10% Happier - Dan Harris

10% Happier

By Dan Harris

  • Release Date: 2014-03-11
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4
From 876 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir

"An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation."

—Elizabeth Gilbert

Nightline anchor Dan Harrisembarks 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, 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.

Finally, 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 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.


  • It's like being given the answer sheet to a test!

    By HautieAudie
    I have recommended this book to everyone close to me. Before the book I would have never recommended it. And quite frankly I'm not recommending meditating to them.. I'm recommending this well written, highly entertaining and engaging book. The readers will on their own want to meditate because of it. Thank you Dan Harris for making my life better by improving my thoughts and reactions/responses. I'm happier and more confident and calmer and understanding of the world spinning around me :)
  • The best instruction manual ever.

    By Caribbean Jim
    Separates meditation from religion and converts it to an exercise program, similar to, a guide for learning to play championship level tennis. The memoir portion, which may seem overly long and introspective as you read it, is actually indispensable for getting you to realize that with the incredible resources at his disposal he has really investigated the subject in depth, such that by the time you get to the Epilogue and the Appendix you are at a fever pitch of desire to get started training your mind, as Dan did to obtain the mental muscle he needed to be an anchor on a major TV network, and you want to acquire this mental "superpower" to become great at whatever it is that you do or want to do with your life.
  • Half-Way through so far so good

    By Pacman Norris
    Very good read at least for the first half
  • 10% happier

    By Qpzmqpzm
    Very good read, well written holds your attention.
  • Extremely useful

    By DrWolf333
    I think what I enjoyed most about the book was I was not terribly sure I saw the author as the protagonist of his story. Yet that is the effect he appears to have been going for; his narration of the internal voice in his head was unlikable, and he uses that as the central conceit to demonstrate why meditation has been helpful. The book really re-ignited my interest in the topic and can be recommended to skeptics and busy people.
  • Great read on meditation with out any hokey spiritual stuff

    By PB Gold
    I thought this book was fantastic. It's a look at an intelligent guys experience with meditation. Dan was able to give us his look into the various areas of spirituality ie. self help gurus, evangelists, and scholars on Buddhism and Psychotherapy. He did extensive research on all of the above and gave his educated, honest and sometimes funny opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have been a long time meditator but recently began to slip on my practice And I found this book incredibly helpful with re establishing my practice. Thanks Dan!!!!
  • 10% Happier

    By Meps13
    Amazing, funny, insightful book. Must read it
  • 10% Happier

    By Realtor Jim
    A great read covering the authors journey from "contempt prior to investigation" to an understanding the benefits of meditation. I've learned techniques I can put to use, as well as, scientific an practical reasons for meditating.
  • Interesting Read

    By Flip 69
    I saw the story about this book on ABC news and thought to myself, hmmmmm, this guy sounds like me. After reading the book, it turns out there were indeed similarities. The book is a good read. I got through it in a week. It has interesting stories about his journalism career and then it goes into his various encounters with different people who try to enlighten him in his quest to find a sort of inner peace. I wouldn't say it blew my mind in any way, but there is advice to be found for sure and I think he does a good job of covering some of the bases. I'm currently at the end reading through the appendix for the various techniques and will certainly be giving them a try.
  • I want to be friends with this guy!

    By Taneshajo
    Great read.