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 by Dan Harris: Book Summary

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This is a FlashNotes Book Summary of 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 by Dan Harris
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Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir
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: 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.
Eventually Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 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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A Must Read. Convinced me to Meditate.

If you could sum up 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 by Dan Harris: Book Summary in three words, what would they be?

I love that he is so skeptical, and he's not someone that you think of would be into meditation, so very relatable.


What other book might you compare 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 by Dan Harris: Book Summary to and why?

I read The Untethered Soul just before and I found reading both books one after the other gave me a really solid understanding and appreciation for the 'voice in my head'. I've been trying to meditate even just 5 minutes a day (probably more like every other, or every 3 days) but I feel the benefits already.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was quite entertaining.


Any additional comments?

Life is becoming more and more stressful, so fast paced and there are so many distractions. I truly believe, as Dan Harris says as well, mediation and/or mindfulness is the next big craze and well needed before we all end up on anti-anxiety medication.

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- Cassandra Cassar

10% Happier

The (short) version of this book was terrific! For people who like to get to the " facts" or in this case, the message, it's perfect. Without repeating examples upon examples of a specific point, the narrator encapsulates the essence of the information bringing the reader ( listener) to a personal crossroad. The reader can choose to read ( listen to) the entire book or not. It's a satisfying way to involve oneself in the search and delight in finding books worth a person's investment in time and interest.
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- Joyce Stanford

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2015
  • Publisher: FlashBooks, LLC