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10% Happier by Dan Harris – Book Review


oh gosh… I can totally feel Dan’s social embarrassment as he was discovering meditation.

I used to get weird looks (and be bothered by it) when my circle of friends discovered I had a business in personal development and was going to be heavily involved in the industry. In fact, I got a few smirks from friends as they checked out the latest book I was reading.

There is nothing more that I love than a very candid, autobiographical read splashed with dry humour. The human condition fascinates me and I instantly connect to personal stories. Dan’s book was such an easy read for me and I love it.

I really loved reading about how the light bulbs unfold in Dan’s thought process and life. Personal Development has given me some of those ah-ha moments. Having your life appear completely different to you in an instant just from one new piece of information is extremely amazing – and cool. It’s often unexpected which makes it all the more magical.

Dan, being quite the severe skeptic himself will certainly relate to those who are initially closed off to what the practice of meditation is and what it’s benefits are. His personal results and realisations make a great case for even the worst skeptics to be just a little more curious and open.

His frustrations and doubts in the starting stages of his meditation practice will also benefit those who are still finding their way around what meditation is and how is it supposed to work. I find that simple techniques can progress one’s meditation experience significantly especially for those who are not used to being self aware. I certainly took away a few of those techniques and strategies for my own practice.

Here’s what my trusty meditation app Headspace had to say about getting the most out of your practice.

I personally gained alot from the book – practical applications, insights into skeptics, insights into my own understanding of meditation, concepts & word tracks on how to describe meditation & its effects. I liked that it drew some relation to broader themes such as religion, faith, but not too much.

Overall, the book is funny and light hearted, which makes it more relatable to its audience. It can be a great gift for that meditation skeptic of a friend who is curious but may not have the guts to discover what meditation is all about yet.

If prose is too ‘blah’ for you, this short little cartoon might do you some good:


Useful links:

What is meditation? by Headspace, guided meditation app