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Harris had the ambition and drive to rise to ABC News television anchor. He’d felt the “journalistic
heroin” of reporting from war zones, anchored national broadcasts, and even recovered from cocaine addiction. But he
also had a voice in his head, the same voice most of us wrestle with, constantly second-guessing him. If he could only
quiet that voice, he’d be happier and less stressed. Harris was already covering the religion beat when he veered off on
a personal journey to find answers beyond the self-help gurus. Along the way, he talked to Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra,
a host of Jewish Buddhists, and even the Dalai Lama before reluctantly trying meditation. Approaching it with all the
skepticism of a reporter, Harris checked out the neurological research and learned that meditation was being used in the
corporate and military arenas to heighten focus and clarity. After going on a meditation retreat, he ultimately found
the balance he sought between ambition and inner peace. In this brave, completely engaging, and often hilarious book,
Harris achieves his aim of demystifying meditation. --Vanessa Bush
Startling, provocative, and often very funny . . . [10% HAPPIER] will convince even the most skeptical
reader of meditation’s potential. (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)
10% HAPPIER is hands down the best book on meditation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious. . . .
an insightful, engaging, and hilarious tour of the mind’s darker corners and what we can do to find a bit of peace.
(Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus)
The science supporting the health benefits of meditation continues to grow as does the number of Americans who count
themselves as practitioners but, it took reading 10% HAPPIER to make me actually want to give it a try. (Richard E.
Besser, M.D., Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News)
An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation that offers new
insights as to how this ancient practice can help modern lives while avoiding the pitfall of cliché. This is a book that
will help people, simply put. (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)
This brilliant, humble, funny story shows how one man found a way to navigate the non-stop stresses and demands of
modern life and back to humanity by finally learning to sit around doing nothing. (Colin Beavan, author of No Impact
“In 10% Happier, Dan Harris describes in fascinating detail the stresses of working as a news correspondent and the
relief he has found through the practice of meditation. This is an extremely brave, funny, and insightful book. Every
ambitious person should read it.” (Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith)
A compellingly honest, delightfully interesting, and at times heart-warming story of one highly intelligent man’s
life-changing journey towards a deeper understanding of what makes us our very best selves. As Dan’s meditation practice
deepens, I look forward to him being at least 11% happier, or more. (Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself)
10% Happier is a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller. Mindfulness can make you happier. Read this to find out
how. (George Stephanopoulos)
Part-science, part-memoir, and part self-help, Harris outlines specific ways he learned to, well, chill the f#%k out.
“A self-help guide even skeptics will embrace . . . Harris crushes stereotypes about meditation and recounts how it
slashed his stress and quieted his anxious mind.” (Parade)
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