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Discussion Questions for 10% Happier

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Discussion Questions for 10% Happier

Questions prepared by Liz Wegman, Director, PTPI Global Chapter Network

1. The on-air panic attack suffered by author Dan Harris is central to his personal story, and the story he tells in his book. Had you heard about the incident prior to the book, or even perhaps witnessed it? (If you have not seen it, watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qo4uPxhUzU) What is your reaction to seeing this? Are you reminded of any situations you have been in that were similar?

2. Harris is very forthcoming about the level of skepticism he had for religion in general, and how that affected his interviews when he first started exploring and covering the topic of faith. How did you react to his initial attitude? What were your thoughts as he began to change that attitude?

3. Due to the nature of his career, Harris is able to spend time with individuals that most of us will never meet in person. Did you enjoy reading about his experiences and the way in which he described them?

4. Of the individuals that Harris turns to as spiritual advisors, was there one in particular whose advice or message appealed to you most? 

5. Do you think certain personality types are more prone to worrying about their personal happiness or analyzing the thoughts that run through their mind? 

6. Do you think focusing on personal happiness is a luxury, or do you think it should be a priority? Have you ever taken steps to try and improve your own happiness? If so, what did you do and how successful were you?

7. Bhutan is the only country in the world to use a measure of Gross National Happiness (GNH) instead of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – it uses levels of citizen happiness as a measure of prosperity rather than the traditional measure of wealth. (Learn more about this measure here.) Do you find it interesting that one of the measures used is the frequency of meditation? 

8. The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network published the first World Happiness Report in 2012. (Read the 2013 report here.) Have you visited any of the countries that were found to have the highest levels of happiness? (Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden.) What are your thoughts on why those countries are happiest? Do outside factors come into play?

 
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