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10% Happier by Dan Harris

10% Happier by Dan HarrisThe book 10% Happier by Dan Harris was written by a journalist and partly as his memoirs. About himself, he says with plenty of sarcasm, honest, unvarnished, but without the unnecessary self-abasement. And, oddly enough, interesting talks. At some point in their life the author – Dan Harris begins to meditate (very interesting and instructive to read how he comes to this), and gradually his whole life changes. Yes, Yes, it becomes 10 % happier and explains how it happens.

Explains, in my opinion, brilliantly, without any mumbo Jumbo and vague conversations about spirituality and transcendence. I was particularly impressed by two things. The part where he talks about a ten-day silent retreat (10 days only to be silent and to meditate, it’s not a pound of raisins, it’s really hard, and Harris is very honest, why is it so hard). Those pieces, where he talks about Buddhism – not religion, but philosophy. One friend, a Buddhist, said: we Have God, we have a teacher. Now, what Harris has learned from Buddhism, very interesting and thought-provoking.

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