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Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir

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 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.

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    10 % Happier

    Great read, very well written and insightful. It 's wonderful to read about real person such as Dan Harris and his struggle for person success.....the rest falls into place. Dam Harris is a role model for others to follow through his courageous efforts to write his book and be 100 % honest to achieve his 10% Happier.

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    Great read. Totally different look at meditation

    Well worth the time to read. Will change your life if you let it. Allows for getting value from meditation without spirituality muddying the waters. Thanks dan.

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    10% Happier

    Great vantage point on mindfulness for those who struggle with the concept plus some practical applications for living. Highly recommended.

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    This book spoke to me on so many different levels. Dan Harris affirms meditation is hard work, but the rewards are there for those who commit. I admire Dan's brutal honesty, self-deprecating humour, and his common sense approach. He sees through the fads and the fakes and is not shy to name them. He loves his wife and family and never loses sight of that utmost priority. I learned so much from this book!!! Thank you Dan.

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    Inspiring

    It kept you wanting to turn page after page to learn more both about the author's own life but also how meditation became the tool which managed the voice in his head. It was very well written, spiced with so many sophisticated words that a person would expand their vocabulary greatly if they looked them all up. An entertaining, educational, captivating and most humorous book.

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