfulness. My "monkey mind" has returned. "Monkey mind" is the term Dan Harris and some others in the field use to describe in himself and his fellow Type A's (as I am), the crazy internal dialogue that no one but you could ever follow, in which your mind swings from one unrelated branch of thought to another, preventing you from fully honing in o
J. Schmidt
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing! All fluff, no substance!

First I have to admit, I am not a US citizen and I had never heard of Dan Harris before. I realized reading some of the reviews here, he is somewhat of a celebrity in the states, which may explain why so many people found his anecdotes fun and interesting. In my opinion they were largely boring. I read it because I was hoping for some more insights on the topic of happiness and meditation, but this was certainly one of the most shallow books on this to
Paul O'Neill
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good read and not what I was expecting.

Recommended for anyone curious about meditation and mindfulness. Harris does a great job of breaking down all the fluffy and ‘hippy’ terminology that usually get associated with meditation. He also brings the benefits to life by showing how it helped him.

A very honest account and nicely told.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was prompted to read this book by Michael Pollan's descriptions of meditation in his book, How to Change Your Mind; in Pollan's book, mindfulness was a somewhat peripheral subject, but it was interesting to me to learn that brain scans of seasoned meditators revealed the same kinds of changes as those found in people on psychedelic drugs like psilocybin. So I did a search for "most accessible book about meditation" (because trust me, a lot of them are nearly impenetrable), and I found 10% Happ ...more
I liked the title and combined with the positive GR ratings, I picked this one up. As one of my GR friends said, this came across more like an autobiography than self-help, which I really liked. During the first part when he is talking about his journalistic travels in the Middle East, I wondered what that had to do with being 10% happier. But he tied it all together.

I liked his humor. He had a nice balance of honesty and self-deprecating humor. I really felt happy for him when he got a girlfrie
A Meditation Book Designed For A True Skeptic.

This is the first book that I've read on meditation that approached meditation through a severely skeptical eye. Dan Harris has asked all the questions you would have thought to ask and gets all the answers for you. This is also the first book that I've read on meditation that was approached from a journalists point of view. Using Dan's connections he has managed to interview and talk to most of the meditation community you wish you could talk to.

Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly awesome. My friend Susan told me to read this. I was a bit shocked as she seemed the last person to suggest meditation. Since it happened a week after my attendance of the OUAT con where Lana Parrilla mentioned how meditation was important to her happiness which surprised me at the time, I felt like the universe was smacking me with a WAKE UP AND MEDITATE call.

This book is awesome sauce on multiple levels. It was fun reading about the experience of a a news person writing stories, e
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, down-to-earth "regular guy's" introduction to meditation. Also, a quick, fun read. For me, the book came into my life at a unique time. I'm a Stage IV melanoma patient. I've been meaning to enroll myself in a MBSR program (ala Kabat-Zinn) as I know meditation is an important tool. Reading Dan's book sealed it for me. I've enrolled in a program and, in preparation, have been practicing for 10 minutes/day using one of Kabat-Zinn's CD programs. Thanks Dan.
4.5 stars. I loved everything about this. I'm not into self-help at all, so Dan's critical and questioning attitude worked really well in convincing a sceptic like me. I have even started meditating on a daily basis. His sense of humour is brilliant, and I can't remember when last I laughed so much while reading. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys A.J. Jacobs writing.

The Story: After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some
Katherine Esposito
Ive read countless books on anxiety looking for some new takes on self help and reassurance that I'm not alone with this illness. I couldn't get past the first 3 pages of this book. When I realized this was a famous news anchor I immediately looked up his infamous panic attack on YouTube and felt insulted. If that what is considered a panic attack then what is happening to me? He hardly misses a beat on the air and was admittedly doing a lot of drugs at the time. I may try to pick it up again bu ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea who Dan Harris was before I read this book because I rarely watch American news. After reading this, I have so much respect for him and for his journey. He really seems like a genuine and hardworking guy and I admire his grit.

This book was my introduction to meditation and I am really trying to implement it into my routine.
This book was far, far better than I expected. Actually, I’m not sure what I expected: the title, 10% Happier, suggested to me something akin to Gretchen Rubin’s somewhat inane Happiness Project, which I didn’t care for. Turns out, the original title for 10% Happier was “The Voice in My Head is an Asshole,” which is both far more amusing and a better description of the actual content of the book. Still, though, it doesn’t convey the fact that the book is really a memoir of Dan Harris's life in b ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an avowed atheist and skeptic, I’ve always considered meditation to be in the same supernatural ballpark as god, psychics, crystals and divining rods. But then I recalled that one of my heroes, neuroscientist and atheist, Sam Harris (who, much to my pleasure, makes a cameo in this book), is a practitioner of mediation. So I decided to give this book by Dan Harris (no relation) a listen. And I am very happy I did!

Harris takes us on a journey of self-discovery into the world of broadcast news,
Tom Quinn
Condescending privileged man discovers mindfulness meditation and is surprised to find it works.

Content is self-adulating. Tone is insufferable. Would probably be a good primer for busy folks skeptical of meditation themselves and in need of an introduction they can relate to.

3 stars out of 5. Not for me.
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Dan Harris is the coanchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and the weekday editions of Good Morning America. Before joining ABC News fourteen years ago, he worked for local news outlets in Boston and Maine. He lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City. 10% Happier is his first book.

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