Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris

January 29, 2019
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris Book Cover Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris
Dan Harris
Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House
December 26, 2017


Too busy to meditate? Can’t turn off your brain? Curious about mindfulness but more comfortable in the gym? This book is for you.

You’ll also get access to guided audio meditations on the 10% Happier app, to jumpstart your practice from day one.

ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation’s most vocal public proponents.

Harris found that meditation made him more focused and less yanked around by his emotions. According to his wife, it also made him less annoying. Science suggests that the practice can lower your blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain. So what’s holding you back?

In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Harris and Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and “Meditation MacGyver,” embark on a gonzo cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that keep people from meditating. It is filled with game-changing and deeply practical meditation instructions—all of which are also available (for free) on the 10% Happier app. This book is a trip worth taking.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris

Book Review by Dawn Thomas


288 Pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House

Release Date: December 26, 2017


Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Meditation, Happiness

When I first saw this book, I was very intrigued. This book is more than meditation. It is a road trip in a bus across the country explaining the benefits of meditation to people. There were many skeptics in the bunch, especially the police officers. Dan explains how meditation can help you become 10% happier by meditation even a few minutes a day. I have always had difficulty meditating. It seems I have monkey mind and have a hard time shutting it off. Reading Dan’s tips along with Jeff’s meditations was the trick.

The book also has an app associated with it 10% Happier. I downloaded it from the Google Play store, and it is now my go-to app for meditations. The meditations from the book are listed as lessons along with other meditations based on activity or time.

The writing is easy to read and will make anyone struggling with meditation feel better about themselves. There is no intimidation or statement that you have to meditate this way for it to be effective. I have recommended the book and the app to many of my friends.

I am lax in writing posting this review. I read the book about a year ago and have been using it ever since. With the beginning of the New Year, the 10% Happier app held a 21-day meditation challenge. I am proud to say I completed the challenge meditating all 21 days.

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