Review: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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I’ve never heard of Dan Harris and I wasn’t one of the 5 million who watched his panic attack on a televised news program. When I did watch it on YouTube I guess I was, well, expecting a real meltdown. I am going to agree with Mr. Harris when, in the book, he suggested that the title for this missive on his life’s journey through meditation, spirituality, and the well, quite interesting broadcast news journalism, had somewhere in the title, “..Asshole..”. I think he should have stuck with that. Not that I think he’s an asshole; just that he self-describes so accurately and be the first to tell you of his overprivileged attitude and sometimes you see a glimmer of … let’s be honest, Danny grows up. Some of the things he describes really do make you nod your head and say, “Aw, yer all grown up Danny boy.” In December of 2014 he and his wife welcomed a son into the world (who is as cute as any news anchor I’ve ever seen) and I have a feeling that this book may even be better if he does some re-writes after realizing that the world isn’t just catering to his self-described over privileged attitude. Putting that aside, and even putting meditation aside, which I’m wont to implement, how would I know that the insight into the broadcast journalism life would be so interesting. Hell, I was even a Peter Jennings fan at one time. Dan describes the makeup of that personality (queue “Cult of Personality”) and of the people around him and every nuance of work life that we all go through–which is a sideline to the main idea. What I enjoyed most about this book was that it is a cynic…or a realist that comes to grips with that itch of self-awareness and soul-searching that pushes them to exhaust every plausibility before recognizing that while spirituality can be (and in some cases must be) set aside; science comes in and makes the case.