Will you be 10% happier this week?

Kimberly Eakin, a great friend of mine and one of the co-facilitators of our Thinking Council group sessions each month, sent me a note yesterday morning about a hilarious book she had just finished that she thought I would like.  The word “hilarious” is what got me so I downloaded the Audible version immediately and started listening to it.

10% Happier by Dan HarrisWithin minutes I had a smile on my face and throughout this weekend I have been walking around the house with earbuds in, driving in my car, and falling asleep to one of the most cynical books about a self-help journey I have ever read.  The honesty is so spot-on in regard to things I have felt or experienced that it literally pulled me out of the turkey coma I had been in.  The name of the book is 10% Happier.  What the author wanted to name it was “The A—–e in My Head” but the publisher thought differently.  HERE’s a quick excerpt from the book.

Dan Harris will take you on a 4-year journey (it’s a long journey packed in a short book) that leads to what the subtitle promises which is:  How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works – A True Story.  Dan Harris isn’t a Kumbaya person.  He’s a serious, ABC Nightline anchor, with a great sense of humor.  He had a panic attack while reporting the news on Good Morning America one day that led him, eventually, to a simple answer to why the attack might have occurred and how to prevent it in the future.  What I think is the best part, besides the cynicism towards self-help gurus that he has interviewed and spent time with, is that there’s no over-sell on what he discovered.  Consistent, small amounts of meditation, he says, can make you 10% happier.

There’s an article trending in social media that might be helpful if you want to know what to give up to be a little happier as well.  Here’s a list of the 15 things it says you should give up to be happyhttp://www.purposefairy.com/3308/15-things-you-should-give-up-in-order-to-be-happy/

  1. Your need to always be right
  2. Your need for control
  3. Blame
  4. Your self-defeating self-talk
  5. Your limiting beliefs
  6. Complaining
  7.  The luxury of criticism (say it isn’t so!)
  8.  Your need to impress others (okay, now that’s impossible for some of us)
  9.  Your resistance to change
  10. Labels
  11. Fears
  12. Excuses
  13. The past
  14. Attachment
  15. Living your life to other people’s expectations  (and thinking that other’s will live up to yours!)

That seems like a long list.  I better get started once I listen to 10% Happier one more time.

If you would like to be my guest at the upcoming production of “Scrooge- The Musical” at the Berglund Performing Arts Center in Roanoke, VA, this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, please let me know.  I have some VIP seats that I would like to give-a-way to some of my readers.  I have about 10, so please let me know if you and your family would like to go.  The experience that I had watching it 12 years ago changed my life and made me much more than 10% happier.



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