Quotes from 10% Happier

Posted on 2/1/2020, 3:21:16 PM

“Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not good enough because you need to get to the next one. That is continuous stress.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier


“When you have one foot in the future and the other in the past, you piss on the present.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier



“What mindfulness does is create some space in your head so you can, as the Buddhists say, “respond” rather than simply “react.” In the Buddhist view, you can’t control what comes up in your head; it all arises out of a mysterious void. We spend a lot of time judging ourselves harshly for feelings that we had no role in summoning. The only thing you can control is how you handle it.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“There’s no point in being unhappy about things you can’t change, and no point being unhappy about things you can.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier



“Striving is fine, as long as it’s tempered by the realization that, in an entropic universe, the final outcome is out of your control. If you don’t waste your energy on variables you cannot influence, you can focus much more effectively on those you can. When you are wisely ambitious, you do everything you can to succeed, but you are not attached to the outcome—so that if you fail, you will be maximally resilient, able to get up, dust yourself off, and get back in the fray. That, to use a loaded term, is enlightened self-interest.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier



“pursuit of happiness becomes the source of our unhappiness.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“But it was in this moment, lying in bed late at night, that I first realized that the voice in my head—the running commentary that had dominated my field of consciousness since I could remember—was kind of an asshole.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“Meditation is not about feeling a certain way. It’s about feeling the way you feel.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“Your demons may have been ejected from the building, but they’re out in the parking lot, doing push-ups.”)”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“Everything in the world is ultimately unsatisfying and unreliable because it won’t last.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“May you be happy. May you be safe and protected from harm. May you be healthy and strong. May you live with ease.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier



“The Buddha captured it well when he said that anger, which can be so seductive at first, has “a honeyed tip” but a “poisoned root.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier



“We live so much of our lives pushed forward by these “if only” thoughts, and yet the itch remains. The pursuit of happiness becomes the source of our unhappiness.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“If you stay in the moment, you’ll have what is called spontaneous right action, which is intuitive, which is creative, which is visionary, which eavesdrops on the mind of the universe.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier




“Picture the mind like a waterfall, they said: the water is the torrent of thoughts and emotions; mindfulness is the space behind the waterfall. Again, elegant theory – but, easier said than done.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works




“Don’t you ever get pissed off, annoyed, irritated, sad—anything negative?” “No, I accept what is. And that’s why life has become so simple.” “Well, what if somebody cuts you off in your car?” “It’s fine. It’s like a sudden gust of wind. I don’t personalize a gust of wind, and so it’s simply what is.”

― Dan Harris, 10% Happier


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