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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC News anchor who had a panic attack live on "Good Morning America," which led him to try something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, "10% Happier." In this podcast, Dan explores happiness (whatever that means… read more

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#270: You Don’t Exist. But You Actually Do. Wait, What? | Guy Armstrong

August 3rd, 2020


In this episode, we take a simple, useful, and down-to-earth stroll through one of the most confounding -- but liberating -- concepts in Buddhism. On …

Soothe Anxiety to Sleep | Bonus Meditation with Matthew Hepburn

July 31st, 2020


Today (7/31) is the last day to join the Summer Sanity Challenge: a free 21 day meditation challenge. The goal here is to help you build resilience …

#269: The Sex Episode | Devon and Craig Hase

July 29th, 2020


Buddhists don’t tend to shy away from talking about body parts -- but usually it’s more along the lines of meditating on things like spittle, defecation (otherwise known as poop) and the inevitable decay of the body. So …

#268: How to Get Sleep in Anxious Times | Dr. Donn Posner

July 27th, 2020


I don’t know about you guys, but my sleep has suffered quite badly during the last few months. Today’s guest really got me thinking about this issue …

Performance Anxiety | Bonus Meditation with Oren Jay Sofer

July 24th, 2020


On July 27, we're launching the Summer Sanity Challenge: a free 21 day meditation challenge. The goal here is to help you build resilience so that …

#267: How Do You Optimize Your Performance When Everything Sucks? | Pete Carroll & Michael Gervais

July 22nd, 2020


How do you optimize your performance when life is utterly disrupted by a pandemic? Are optimism and confidence trainable skills? Can we get over our fear of other people’s opinions? These are some of the questions we …

#266: The Case for "Doing Nothing" in a Time of Crisis | Sebene Selassie & Jeff Warren

July 20th, 2020


At a time of multiple, mutually-reinforcing dumpster fires, meditation can seem counterintuitive. Instinctively, many of us might prefer to rush to …

How Not to Be Owned by Desire | Bonus Meditation with Joseph Goldstein

July 17th, 2020


Learn how to become mindful of desire, creating more room for choice instead of automatically reaching for the thirtieth cookie.

You can find …

#265: The Upside of Desire | Cara Lai

July 15th, 2020


In Buddhism/meditation circles, desire or wanting is often considered a no-no. But is this line of thinking sometimes taken too far — or simply misunderstood? Can we turn our desires — for food, sex, etcetera — into …

#264: The Brain Science of Enlightenment | Rick Hanson

July 13th, 2020


Today we’re going to nerd out about what enlightenment (or, if that word is triggering, let’s just call it “high doses of meditation”) can do to your brain — and, more practically, how we can derive these benefits even …

An Infinitely Portable Meditation Technique | Bonus Meditation with JoAnna Hardy

July 10th, 2020


You can find meditations on relaxation and much more on our app. Visit to download the Ten Percent Happier app and kickstart your meditation practice. Visit to sign up today.

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#263: The Buddha's Four-Part Strategy for "Ultimate Happiness" | Sally Armstrong

July 8th, 2020


"Mindfulness" has become a buzz phrase. There are books on mindful parenting, mindful lawyering, even mindful sex. But what does the word even mean? …

#262: Why We're All Suffering from Racial Trauma (Even White People) -- and How to Handle It | Resmaa Menakem

July 6th, 2020


It’s easy to think of racism as a virus that lives in your head. But my guest today makes a compelling case that it also lives, in very profound and often unseen ways, in your body. Resmaa Menakem is a therapist and …

Getting Out of Your Head | Bonus Meditation with Diana Winston

July 3rd, 2020


You can find meditations on compassion and much more on our app. Visit to download the Ten Percent Happier app and kickstart your meditation practice. Visit to sign up today.

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#261: Can Faith Be Useful - Even for Atheists? | Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

July 1st, 2020


Faith is a loaded word in some circles, but in this episode, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel makes her case for it - in ways that might surprise you. We also discuss: what she means by the phrase "being realistic," the power …

#260: The Science of Happiness | Emiliana Simon-Thomas

June 29th, 2020


In this episode, at this fraught moment in history, we're bringing on a leading scientist to help us tackle one of the most pernicious misconceptions that humans have ever fostered. The very roots of the word …

Emotional Awareness | Oren Sofer Bonus Guided Meditation

June 26th, 2020


You can find Oren's meditation on emotional awareness and much more on our app. Visit to download the Ten Percent Happier app and kickstart your meditation practice.

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#259: How You Can Help Transform America's Racial Karma | Dr. Larry Ward

June 24th, 2020


What can you, as an individual, do to help break the cycles of rage, pain, fear, and violence that continue to grip America - and many other parts of …

#258: Why Your Bad Habits (and Addictions) May Be Getting Worse - and How Mindfulness Can Help | Dr. Jud Brewer

June 22nd, 2020


Do you find yourself overeating during this stressful time? Maybe drinking or smoking more than you would like? What about shopping or gambling? And …

Antidote to Fear | George Mumford Guided Meditation

June 19th, 2020


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Where there is fear, there are seeds for compassion. Learn how to sit with fear, not lose …

#257: The Dharma of Harriet Tubman | Spring Washam

June 17th, 2020


I had always known Harriet Tubman as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, repeatedly risking her own life to lead slaves out of the South. But in this episode, my friend, the great meditation teacher Spring Washam, …

#256: White People, Drop the Shame and Get Curious | Shelly Graf

June 15th, 2020


In this episode, we go there. All the way there. All those horrifying little thoughts that white people might have - eg: Have you ever felt superior to, or suspicious of, black people? - let's drag them out of the …

See Through Unconscious Bias | Bonus Meditation with Sebene Selassie

June 12th, 2020


Listen as Sebene helps you cut through patterns of self-judgement and prejudice toward others with the simple tools of curiosity & kindness.

If …

#255: The View of American Turmoil from the Other Side of the World | Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

June 10th, 2020


We have spent the past few episodes talking with black and white Americans about race. But for this episode I wanted to get the view from outside. So I called up a man on the other side of the planet who is widely …

#254: White People Talking About Whiteness | Eleanor Hancock

June 8th, 2020


Many, if not most, white people don't think of themselves as racialized. Race, we might tell ourselves, is an issue for people who have different …

Waking Up to the Distortion of Racism | Bonus Talk with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

June 5th, 2020


If we were to walk past the fires of oppression, we would be walking past one of the widest gateways to liberation.

About Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Zenju …

#253: An Uncomfortable (But Meaningful) Conversation About Race | Lama Rod Owens

June 3rd, 2020


Many of us come to meditation for comfort. But, especially for white people, right now is a time to embrace our discomfort. Lama Rod Owens encourages me to step way out of my comfort zone in this conversation, and I am …

#252: You Can't Meditate This Away (Race, Rage, and the Responsibilities of Meditators)

June 1st, 2020


There is fury in America's streets - and we, as meditators, have the opportunity to use our practice to do the hard work of seeing things clearly (including the ugliness in our own minds), and responding wisely. I'm …

The Dalai Lama's Advice for Right Now

May 27th, 2020


How do we handle pandemic-induced anxiety or grief? What does a spiritual guru do to relax while on lockdown? We put those questions - and more - to …

#250: Holding it Together When Things Fall Apart | Pema Chodron

May 25th, 2020


Pema Chodron has seemingly been trying to prepare us for this pandemic for years, through a series of popular books, with titles such as When Things …

How Not to Say Stupid Stuff When You're Stressed | Susan Piver TPH Live Bonus

May 22nd, 2020


Sometimes when you get stressed, you say dumb stuff and that is still happening to me, even after having meditated for over a decade. But in Buddhism, there's a way to deal with this. They call it right speech or …

#249: Don't Let This Crisis Go To Waste | Roshi Joan Halifax

May 20th, 2020


Roshi Joan Halifax is definitely not arguing the pandemic is a good thing, but she also believes we shouldn't let this crisis go to waste. It's a …

#248: How to Be a Good and Sane Citizen in Ugly Times | Ezra Klein

May 18th, 2020


Rest assured, this is not an episode where we're going to argue about politics. Instead, it's about how to maintain our happiness, calm, sanity, …

Facing Uncertainty | Bonus Meditation with Alexis Santos

May 15th, 2020


Discomfort with the unknown is a natural human response. This meditation will help you relax as you practice allowing the rhythm of life to unfold.

#247: Weird Dreams, Family Relationships, and Collective Trauma | Dr. Mark Epstein

May 13th, 2020


Why are so many of us having such weird dreams these days? How do we successfully interact with family members while on lockdown? Are we all …

#246: Losing Your Patience? Here's How to Get it Back

May 11th, 2020


This pandemic is a colossal test of our patience - from dealing with family to interminably long wait times on calls with the unemployment office to …

Three Tools to Help You Get Through This | Dr. Rick Hanson Bonus Talk

May 8th, 2020


Three best practices for coping and resilience, based on neuroscientific and psychological research from Rick Hanson.

You can find Rick Hanson's …

#245: The Other Side of the Pandemic | Rev. angel Kyodo williams

May 6th, 2020


What will we be like when this thing is finally over? Will we be even more fearful and divided? Or is there a realistically rosier scenario? This is …

#244: Small Ways to Improve Your Everyday Life Right Now | Gretchen Rubin

May 4th, 2020


I call Gretchen Rubin the "Swiss Army Knife for Happiness." Present her with a problem, and she will flood you with practical, customized solutions. …

A Meditation for Money Worries | Sebene Selassie

May 1st, 2020


Stressed about the economy? You're not alone. Sebene offers tools to help see the abundance we all have in our lives in this guided meditation.

You …

#243: Can You Be OK With Uncertainty? | Jack Kornfield

April 29th, 2020


On this episode, a bad news / good news situation. Let's start with the bad news: human beings are not wired for uncertainty. It short circuits our system. The mind wants to plan, to work things out - and, in a …

#242: A Buddhist Approach to Money Worries | Ethan Nichtern

April 27th, 2020


No matter what your economic situation is, you have likely experienced some money worries during this pandemic. I know I have- and I say that as someone who is in an extremely fortunate position. So many people have …

How to Handle our Collective Grief | Sharon Salzberg Bonus Meditation

April 24th, 2020


In this meditation Sharon helps you navigate the feelings and sensations of grief safely, using the breath as a neutral landing place for your attention.

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#241: Crisis Advice from "Meditation MacGyver" | Jeff Warren

April 22nd, 2020


Jeff Warren is someone for whom I have a special affection. We chronicled our friendship in a book we co authored, called Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, in which we took a gonzo cross-country bus trip to help people …

#240: Why We're All Grieving - and How To Deal With It | David Kessler

April 20th, 2020


Most, if not all, of us are experiencing a cocktail of challenging emotions these days - whether in the background or in the foreground of our psyche. Speaking personally, I thought my primary issue was anxiety, but I …

Loneliness & Belonging | Bonus Meditation with Oren Jay Sofer

April 17th, 2020


In times of loneliness, there are practices that can help. Oren offers words and wisdom to help you rekindle a sense of belonging.

Find more meditations and courses from Oren on the Ten Percent Happier app:

#239: How to Go Easy on Yourself in a Pandemic | Dr. Kristin Neff

April 15th, 2020


It's easy to add insult to injury in this pandemic by beating ourselves up. Why are we not exercising more? Eating less? Or boosting our …

#238: You Don't Have to be Alone to be Lonely | Former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

April 13th, 2020


Our guest this week gives a bracingly candid account of loneliness - one made all the more remarkable by the fact that he is a former surgeon general.

Even before the current coronavirus pandemic, we were in the midst …

Don't Take on Others' Stress | Bonus Meditation with Jeff Warren

April 10th, 2020


Stress doesn't have to be contagious. This session will guide you through staying boundaried, calm, and kind when stress is in the air.

Meditation Available on Ten Percent Happier:

#237: Is It Still OK to Be Happy? | Sylvia Boorstein

April 8th, 2020


Even in the middle of a pandemic, it's still OK to experience delight. That's per legendary meditation teacher, Sylvia Boostein. In fact, she says, …

#236: Love in the Time of COVID | Esther Perel

April 6th, 2020


The coronavirus outbreak may pose one of the greatest challenges to romantic relationships in modern memory. For those of us living in close quarters with spouses or partners, how do we live our day to day without …

How to Calm Down | Bonus Meditation with Matthew Hepburn

April 3rd, 2020


Bring yourself down from a level 10 to a level 2—stimulating the calming parasympathetic nervous system with validated timeless practices.

Matthew …

#235: Joseph Goldstein | Meditating In A Pandemic

April 1st, 2020


A statement of the blazingly obvious: we are living in stressful times. A statement of the slightly less obvious: meditation, while not a panacea, …

#234: How to Engage Corona-Deniers (and Other Ethical Dilemmas)

March 27th, 2020


So many of us have people in our lives who we feel are not taking this pandemic seriously enough. How do we handle them? Yell, lecture, call them out on Twitter? What about flooding them with articles? Or is there a …

#233: Sharon Salzberg Makes Me Feel Better

March 25th, 2020


If, given the deeply suboptimal circumstances in which we find ourselves right now, you are cycling through anxiety, depression, anger, and apathy, I suspect this conversation with legendary meditation teacher Sharon …

Jack Kornfield on Ten Percent Happier Live | Bonus Episode

March 23rd, 2020


In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. Hence my new project -- Ten Percent Happier Live. Every weekday, we'll offer a free live sanity break, featuring some of …

#232: How to Actually Get Work Done at Home | Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter

March 20th, 2020


We are in the middle of a giant, global experiment in remote work. Even in the best of times, working from home is tricky. You're surrounded by distractions: pets, laundry, Netflix. But in the midst of this pandemic, …

#231: Parenting in a Pandemic | Susan Kaiser Greenland

March 18th, 2020


We're in the middle of one of the greatest tests for parents in modern memory. Tens of millions of us, cooped up in our homes with our kids, as a consequence of the coronavirus. Susan Kaiser Greenland can help. She's a …

How to Handle Coronavirus Anxiety | Special Edition

March 13th, 2020


We're all being inundated with unsettling news about the new coronavirus, but there isn't a lot of information out there about how to stay sane, balanced, and calm in the midst of this pandemic. So that's what this …

#230: Work Less, Get More Done | Alex Soojung Kim-Pang

March 11th, 2020


Many of us can feel burnt out, tired or stretched too thin. It can be hard to balance everything on our plates, especially in work environments that …

#229: Buddhism Without Beliefs | Stephen Batchelor

March 4th, 2020


Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist teacher who takes an unconventional approach to the practice. He was more of a scholar, studying logic and philosophy …

#228: The Medieval Executioner in Your Head | Valerie Brown

February 26th, 2020


Valerie Brown grew up in poverty in Brooklyn, New York. When she was a teenager, her mother passed away and her father left her to fend for herself. …

#227: Race is Not Tangential to Meditation | Rhonda V. Magee

February 19th, 2020


Rhonda V. Magee is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on …

#226: The Dharma of Instagram | Yung Pueblo

February 12th, 2020


Yung Pueblo (Diego Perez) grew up in poverty after his family immigrated from Ecuador to Boston, Massachusetts. He fell into heavy drugs in his …

#225: Happiness Takes Work | Sonja Lyubomirsky

February 5th, 2020


Sonja Lyubomirsky has been studying human happiness for 30 years. As a professor at the University of California Riverside, her research has centered around things people can do to become happier. In this episode she …

#224: Tara Brach: Making it RAIN

January 29th, 2020


Being open to the feelings of anxiety and fear can be terrifying, but Tara Brach, a clinical psychologist and founder of the Insight Meditation …

#223: Jon Kabat-Zinn | Meditation as a Love Affair

January 22nd, 2020


Jon Kabat-Zinn has been a key player bringing mindfulness meditation to the mainstream. In 1979, he introduced the now world-renowned …

#222: How to Become a Regular Meditator (and More) | Alexis Santos

January 15th, 2020


While in medical school in the mid-90's, Alexis Santos found himself in the midst of a spiritual crisis. At one of the top medical schools in the …

#221: All Your Sleep Questions, Answered | Dr. Matthew Walker

January 8th, 2020


Dr. Matthew Walker is a sleep scientist with a PhD in neurophysiology. His research investigates the impact of sleep on human health and diseases …

Bonus Talk: How to Build a Meditation Habit That Sticks | Dan Harris

January 6th, 2020


Dan shares four best practices to help you build and keep up the meditation habit.

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#220: The Anti-Diet | Evelyn Tribole

January 1st, 2020


Award-winning registered dietitian Evelyn Tribole inspires people to rethink their relationship with food and enjoy eating. In today's diet culture, …

#219: Making and Breaking Habits, Sanely | Kelly McGonigal

December 26th, 2019


For as long as she can remember, Kelly McGonigal has felt motivated to understand the causes of pain and suffering and find ways to relieve them. …

#218: The Profound Upsides of Mortality | Nikki Mirghafori, PhD

December 18th, 2019


Nikki Mirghafori has been an Artificial Intelligence scientist for nearly three decades. She never intended to become a Buddhist teacher, but after establishing herself in her AI career, she devoted her time to …

#217: The World's a Mess, But Don't Freak Out | Norman Fischer

December 11th, 2019


Norman Fischer is a poet, writer, and Zen priest who has dedicated his life to studying, practicing and teaching Zen Buddhism. After graduating from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he moved to San Francisco to learn how to …

#216: How to Thrive Under Stress | Elizabeth Stanley, PhD

December 4th, 2019


Elizabeth Stanley has a long history of stress and trauma. In this episode she talks about the adversities she has suffered, which include a near death experience and losing her eyesight for extended periods of time …

#215: What's Your Motivation? Thubten Chodron

November 27th, 2019


Thubten Chodron was born in Chicago and grew up near Los Angeles. She felt her life's calling was to help others, so she became a teacher, landing …

#214: The Case for Devotion, Kittisaro and Thanissara

November 20th, 2019


Kittisaro graduated from Princeton as a Rhodes Scholar and went on to Oxford before going to Thailand to ordain with Ajahn Chah in 1976. He was a …

#213: Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel

November 13th, 2019


Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern …

#212: The Likeability Trap, Alicia Menendez

November 6th, 2019


Our guest this week is Alicia Menendez, an award-winning journalist, who finds herself in a common position for many women: caring way too much about …

#211: How to Make it in Hollywood (and everywhere else), Brian Grazer

October 30th, 2019


Brian Grazer is a Hollywood giant! He’s made more than 100 films including Splash, Apollo 13 and the best-picture-winning A Beautiful Mind. He tells …

#210: Meditation, Therapy, and "Murderous Rage", Dr. Susan Pollak

October 23rd, 2019


Dr. Susan Pollak found refuge in meditation at a young age, introduced to it by a family member. Describing herself as an anxious and neurotic kid, …

Bonus Meditation, Self-Compassion Break, Kristin Neff, PhD

October 19th, 2019


Self-compassion may not be your strong suit, but with this introductory training, you’ll develop more resilience, kindness, and ease in life.

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#209: Kryptonite for the Inner Critic, Self-Compassion Series, Kristin Neff, PhD

October 16th, 2019


Life can be challenging. It’s comforting to have kind, supportive people around you to help you through it. Dr. Kristin Neff believes it’s equally …

Bonus Meditation, See Yourself Compassionately, Jessica Morey

October 12th, 2019


Self-Compassion may not be your strong suit, but with this introductory training, you’ll develop more resilience, kindness and ease in life.

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#208: Doing Diversity Work Without Shame, Self-Compassion Series, Sydney Spears

October 9th, 2019


Dr. Sydney Spears is a professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and holds a PhD in Clinical Social Work from Smith College. As …

Bonus Meditation with Sharon Salzberg, Self-Compassion

October 5th, 2019


Bonus Meditation with Sharon Salzberg, Self-Compassion

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#207: A Radical Approach to Productivity, Self-Compassion Series, Jocelyn K. Glei

October 2nd, 2019


We are all guilty at times of taking on too much. Our guest this week, Jocelyn K. Glei, explains some of the benefits of taking a step back. She discusses the importance of slowing things down to prevent burnout and …

Bonus Meditation with Joseph Goldstein, Be Simple & Easy

September 28th, 2019


Life is already complicated enough. Meditation doesn’t have to be, if we learn to be simple and easy.

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#206: Finally... The Joseph Goldstein Episode

September 25th, 2019


One of the first American Vipassana teachers and the co-founder of Insight Meditation Society, Joseph Goldstein, is a highly recognized name to many …

#205: Living on Overtime, David C. Fajgenbaum

September 18th, 2019


David Fajgenbaum, a young, promising medical student, could not have imagined he would become a patient in the same hospital he was serving his …

#204: Love, Death, Tech and Psychedelics, Jack Kornfield, Meditation O.G.

September 11th, 2019


As far as meditation teachers go, they don't come more highly regarded than our guest this week, Jack Kornfield. Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught …

#203: Civility Pays, Christine Porath

September 4th, 2019


For Christine Porath, meditation was one way of coping with a toxic work environment. Her own experience, paired with watching her father suffer a …

#202: Can Meditation Prolong Your Life?, Dr. Peter Attia

August 28th, 2019


Peter Attia is the founder of Attia Medical, PC, a medical practice focusing on the applied science of longevity. In other words, his practice aims …

Bonus Meditation with Sharon Salzberg, Walking Meditation

August 24th, 2019


Bonus Meditation with Sharon Salzberg, Walking Meditation

#201: Doing "The Work," Byron Katie

August 21st, 2019


At 43 years old, Byron Katie was unhappily married, suffered from depression and agoraphobia and was addicted to codeine and alcohol. In fact, she …

#200: Sharon Salzberg, A Meditation Master Stares Down Death

August 14th, 2019


World-renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg recently faced a very serious health scare and a true test of her decades of practice. In this very candid conversation Sharon tells us what happened to her, how her …

#199: Patrick Dempsey, Meditation: The Secret to His Success

August 7th, 2019


Patrick Dempsey is not just a pretty face. Sure he's widely known for playing McDreamy, aka Dr. Derek Shepherd, on ABC’s Grey's Anatomy, but that hardly scratches the surface. A meditator since the 1980's, he's used …

#198: Meditation And Loss, Dean Valoras

July 31st, 2019


On March 19th of last year, Dean Valoras' life changed forever. That is the day he lost his teenage daughter Alexandra to suicide. Alexandra was an …

#197: Escape from Zombieland, Koshin Paley Ellison

July 24th, 2019


Human beings are wired for social connection. Sadly, thanks in large part to the internet, mobile phones and social media, we are seeing an increase …

#196: Stress Better, Modupe Akinola

July 17th, 2019


We all encounter stress, but what we sometimes overlook is that stress can be useful, it is, after all, built into us by evolution. Our guest this …

#195: Inveterate Fretter, Accidental Buddhist, Sylvia Boorstein

July 10th, 2019


If there was such a thing as a mind-ectomy or a mind transplant, our guest this week, Sylvia Boorstein, tells us she would have had it, confiding, "I …

#194: Atomic Habits, James Clear

July 3rd, 2019


An athlete as a kid, a devastating sports injury would change James Clear's life forever. While a sophomore in high school, a baseball bat struck …

#193: Enough-ness and the Hungry Ghost, Narayan Liebenson

June 26th, 2019


Most kids are not spending their time in solitude exploring the abilities of the mind. In that way, Narayan Liebenson was not like most kids. …

#192: The Art of Growing Up, Jerry Colonna

June 19th, 2019


Jerry Colonna is the CEO and co-founder of, an executive coaching and leadership development firm committed to the notion that better …

#191: Can Meditation Improve Politics? Chris Ruane and Jamie Bristow

June 12th, 2019


Chris Ruane has been a member of the British Parliament for more than 20 years. As a meditation and mindfulness practitioner, he wanted to share the …

#190: The Fundamental Mystery of the Mind, Annaka Harris

June 5th, 2019


As a child Annaka Harris suffered from migraines. Searching for ways to cope with that pain, she became curious - wondering "what is this pain" and "where is it coming from?" The line of questioning shifted her …

Bonus: Ten Percent Happier Talks “Just This,” Diana Winston

May 29th, 2019


Experiencing bliss is easy - so easy you might miss it.

#189: Type A Nun, Mindful Parenting, and Natural Awareness, Diana Winston

May 29th, 2019


Diana Winston first learned about meditation as a kid, but it wasn’t until she traveled to Asia following college that her practice really took off. …

#188: Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport

May 22nd, 2019


It’s hard to deny our society’s increasing dependence on, if not addiction to, email, apps and social media. If we recognize it as a problem, then how do we fix it? Cal Newport is a computer science professor at …

#187: Is Enlightenment Possible for Regular People, Daniel M. Ingram

May 15th, 2019


Daniel M. Ingram sparked controversy in the Buddhist world when he declared himself to be an arahat, the term commonly used for a person who has reached the final stage of enlightenment. In this week's episode, Ingram …

#186: The Importance of Dying Before You Die, Helen Tworkov

May 8th, 2019


Helen Tworkov first encountered Buddhism in Nepal during the 1960's and has studied in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. She has also studied with Mingyur Rinpoche, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist meditation master. …

#185: Brené Brown, Vulnerability: The Key to Courage

May 1st, 2019


Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and …

#184: The Zen Priest with an MBA, Marc Lesser

April 24th, 2019


At just 21 years old Marc Lesser took a year-long leave from his education to explore meditation. His one year leave would turn into 10 when he …

#183: Fighting Depression with Social Connection, Johann Hari

April 17th, 2019


Suffering from his own long battle with depression, social scientist and author Johann Hari yearned for a greater understanding of what caused it and what might help combat it. Hari set out on a journey to not only meet …

#182: Imposter Syndrome, Politics and Sensuality, Dr. Jay Michaelson

April 10th, 2019


Our guest this week, Jay Michaelson, wears many hats. He is the author of six books and over three hundred articles on religion, sexuality, law, and …

#181: Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Life After Suicide

April 3rd, 2019


With suicide being the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, the likelihood is that nearly every person in this country knows someone who has died by suicide. In just the last couple of weeks, we learned of …

#180: Dolly Chugh, How Good People Fight Bias

March 27th, 2019


We all have biases, and only by acknowledging them can we make a conscious decision to not act on them. That's one of the teachings of our guest this …

#179: Anuradha Bhagwati, Activism Against Military Sexual Assault

March 20th, 2019


Our guest this week, Anuradha Bhagwati, is a writer, activist, yoga and meditation teacher, and Marine Corps veteran. She founded the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), which brought national attention to sexual …

#178: Gretchen Rubin, Outer Order, Inner Calm

March 13th, 2019


Gretchen Rubin describes herself as a writer who relentlessly explores human nature to understand how we can make our lives better. Through her bestselling books and her award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen …

#177: Mirabai Bush, Conversations on Loving and Dying

March 6th, 2019


This week's guest, Mirabai Bush, has co-written a book with spiritual teacher Ram Dass entitled "Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying. In the book, and in our conversation, Bush explores how death …

#176: Arthur C. Brooks, Love Your Enemies

February 27th, 2019


Social scientist, author and podcast host Arthur C. Brooks believes America has developed a "culture of contempt." He feels we increasingly view …

#175: Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, The Mind of the Leader

February 20th, 2019


Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter from the Potential Project discuss their mission of enhancing performance for leaders and large organizations …

#174: Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, The New Right Stuff

February 13th, 2019


Having dreamed of space since she was a little girl, Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides wants to use the power of space to shift our perspectives, connect us with each other and our home planet and become the kind of species we …

#173: Sam Harris and Dan Harris Live Show

February 6th, 2019


Neuroscientist, philosopher, best-selling author and podcast host Sam Harris teams up with Dan this week for a special podcast recorded in front of a live audience. Dan and Sam discuss a variety of topics including what …

#172: Mark Epstein, Combining Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy

January 30th, 2019


If it were not for this week's guest, Dan Harris may never have found meditation. Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Dr. Epstein …

#171: Frank Ostaseski, What Death Can Teach Us About Living

January 23rd, 2019


Frank Ostaseski experienced death at a young age, losing his mother as a teenager and his father just a few years later. In his search for healing, …

#170: Ellen Hendriksen, Rising Above Social Anxiety

January 16th, 2019


You remember that old commercial where the guys says, "I'm not only the Hair Club President, but I’m also a client."? That's kind of how Ellen …

#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking

January 9th, 2019


Oliver Burkeman writes about social psychology, self-help culture, productivity, and the science of happiness in This Column Will Change Your Life …

#168: Jeff Warren, New Year, New You

January 2nd, 2019


With the new year upon us, it's the perfect time to help you make those resolutions stick. This week Dan Harris and his "Meditation for Fidgety …

#167: Ben Feder, Making Every Day a Sabbatical

December 26th, 2018


Ben Feder was the CEO of a tremendously successful company, but it was coming at great personal cost. Returning home from his worldwide business …

#166: Paula Faris, Journey of Faith

December 19th, 2018


You may know Paula Faris as the former co-host of ABC's The View or Dan's former co-anchor on ABC's Good Morning America weekend edition. What you …

#165: Oren Jay Sofer, Practicing Mindful Communication

December 12th, 2018


In every conversation we have, from mundane to serious, our personal motivations drive what we say. But most of the time we are not aware of what our personal motivations are and we can end up mindlessly saying …

#164: Ruth King, Being Mindful of Race

December 5th, 2018


For many years it was Ruth King's job to work with large corporations, making them aware of racial bias within their company and helping them rectify it through diversity training and leadership development programs. …

#163: Michael Gelb, Applying Genius Thinking

November 28th, 2018


Michael Gelb found his calling during a tumultuous time in American history. It was during the polarized 1970s Gelb decided he wanted to look for …

#162: Amos Lee, Reaching Out Through Music

November 21st, 2018


Musician Amos Lee started meditating in college as a way to cope with his mother's breast cancer diagnosis and his own Generalized Anxiety Disorder. …

#161: Matt Gutman, The Boys in the Cave

November 14th, 2018


ABC News Senior National Correspondent Matt Gutman is, unfortunately, no stranger to tragedy, both in his career as a journalist and his personal …

#158: Tal Rabinowitz, Forgoing Hollywood and Finding Meditation

October 24th, 2018


Tal Rabinowitz was a top executive at NBC, developing some of the network's high profile comedy programs, but after nearly 20 years in the business she was let go. And then, SHE let go. Rabinowitz found herself burned …

#157: Adam Grant, The Benefits of Generosity

October 17th, 2018


Kindness has a bad rap, often being viewed as a sign of weakness. But Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton's highest-rated professor, tells Dan Harris good guys don't have to finish last. In fact, …

#156: Shawn Achor, The Science Behind Gratitude

October 10th, 2018


While so much of science is dedicated to finding the causes and cures for depression, anxiety and stress, Shawn Achor studies the opposite. He is a happiness researcher. Achor looks at the science of happiness and uses …

#155: Strauss Zelnick, Becoming Ageless

October 3rd, 2018


At just 32 years old Strauss Zelnick became the president and chief operating officer of 20th Century Fox. He was young, successful and appeared to …

#154: Susan Piver, Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships

September 26th, 2018


Susan Piver was a tough girl. Like, crime-fighting, head of the Boston chapter of the Guardian Angels tough. After nearly being killed by a drunk driver, her path led her to yoga, meditation and Buddhism -- which, by …

#153: Brett Eldredge, Country Star Discusses His Vulnerability

September 19th, 2018


Platinum-selling country artist Brett Eldredge has the headlining tour, the sold-out venues, the number one hits and an Insta-famous dog named Edgar, …

#152: Scott Rogers, Embracing Your Adversary

September 12th, 2018


While working on a difficult case with some particularly difficult opposing council, Scott Rogers said he had a moment during a mindfulness sitting …

#151: Dan St. Germain, 'Takes a Village to Keep Me Going'

September 5th, 2018


Comedian and writer Dan St. Germain has earned laughs on "The Break with Michelle Wolf," "Superior Donuts," The White House Correspondents Dinner, …

#150: Mallika Chopra, Introducing Middle Schoolers to Meditation

August 29th, 2018


Mallika Chopra calls meditation "a great gift" to her life, not only because she said it causes a dramatically positive change in her father, Deepak Chopra, but also because it has helped her through her own parenting …

#149: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, 'Potential of Tsewa Is in Everyone'

August 22nd, 2018


Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose most recent book is "Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can …

#148: Thomas McConkie, The Mormon Meditator

August 15th, 2018


Having been raised in the Mormon faith, Thomas McConkie was feeling a little lost after he had a falling out with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his family and his faith-based community. When he …

#147: Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle Co-Founder

August 8th, 2018


After having two kids, Elizabeth Cutler had a friend suggest she try spin classes as a way to lose weight and less than a year later, she and her …

#146: Culture Abuse, Finding Peace in Punk Rock

August 1st, 2018


For a long time, Culture Abuse's 31-year-old frontman David Kelling didn't want to perform in public. As all five members of the San Francisco-based …

#145: Light Watkins, 'Simplify the Approach'

July 25th, 2018


"There was more snowstorms than meditators in Alabama when I was growing up," said Light Watkins, who started a career as a working model before switching gears to become a yoga teacher and then dove into the world of …

#144: Spring Washam, 'What Was Creating All This Suffering?'

July 18th, 2018


Spring Washam was on a meditation retreat when she felt herself falling apart, so much so that she picked up "the red phone," screamed out "HELP." …

#143: Scott Edelstein, When Spiritual Leaders 'Stray'

July 11th, 2018


Spiritual leaders often have great influence over their followers but there are times, author Scott Edelstein says, when some leaders will use their …

#142: Jeremy Richman, 'There Is Hope in Helping'

July 4th, 2018


Jeremy Richman remembers his daughter Avielle as a fun spirit with "this unbelievable smile that she would just give out to anybody," who was as …

#141: Alison Wright, World-Traveling Photographer

June 27th, 2018


Her body badly broken in a horrific bus crash in Laos, Alison Wright was still trying to breathe as she realized that she may not make it out alive. But not only did she survive, the award-winning National Geographic …

#140: Scott Norton, The Condiments Guy Who Meditates

June 20th, 2018


Since invading the condiments market with Sir Kensington's, a line of ketchup, mustard and other spreads, company co-founder Scott Norton said meditation has helped him slow down and have better self-assessment under …

#139: Diana Butler Bass, 100 Days of Gratitude

June 13th, 2018


Author and religion scholar Diana Butler Bass has tried on many forms of Christianity, from growing up Methodist to becoming an Evangelical Christian …

#138: Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Meditating While Having ADHD

June 6th, 2018


Stephanie Sarkis, an author and expert in ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder and chronic pain, brings a unique perspective to her work because she herself struggles with ADHD and anxiety. Working mostly …

#137: Roshi Joan Halifax, 'Turning Towards the Suffering'

May 30th, 2018


Roshi Joan Halifax came to New York City by way of New Orleans in the '60s with a thirst to engage in social justice, protesting "everything related to discrimination," she said, and the Vietnam War. Halifax, whose …

#136: Sally Kohn, 'We Need to Fix Hate'

May 23rd, 2018


It was around the time she decided to go on her second meditation retreat that Sally Kohn, a gay, Jewish, community organizer turned political …

#135: Paul Gilmartin, The Battles in Our Heads, Uncensored

May 16th, 2018


Comedian Paul Gilmartin was the host of TV's "Dinner and a Movie" for 16 years, but smiling and acting happy on-screen often "felt like lifting 500 …

#134: Thupten Jinpa, The Importance of Compassion - LIVE!

May 9th, 2018


Dan Harris leads a conversation with Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama's longtime English-language translator and a monk for over 25 years, about the …

#133: Catherine Price, Redefining Your Relationship with Your Phone

May 2nd, 2018


It was an "out of body moment," Catherine Price said, when she realized her newborn daughter had been looking up at her but she had been looking down …

#132: George Haas, Regulating the 'Fear Mind'

April 25th, 2018


George Haas has worked as a filmmaker, an artist, a doorman at "every major nightclub in New York City" in the '80s, and now he's a meditation teacher in Los Angeles, but even his meditation journey has many turns. …

#131: Ezra Klein, How We Interact with Politics Matters

April 18th, 2018


Vox's editor-at-large and journalist Ezra Klein, formerly of The Washington Post, has made a name for himself as a political commentator, finding …

#130: Janice Marturano, How to Be a Better Boss

April 11th, 2018


Janice Marturano was a vice president at General Mills working on the Pillsbury merger deal in 2000 when she lost both her parents, and began a …

#129: Daniel Pink, 'When' Can Make a Big Difference

April 4th, 2018


"All of us in our lives make decisions about when to do things. 'When should I work out? When should I do this kind of work, when should I do that …

#128: Andrea Petersen, Untangling from Anxiety

March 28th, 2018


When author and Wall Street Journal reporter Andrea Petersen was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at age 20, she was relieved to finally have a …

#127: Lewis Howes, Former Pro-Athlete on Removing 'Mask of Masculinity'

March 21st, 2018


As a former pro-football player and two sport All-American, world-record holding athlete, Lewis Howes built his life around being the tough, "get …

#126: Hansa Bergwall, Reminding Us That We Die So That We Live

March 14th, 2018


The WeCroak app, which sends reminders that you're going to die -- five times a day, is not meant to be morbid, founder Hansa Bergwall said, but to make us stop and appreciate the moment we're living in. "Remembering …

#125: Lt. Col. Jannell MacAulay, Teaching 'Mental Push-ups' in US Air Force

March 7th, 2018


Dr. Jannell MacAulay, a lieutenant colonel and flight instructor in the United States Air Force with over 3,000 flying hours as a combat veteran, …

#124: Rhonda Magee, Law Professor Using Mindfulness to Defeat Bias

February 28th, 2018


"Part of what I have decided for myself - it's a decision - I don't want to be part of the pain, creating more pain in the world, for myself or for others," said Rhonda Magee, a law professor at University of San …

#123: Brad Katsuyama, Wall Street Reformer

February 21st, 2018


Brad Katsuyama's blood pressure levels were "out of control" and he decided to make a significant change in his life. The Canada native left his job …

#122: Bob Roth, Meditation Teacher to the Stars

February 14th, 2018


Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and David Letterman are just some of the dozens of celebrities who sought out Bob Roth to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM), a mantra-focused meditation practice. Roth, who has been a …

#121: Susan Kaiser Greenland and Annaka Harris, Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

February 7th, 2018


Susan Kaiser Greenland, an author and former corporate attorney, and Annaka Harris, an author and editor, work together to teach mindfulness …

#120: Tim Ferriss, Host of 'The Tim Ferriss Show,' Author

January 31st, 2018


Tim Ferriss, the host of "The Tim Ferriss Show" podcast and the author of several best-selling books, including "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," has built an entire empire around offering life-hacking …

#119: Yael Shy, Helping College Students Fight Stress and FOMO

January 24th, 2018


Yael Shy, the author of "What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond," says she came to meditation from "a lot of suffering" as a student at New York University in 2001 -- the same year the World Trade Center …

#118: Danica Patrick, Racing Superstar

January 17th, 2018


Danica Patrick is one of the most successful female drivers in racing history, having been the first and only woman to win an IndyCar race. Since …

#117: James Altucher, Master of Reinvention

January 10th, 2018


James Altucher, an entrepreneur, writer and host of "The James Altucher Show" podcast, is a master of reinvention, so much in fact that the title of one of his 18 books is "Reinvent Yourself." Altucher has built and …

#116: Manoush Zomorodi, Host of 'Note to Self' Podcast

January 3rd, 2018


Manoush Zomorodi, the host of WNYC's "Note to Self" podcast, is an advocate for boredom because allowing our minds to wander, she says, can lead to …

#115: Your Meditation Questions, Answered!

December 27th, 2017


We close out the year by hearing from you, our loyal listeners! We recently set up a voicemail where listeners left questions for our host Dan Harris and he answers a selection of them that range from how to start a …

#114: Dr. Bianca Harris

December 20th, 2017


Dan interviews his wife, Bianca Harris, who is a big part of the storyline in his new book, "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book." She resisted starting a meditation practice for years, but has …

#113: Jeff Warren, After the '10% Happier' Road Trip

December 13th, 2017


Meditation teacher and writer Jeff Warren and our host Dan Harris reflect on their January 2017 road trip, in which they traveled from New York City to Los Angeles to talk with people about what keeps them from …

#112: Dr. David Vago, This Is Your Brain on Meditation

December 6th, 2017


There has been an explosion of research in recent years on what meditation does to the brain, but as neuroscientist Dave Vago points out, the science of putting meditation under neuro-imaging is still quite young. Vago, …

#111: Ginger Zee, ABC News Chief Meteorologist (Bonus!)

December 1st, 2017


On "Good Morning America," Ginger Zee is known as ABC News' bright, always-smiling chief meteorologist, but now she is sharing that, in reality, she …

#110: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, 'The Lost Art of Good Conversation'

November 29th, 2017


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International, has a new book out called, "The Lost Art of Good …

Guided Meditation: 'A Reflection On the Important Things' by The Minimalists

November 23rd, 2017


With the holidays (and shopping season) upon us, we asked our friends The Minimalists (Ep. #32) for a short meditation to help us focus on what's …

#109: Bonnie St. John, Former Olympic Skier, Motivational Speaker

November 22nd, 2017


Author, motivational speaker and former pro-skier Bonnie St. John had her right leg amputated at age 5, but that has never slowed her down. The San Diego native made a Paralympics run in 1984 and became the first …

#108: Charles Raison & Vladimir Maletic, Tackling Depression with a Mind-Body Approach

November 15th, 2017


Chuck Raison, a psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and Vlad …

#107: Andrew Scheffer, The Wharton Monk

November 8th, 2017


Andrew Scheffer's decision to try meditation after his freshman year of college launched him on a journey where he traveled the world, spent over a …

#106: Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund Co-Founder

November 1st, 2017


Growing up in a post-9/11 Pakistan, Shiza Shahid had what she called an "activist childhood," where she volunteered in prisons, refugee camps and …

#105: Leslie Booker, Activism and the Dharma

October 25th, 2017


Leslie Booker was working as a wardrobe stylist, dressing models for a living, and was looking for a way to transition out of the industry and her winding path -- she lives a nomadic lifestyle -- eventually brought her …

#104: Adam Levin, X Ambassadors Drummer

October 18th, 2017


As the X Ambassadors' fame grew, drummer Adam Levin noticed he was always waiting for something to go wrong. With more success, came more anxiety, "and that's not a fun way to live," he said. Levin talks about how the …

#103: Sally Quinn, Walking the Labyrinth

October 11th, 2017


When author and journalist Sally Quinn needs a moment of peace or clarity, she said, "I walk the labyrinth." A labyrinth walk has long represented a journey or pilgrimage and Quinn uses it for walking meditation -- her …

#102: Anderson Cooper, CNN Anchor

October 4th, 2017


Anderson Cooper, a 23-year news veteran, is the anchor of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" and a contributor to CBS News' "60 Minutes." His reporting for …

#101: Nicholas Hoult & Danny Strong, 'Rebel in the Rye'

September 27th, 2017


The new biopic about reclusive author J.D. Salinger explores his formative years, from struggling writer, to serving in World War II, to publishing his famous and controversial 1951 novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," to …

#100: Tom Bergeron, 'Dancing With the Stars' Host

September 20th, 2017


On a live show, anything can happen, but Tom Bergeron trusts he can handle it. The host of ABC's hit dancing competition show, "Dancing With the Stars," has been meditating for over 35 years and credits his years of TM …

#99: Gretchen Rubin, 'The Four Tendencies'

September 13th, 2017


In her new book, "The Four Tendencies," best-selling author and speaker Gretchen Rubin breaks down what she denotes as four different personality …

#98: Daniel Goleman, Dr. Richard Davidson, 'Altered Traits' (Bonus!)

September 8th, 2017


Dan Goleman and Richie Davidson, both titans in their respective fields and best-selling authors, have co-written a new book out now entitled, …

#97: Justin von Bujdoss, Buddhist Chaplain at Rikers Island

September 6th, 2017


Justin von Bujdoss was working as a hospice chaplain in New York City, traveling all over the five boroughs and greater metropolitan area to visit …

#96: Jaimal Yogis, A Surfer's Quest for Zen

August 30th, 2017


Being out on a surfboard, when it's just you and the ocean, is "a meditative space," Jaimal Yogis said, "There's a certain amount of solitude that's …

#95: Robert Wright, 'Why Buddhism is True' (Bonus!)

August 25th, 2017


"Progress on the meditation path tends to involve moral progress. You tend to become a better person as well as a happier person... I personally …

#94: LeAnn Rimes, Grammy-Winning Artist

August 23rd, 2017


LeAnn Rimes has been making a name for herself and her powerful voice since her early teens -- she's the youngest person ever to win a Grammy -- and …

#93: Ethan Nichtern, 'The Dharma of The Princess Bride'

August 16th, 2017


"I don’t claim that ['The Princess Bride'] is a Buddhist story, but I do think it has some Buddhist elements," Ethan Nichtern said. "It's a deconstructed fairytale that's... really about trying to navigate relationships …

#92: Moby and Google's Bill Duane at Wanderlust Hollywood (Live!)

August 9th, 2017


In the final installment from the "10% Happier" road trip, Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren ended their cross-country tour at a …

#91: Anurag Gupta, Attorney 'Hacking' Unconscious Bias

August 2nd, 2017


Anurag Gupta, who immigrated to the U.S. from India at age 10, has devoted much of his adult life to helping reduce racial inequality and transform …

#90: Rich Roll, Vegan Ultra-Endurance Athlete

July 26th, 2017


Shortly before his 40th birthday, Rich Roll was walking up a flight of stairs when he suddenly felt like he was about to have a heart attack. That …

#89: Lt. Richard Goerling, Mindfulness in Police Work

July 19th, 2017


At a time when there have been controversial police shootings of unarmed civilians and many officers risking their lives to protect their communities …

Guided Meditation: Getting Out Of Your Head in an Age of Polarization

July 17th, 2017


It's easy to become addicted to the constant stream of information coming at us from the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and our own desire to be informed. Led by Sebene Selassie (Podcast Ep. #42), this meditation …

#88: Virginia Heffernan: Writer, 'Trumpcast' Podcast Co-Host

July 12th, 2017


Virginia Heffernan, who has written for several major publications including as a television and Internet culture columnist for the New York Times, …

#87: Rep. Tim Ryan, Teaching Congress to Meditate

July 5th, 2017


In another installment from the "10% Happier" road trip, Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren sat down with Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, at the …

#86: Gary Vaynerchuk, Media Industry Leader

June 28th, 2017


VanyerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk got his start as "the wine guy" when he launched one of the first wine e-commerce websites in the U.S. He began making a wine video blog as YouTube was coming up and went on to build an …

#85: Mark Coleman, Meditating in the Great Outdoors

June 21st, 2017


Renowned mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman, founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, has led wilderness meditation retreats from …

#84: James Gimian, Mindful Magazine Publisher

June 14th, 2017


James Gimian, who has been in publishing since the '70s, started covering the emerging mindfulness movement for a small magazine years ago when he …

#83: Josh Groban, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Actor (Bonus!)

June 9th, 2017


This a special pre-Tony Awards episode of the podcast with multi-platinum recording artist and actor Josh Groban, who is nominated for best lead …

#82: Cory Muscara, Mindfulness Teacher, Former Monk

June 7th, 2017


Cory Muscara, 27 years old, admits he first tried meditation because he wanted to impress his college girlfriend -- but it changed his life forever. …

Guided Meditation: Remembering Your Goodness (Bonus!)

June 5th, 2017


In conjunction with Sharon Salzberg's new book, "Real Love," the folks at the 10% Happier app recorded a series of six audio meditations that can be …

#81: Sharon Salzberg, 'Real Love'

May 31st, 2017


"I think people do things motivated by love, certainly more strongly sometimes, and more successfully, than when motivated by hate... I think love is …

#80: Bellamy Young, TV's "Scandal" Star

May 26th, 2017


ALERT: This episode contains "Scandal" spoilers! Bellamy Young, best known for playing Mellie Grant on ABC's hit show, "Scandal," said making meditation part of her daily routine has helped improve her sleep and process …

#79: Willoughby Britton, Jared Lindahl -- Does Meditation Have a Dark Side?

May 24th, 2017


Many of us get into meditation because we want to be calmer, less stressed and less yanked around by our emotions, but sometimes there are unwanted effects. Brown University researchers Willoughby Britton, an assistant …

#78: Lodro Rinzler, Meditation for the Heartbroken

May 17th, 2017


Buddhist meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler, who had been meditating for most of his life, found himself dealing with multiple, heartbreaking …

#77: Jen Kirkman, Comedian, Author

May 10th, 2017


Stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman was introduced to meditation at a young age and over the years has tried a bunch of different outlets, from 'body scan' practice to mantra to meditation classes, to help her deal with panic …

#76: Jeffrey Walker, Former JPMorgan Exec, Philanthropist (Bonus!)

May 5th, 2017


Jeffrey Walker served 25 years as the CEO and cofounder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co's global private equity group, the vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase & …

#75: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

May 3rd, 2017


Jon Kabat-Zinn was on a meditation retreat in the late '70s when he had an idea to marry science with mindfulness and bring the practice into …

Guided Meditation: Jon Kabat-Zinn (Bonus!)

May 3rd, 2017


Want to give meditation a try? Here's a great place to start. It's a free, guided meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of mindfulness-based …

#74: Russell Simmons, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Author and Activist

April 26th, 2017


Def Jam music label founder Russell Simmons had his first experience with stillness at a yoga class -- which he admits he took because girls were there. “I went to class because of a lot of hot chicks. It's true,” …

#73: David Leite, Food Writer, Memoirist (LIVE!)

April 19th, 2017


In a special edition of the "10% Happier" podcast, Dan Harris leads a discussion with David Leite, author of "Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression," in front of a live audience in New York …

Guided Meditation: Thoughts Are Not Solid (Bonus!)

April 17th, 2017


Life is always changing, and so are our thoughts.  In this free guided meditation, Anushka helps us become aware of our ever-changing thoughts, and …

#72: Daniel Goleman, Diving into 'Emotional Intelligence' (Bonus Episode!)

April 14th, 2017


"The human central nervous system and brain is designed the same around the world... and there probably is a lot of spontaneous rediscovery in …

#71: Sam Harris, 'Waking Up' Podcast Host, Neuroscientist

April 12th, 2017


Sam Harris, who has no relation to our beloved host, is a scientist, a controversial skeptic and the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including "The End of Faith," "The Moral Landscape" and "Waking Up" …

#70: Clair Brown, Economist, Author of 'Buddhist Economics'

April 5th, 2017


Clair Brown, an economics professor at UC-Berkeley and a Tibetan Buddhist, was teaching an introductory course when she asked herself, "How would …

#69: Jewel, Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Actress (Bonus!)

March 31st, 2017


Jewel, whose poetic songs about relationships and heartache dominated the airwaves in the '90s, used writing as an outlet to deal with anxiety through a tough childhood and later, homelessness. She began looking for …

#68: Jerry Colonna, 'CEO Whisperer' and Founder

March 29th, 2017


Jerry Colonna was working as a venture capitalist in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and as he walked by wreckage of the World Trade …

#67: Colin Beavan, the 'No Impact Man'

March 22nd, 2017


In his famous book and documentary film project, "No Impact Man," Colin Beavan, a senior Dharma teacher in the Zen tradition, chronicled a year of …

#66: Profs. Holly Richardson & Matt Jarman, Virginia Military Institute

March 15th, 2017


Virginia Military Institute, a military college in Lexington, Virginia, was another stop on the cross-country meditation tour, where our host Dan …

Guided Meditation: Coming to Center (Bonus!)

March 13th, 2017


Here's a meditation from one of Dan's favorite teachers on the planet, Jeff Warren. In this simple practice, Jeff guides us in using the center-line of the body as an object of focus. The goal is to inch closer to that …

#65: Sylvia Moir, Tempe, Arizona, Police Chief

March 8th, 2017


During their cross-county meditation bus tour in January, our host Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren stopped in Tempe, Arizona, to talk …

#64: Shinzen Young, Meditation Teacher

March 1st, 2017


Shinzen Young first became fascinated with Asian culture as a Jewish teenager growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Now a renowned meditation …

Guided Meditation: Shinzen Young (Bonus!)

March 1st, 2017


Want to give meditation a try? Here's a great place to start. It's a free, guided meditation from Buddhist scholar and meditation teacher Shinzen …

#63: Billy Crudup, 'Jackie,' '20th Century Women' Actor (Oscars Bonus Episode!)

February 24th, 2017


We're offering a special pre-Oscars edition of the podcast this week with actor Billy Crudup. Best known for his role as 70s rock star Russell …

#62: Hannah Hart, Creator of YouTube's 'My Drunk Kitchen'

February 22nd, 2017


Hannah Hart is best known for her bubbly personality and boozy cooking mishaps on her mega-popular YouTube series, "My Drunk Kitchen," so many fans …

#61: Dr. Judson Brewer, Using Mindfulness to Beat Addiction

February 15th, 2017


Psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer was researching better treatment options for alcohol and cocaine addiction patients and found, …

#60: Matthieu Ricard, French Monk and 'World's Happiest Man'

February 8th, 2017


Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, who is originally from France, earned the moniker "world's happiest man" after brain scans taken during a …

#59: Mary Karr, Best-Selling Poet and Master Memoirist

February 1st, 2017


Mary Karr has shared many dark pieces of her past in her memoirs, from a painful childhood, to a long struggle with alcoholism and depression, to …

#58: Elvis Duran, Morning Radio Show Star

January 25th, 2017


The host of the mega-popular Top 40 radio show, "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," has never shied away from dishing out "real talk" to his millions …

#57: Jeff Warren & the '10% Happier' Road Trip! (Bonus Episode!)

January 20th, 2017


Canada native Jeff Warren was a "chronic over-thinker" who got into meditation sort of by accident while working as a science journalist and now he's an established meditation teacher. Warren and our host Dan Harris are …

Guided Meditation: Inauguration + Working with Strong Emotions

January 19th, 2017


The recent election has elicited strong emotions from people across the political spectrum. In this guided meditation from Dan's "10% Happier" app, …

#56: George Stephanopoulos, ABC News Chief Anchor

January 18th, 2017


George Stephanopoulos, the co-anchor of "Good Morning America" and the host of ABC News' Sunday morning political affairs show, "This Week," first …

#55: Soren Gordhamer, Being Mindful in Silicon Valley

January 11th, 2017


Soren Gordhamer is the founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 conference, which is lauded as one of the largest gatherings of meditators in the world, but it also has been the target of controversy. Raised in Lubbock, …

#54: Vince Horn, Buddhist Geek on Struggling with Nirvana

January 4th, 2017


Vince Horn, the co-founder of Buddhist Geeks, says when he reached nirvana, he found it "disappointing" and "anti-climactic," which set him on a new journey to map his experience. A practicing meditation teacher from …

#53: Josh Radnor, "How I Met Your Mother" Star Back in Theater

December 28th, 2016


Josh Radnor, best known for playing Ted Mosby on TV's "How I Met Your Mother," started practicing meditation over a decade ago after he went through a break-up and never really stopped. Radnor's career extends beyond TV …

#52: Andrew Olendzki, Teaching Old-School Buddhism

December 21st, 2016


Andrew Olendzki is a Buddhist scholar of the Pali canon, the original, authentic teachings of the Buddha that have been passed down for centuries. He …

#51: Handling Holiday Stress (Bonus Episode!)

December 19th, 2016


From the pressures of buying and receiving gifts to surviving awkward office parties, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. On a special …

Guided Meditation - Holiday Stress: 'SURF the Urge'

December 19th, 2016


We all have urges that are hard to resist this time of year. Dan's got a little tool for you to SURF these urges without reacting to them during the …

#50: Joe DiNardo, Grief and Meditation

December 14th, 2016


Joe DiNardo, a businessman and attorney from Buffalo, New York, was married to his wife Marcia for 15 years when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. DiNardo used to his years of meditation practice to …

#49: Robert Thurman, Renowned Buddhist Scholar

December 7th, 2016


Bob Thurman, the father of actress Uma Thurman, was one of the first Americans to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He later gave up his robes …

#48: John Mulaney, Comedian Turned Broadway Star

November 30th, 2016


John Mulaney, known for his stand-up comedy and his work on "Saturday Night Live," first turned to meditation while filming a short-lived sitcom that …

#47: Jessica Morey, Teaching Meditation to Teenagers

November 23rd, 2016


Jessica Morey has turned what some may see as the impossible -- teaching teenagers how to meditate -- into her life's work. Morey, who attended her first meditation retreat at age 14, is the co-founder and current …

#46: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Renowned Indian Yogi and Mystic

November 16th, 2016


Born and raised in India, Sadhguru says he spent his childhood and adolescence as a "super skeptic" who didn’t grow up "with anything spiritual or …

#45: Colin O'Brady, Pro-Endurance Athlete

November 9th, 2016


Fewer than 50 people have accomplished the Explorer's Grand Slam, a challenge of summiting the highest peaks on each of the seven continents and …

#44: Duncan Sheik, '90s Rocker Turned Broadway Composer

November 2nd, 2016


Duncan Sheik first made a name for himself in the mid-90s with the hit song, "Barely Breathing," and has since reinvented himself as a Broadway composer. He won two Tonys and a Grammy Award for music he composed for the …

Guided Meditation: Election Stress (Powers of Ten)

November 1st, 2016


This election has been brutal on the American psyche (on both sides of the aisle). In this meditation from Dan's "10% Happier" app, Jeff Warren leads us in a guided practice to gain perspective and find a bit of …

Guided Meditation: 'Driving'

October 28th, 2016


It can be tough to carve out time for meditation. That's why we recruited Alexis Santos to teach us how to apply mindfulness 'On The Go.' In this …

#43: Judge Jeremy Fogel, Using Mindfulness on the Bench

October 26th, 2016


About 20 years ago, Judge Jeremy Fogel was serving as a superior court judge in California. But when he felt that it was causing him a lot of stress, he started looking for a way to center himself, and found meditation …

#42: Sebene Selassie, A Life of Service While Fighting Breast Cancer

October 19th, 2016


Sebene Selassie's career has taken her all over the world. An Ethiopian immigrant, Selassie grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. Her father left her family in the '70s to go back to Ethiopia and became a guerrilla …

#41: Robin Roberts, "GMA" Anchor, Cancer Survivor (Bonus Episode!)

October 17th, 2016


"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts has more than 30 years of experience in the radio and television business and said it was her "GMA" …

#40: Election Stress Special (Bonus Episode!)

October 16th, 2016


In the midst of what some are calling the ugliest election ever, millions of Americans say they're feeling more stressed, anxious and just plain exhausted from it. One therapist even coined a term for this: "election …

#39: Jason Stirman, Ex-Twitter, Medium Exec Turned App Entrepreneur

October 12th, 2016


Jason Stirman went to his first meditation class when he was working at Twitter. An early employee there, he eventually quit Twitter with founder Ev …

#38: Eileen Fisher, Fashion Icon

October 5th, 2016


Eileen Fisher weaves mindfulness and social consciousness throughout her multimillion-dollar clothing company and in her personal life. After being …

#37: Tony Wright, Exonerated After 25 Years (Bonus Episode!)

October 4th, 2016


Tony Wright spent 25 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. This past August, a Philadelphia jury acquitted Wright of the 1991 rape and murder of an elderly woman after his lawyers, including two from Innocence …

#36: Spring Washam, Meditation and Dharma Teacher

September 28th, 2016


Spring Washam was selling timeshares and struggling with depression when she decided to embark on a journey to work on her mind. After looking into …

#35: Alan Cumming, Actor, Author, Activist

September 21st, 2016


Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor on the Broadway stage and on-screen, a New York Times best-selling author, director, comedian and activist. …

#34: Elizabeth Vargas, ABC News Anchor

September 14th, 2016


Elizabeth Vargas has been known throughout her 30-year career for her strong reporting around the world, her tough interviews and her steadiness during breaking news coverage. But now for the first time, Vargas reveals …

Guided Meditation: 'The Training Ground'

September 9th, 2016


Want to give meditation a try? This is a great place to start. Meditation can seem simple, even trivial. But the mental muscle we exercise in beginning again (and again, and again) is an excellent training ground for …

#33: Chef Eric Ripert

September 7th, 2016


Chef Eric Ripert, of the famed Le Bernardin in New York City, is one of the world's best chefs, an Emmy-winning cooking show host and a cookbook author. But while Ripert was building a name for himself in the heat and …

#32: The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

August 31st, 2016


Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have been through a lot together. They grew up together in Dayton, Ohio, both in families that struggled to make ends meet. They went on to climb the corporate ladder together …

#31: Dr. Michael Gervais, Sports Psychologist

August 24th, 2016


Mike Gervais is a high-performance sports psychologist who works with athletes, most famously as the mindfulness coach for the Seattle Seahawks, on …

#30: Jesse Israel

August 17th, 2016


A few years ago, Jesse Israel was a sophomore film student who had just signed an up-and-coming college band to a record label he co-founded out of …

#29: Dr. Richard Davidson

August 10th, 2016


Dr. Richie Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, has been meditating for over 40 years. But it was the Dalai Lama himself who convinced Davidson …

#28: Oren J. Sofer

August 3rd, 2016


Oren J. Sofer, a former child actor turned longtime meditation teacher, was a 19-year-old college student in New York City when he said he felt …

#27: Mingyur Rinpoche

July 27th, 2016


Mingyur Rinpoche, the author of "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness," is a study of contradictions. On one hand, he's been formally recognized as the reincarnation of two Tibetan meditation …

#26: Dan Ryckert

July 20th, 2016


Dan Ryckert works in an industry where you wouldn't imagine there would be a whole lot of meditation: Video games. Ryckert is a senior editor at the …

#25: Claire Hoffman

July 13th, 2016


Author and journalist Claire Hoffman has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since she was 3 years old. When she was 5, she and her family …

#24: Dr. Amishi Jha & Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt

July 6th, 2016


Dr. Amishi Jha, a neuroscientist and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami, and Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt of the U.S. Army …

#23: Mario Batali

June 29th, 2016


World-renowned chef Mario Batali has 28 restaurants, 10 cookbooks, a daytime cooking show, a food emporium in New York City, and now plans for a food theme park. He also -- somehow -- finds time to keep a daily …

#22: Dr. Mark Epstein

June 22nd, 2016


Buddhist psychiatrist and author Dr. Mark Epstein has for years written about the overlap between Western psychotherapy and Eastern Buddhist philosophies. Epstein sat down with Dan Harris to talk about the impact …

#21: Arianna Huffington

June 15th, 2016

Arianna Huffington has a multimillion-dollar media website that reacts to world events by the millisecond, she's a mother of two -- and yet she says …

Guided Meditation: 'Dictators of the Mind'

June 13th, 2016

Want to give meditation a try? Here's a great place to start.

When left unchecked, our thoughts exert enormous influence over our lives. But when we become aware of them, we realize that they are little more than …

#20: Adam Shankman

June 8th, 2016

Acclaimed movie producer and director Adam Shankman is best known for his upbeat, family-friendly movies, including "Hairspray," "A Walk to Remember" and "The Pacifier," but behind the scenes, Shankman says he spent …

#19: Emma Seppala

June 5th, 2016


Success and happiness: Can you have one without the other? Many may assume that these two things are at cross purposes but Emma Seppala, the science director of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism …

#18: Chade-Meng Tan

June 1st, 2016


Chade-Meng Tan was employee No. 107 at Google. But the software engineer's career took a turn when he began teaching meditation to the company's …

#17: Chodo and Koshin

May 25th, 2016


Thinking about death can be supremely difficult. Many of us try not to think about it at all – until we have no choice. But two Zen Buddhist monks …

#16: Ali Smith

May 18th, 2016


Ali Smith goes into some of the toughest neighborhoods in one of the toughest cities in America, and teaches yoga and meditation to troubled and …

#15: Gretchen Rubin (Our Long-Lost Pilot Episode)

May 13th, 2016


In our pilot episode, which we recorded back in January before we moved into a fancy radio studio and had any clue what we were doing (this part hasn't changed much), Dan invited author and speaker Gretchen Rubin over …

#14: RuPaul

May 12th, 2016


When he was 28 years old, RuPaul Andre Charles found himself broke and living on his little sister's couch in Los Angeles. "It was a really, really, …

#13: Steve Armstrong

May 11th, 2016


Enlightenment (or, more specifically, exactly how one gets enlightened) has become a somewhat taboo subject. For years, American meditation teachers have largely avoided discussing what's known as "the progress of …

#12: Thupten Jinpa

May 4th, 2016


Thupten Jinpa may be best known for being the Dalai Lama's longtime English-language translator. But now Jinpa is working to get his own message across. In his new book, "A Fearless Heart," Jinpa touches on the course …

Guided Meditation: 'Struggle as Feedback'

April 29th, 2016


Want to give meditation a try? This is a great place to start. If you're struggling, it means something is going on that you're not accepting. The struggle is the feedback. Instead of pushing through, ask yourself "What …

#11: Lama Tsomo

April 27th, 2016


Lama Tsomo is one of the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist lama, or spiritual teacher. Born Linda Pritzker, she is part of the family that built the Hyatt hotel chain. But Lama Tsomo embarked on …

#10: Leigh Brasington

April 22nd, 2016


Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation for decades and is one of the most prominent American teachers of Jhana meditation. The Jhanas are a set of altered states of consciousness associated with profound …

#9: Margot Bingham

April 20th, 2016


Actress and singer-songwriter Margot Bingham has moved from playing the role of jazz singer Daughter Maitland in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" to a …

#8: Sharon Salzberg

April 13th, 2016


A towering figure in the meditation world, Sharon Salzberg is part of a small group of people who helped bring meditation over from Asia to the United States. Growing up in New York City, Salzberg had a traumatic …

#7: George Mumford

April 6th, 2016


George Mumford has taught mindfulness and meditation to some of the greatest athletes of all time: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, …

Guided Meditation: 'Simply Begin Again'

April 1st, 2016


The three most important words for a beginning meditator may be, "Simply Begin Again." This short episode is a bit different. It's a guided meditation from the 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics app, featuring …

#6: David Gelles

March 30th, 2016


The author of "Mindful Work," New York Times reporter David Gelles is a self-described "sporadic meditator." During the day, Gelles says he uses …

#5: Amy Cuddy

March 27th, 2016


Amy Cuddy has created a bonafide sensation in the world of happiness and well-being. A social psychologist at Harvard Business School and a New York …

#4: Dr. Jay Michaelson

March 23rd, 2016


Dr. Jay Michaelson is a lawyer, a rabbi, a legal/religion columnist for The Daily Beast, an LGBT activist, a professor, and an author of six books. …

#3: Brian Koppelman

March 18th, 2016


The filmmaker and co-creator of the TV show "Billions" talks about his practice of Transcendental Meditation.

#2: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo

March 11th, 2016


Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has been writing and singing hit songs for more than two decades. But this Grammy-winning rocker, whose lyrics about relationships, promiscuity and drug use helped Weezer become what some …

#1: Dalai Lama

March 11th, 2016


How can you live a happier life? In our debut episode, Dan Harris sits down with the Dalai Lama and Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist and founder of …

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