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Discussion Questions for 10% Happier – The Voice in Your Head

This book has a long title: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story. I guess Dan Harris wanted to make it clear that his book had a lot to offer, I don’t know. I do know that one element of that sentence following the colon appealed more to me than the other two: the part where Harris indicates that he successfully tamed the voice in his head. (His use of the Oxford comma was also appealing, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Discussion Questions for 10% Happier – The Voice in Your Head

This book has a long title: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story. I guess Dan Harris wanted to make it clear that his book had a lot to offer, I don’t know. I do know that one element of that sentence following the colon appealed more to me than the other two: the part where Harris indicates that he successfully tamed the voice in his head. (His use of the Oxford comma was also appealing, but that’s neither here nor there.)

In my early childhood I distinctly remember wondering whether everyone heard a voice in their head. I do not recall taking any sort of issue with what the voice in my head was saying back then, yet as years have gone by, I have begun to take issue. The idea of doing something about that voice – seeing it as a separate entity from myself – is one that I’ve begun to explore. It occurs to me now that I rarely, if ever, talk about inner voices with friends, family, or colleagues. Again I find myself wondering about other people – does everyone take issue with what the voice in their head is saying?

On the book jacket for 10% Happier, the second paragraph states: “We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that.

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