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10% Happier

272 pages, 2019



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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 and a self-help guru.

  Eventually, after learning more about neuroscience, he 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 propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.

Mindfulness is Key

In 10% Happier, Dan Harris explores the concept of mindfulness. He suggests that by being present and fully engaged in the moment, we can reduce stress and increase happiness. It's not about emptying your mind, but rather about paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Meditation Can Change Your Life

Harris digs into the practice of meditation, showing how it can help us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions. This awareness can lead to a 10% increase in happiness, hence the book's title. So, why not give meditation a try?

Skepticism is Healthy

Harris was initially skeptical about meditation and mindfulness. But he encourages readers to research and see for themselves the benefits these practices can bring. It's okay to question things, but don't let skepticism stop you from trying something new.

Happiness is a Skill

One of the key takeaways from 10% Happier is that happiness is a skill that can be developed. It's not something that just happens to us. Harris suggests that with practice and patience, we can all learn to be happier.

The Power of Self-Compassion

Harris also explores the importance of self-compassion. He argues that being kind to ourselves, especially when we make mistakes or face challenges, can significantly improve our mental wellbeing. So, next time you're feeling down, remember to treat yourself with kindness.

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10% Happier is a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller. Mindfulness described with verve.

Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington - Huffington Post co-founder

10% Happier is a compelling, honest and provocative work that is exceedingly entertaining and profoundly instructive.

Richard DavidsonRichard Davidson - Psychology and neuroscience

10% Happier is hands down the best book on mindfulness I have ever read. Insightful, engaging, and funny.

Mark EpsteinMark Epstein - Buddhism and psychotherapy

10% Happier is the book that I wish I had in my younger days. It can really make a difference in your life.

Chade-Meng TanChade-Meng Tan - Google's Jolly Good Fellow

10% Happier is a brilliant guide to the power of meditation. It's a must-read for everyone.

Sharon SalzbergSharon Salzberg - Meditation teacher
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