10% Happier with Dan Harris

10% Happier with Dan Harris

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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, “10% Happier,” started an app — “10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” — and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there’s anything beyond 10%. Basically, here’s what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)? New episodes every Wednesday morning.
#174: Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, The New Right Stuff
Feb 13 • 62 min
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 would be proud to send to the…
#173: Sam Harris and Dan Harris Live Show
Feb 6 • 76 min
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 meditation is and what it isn’t,…
#172: Mark Epstein, Combining Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy
Jan 30 • 69 min
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 discovered Buddhism at a young age…
#171: Frank Ostaseski, What Death Can Teach Us About Living
Jan 23 • 86 min
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, he found meditation. With this as his foundation, Ostaseski would go on to become a pioneer in end-of-life…
#170: Ellen Hendriksen, Rising Above Social Anxiety
Jan 16 • 64 min
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 Hendriksen sees herself. She’s a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their…
#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking
Jan 9 • 74 min
Oliver Burkeman writes about social psychology, self-help culture, productivity, and the science of happiness in This Column Will Change Your Life for The Guardian. In his writings, he challenges “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and in fact argues for…
#168: Jeff Warren, New Year, New You
Jan 2 • 75 min
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 Skeptics” co-author, meditation instructor Jeff Warren, listen to and answer your questions about how to begin…
#167: Ben Feder, Making Every Day a Sabbatical
Dec 26, 2018 • 48 min
Ben Feder was the CEO of a tremendously successful company, but it was coming at great personal cost. Returning home from his worldwide business travels, he greeted his family, only to realize how disconnected he felt from them. For years he had…
#166: Paula Faris, Journey of Faith
Dec 19, 2018 • 74 min
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 don’t know is why she decided to leave these TWO dream jobs, and the role that meditation and her faith…
#165: Oren Jay Sofer, Practicing Mindful Communication
Dec 12, 2018 • 71 min
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 something that causes conflict with someone…
#164: Ruth King, Being Mindful of Race
Dec 5, 2018 • 86 min
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. Over time, for a variety of reasons,…
#163: Michael Gelb, Applying Genius Thinking
Nov 28, 2018 • 73 min
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 ways to help people clearly think through and debate real issues. He found meditation to be a good starting…
#162: Amos Lee, Reaching Out Through Music
Nov 21, 2018 • 55 min
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. For two years, he was going on retreats and meditating two hours a day. Lee knows what it’s like to face…
#161: Matt Gutman, The Boys in the Cave
Nov 14, 2018 • 63 min
ABC News Senior National Correspondent Matt Gutman is, unfortunately, no stranger to tragedy, both in his career as a journalist and his personal life. He learned the practice of meditation at just 12 years old, mere months before his father would be…
#160: Jordan Harbinger, Networking and Relationship Development
Nov 7, 2018 • 64 min
#159: Judson Brewer, Unwinding Anxiety
Oct 31, 2018 • 52 min
#158: Tal Rabinowitz, Forgoing Hollywood and Finding Meditation
Oct 24, 2018 • 56 min
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 out and ready to take her career in a…
#157: Adam Grant, The Benefits of Generosity
Oct 17, 2018 • 74 min
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, Givers, those willing to help others, are…
#156: Shawn Achor, The Science Behind Gratitude
Oct 10, 2018 • 76 min
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 research-based techniques to make us…
#155: Strauss Zelnick, Becoming Ageless
Oct 3, 2018 • 68 min
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 have it all, but internally he was struggling. Zelnick says he was unhappy, anxious all the time and…
#154: Susan Piver, Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships
Sep 26, 2018 • 75 min
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 her own admission, made her “soft.”…
#153: Brett Eldredge, Country Star Discusses His Vulnerability
Sep 19, 2018 • 70 min
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, but through all his successes, the singer/songwriter says he has long struggled with panic attacks and…
#152: Scott Rogers, Embracing Your Adversary
Sep 12, 2018 • 59 min
While working on a difficult case with some particularly difficult opposing council, Scott Rogers said he had a moment during a mindfulness sitting when he realized the way he was dealing with the matter of litigation wasn’t reducing that quality of…
#151: Dan St. Germain, ‘Takes a Village to Keep Me Going’
Sep 5, 2018 • 56 min
Comedian and writer Dan St. Germain has earned laughs on “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” “Superior Donuts,” The White House Correspondents Dinner, his stand-up routines and many more, but behind it all, he has struggled with substance abuse, anxiety and…
#150: Mallika Chopra, Introducing Middle Schoolers to Meditation
Aug 29, 2018 • 55 min
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 journey of raising two daughters with…
#149: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, ‘Potential of Tsewa Is in Everyone’
Aug 22, 2018 • 71 min
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose most recent book is “Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World,” believes it’s possible for all humans to develop compassion towards each other, but it…
#148: Thomas McConkie, The Mormon Meditator
Aug 15, 2018 • 52 min
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 started going to a Zen meditation center…
#147: Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle Co-Founder
Aug 8, 2018 • 62 min
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 business partner Julie Rice launched SoulCycle. After the pair sold the multimillion-dollar company in 2016,…
#146: Culture Abuse, Finding Peace in Punk Rock
Aug 1, 2018 • 74 min
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 punk band opened up about things they’ve tried to work through, Kelling, who has Cerebral palsy, said he…
#145: Light Watkins, ‘Simplify the Approach’
Jul 25, 2018 • 62 min
“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 Vedic meditation. With his newest…
#144: Spring Washam, ‘What Was Creating All This Suffering?’
Jul 18, 2018 • 69 min
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.” That moment launched Washam onto a “whole other journey” to work through her past and find sources of her…
#143: Scott Edelstein, When Spiritual Leaders ‘Stray’
Jul 11, 2018 • 66 min
Spiritual leaders often have great influence over their followers but there are times, author Scott Edelstein says, when some leaders will use their position of power to manipulate, shame and abuse others. Edelstein discusses how spiritual leaders can…
#142: Jeremy Richman, ‘There Is Hope in Helping’
Jul 4, 2018 • 64 min
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 happy playing dress-up as a fairy at a ball as she was practicing Kung Fu and shooting a bow and arrow…
#141: Alison Wright, World-Traveling Photographer
Jun 27, 2018 • 68 min
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 photographer called upon her years of…
#140: Scott Norton, The Condiments Guy Who Meditates
Jun 20, 2018 • 52 min
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 the stress of managing a start-up.
#139: Diana Butler Bass, 100 Days of Gratitude
Jun 13, 2018 • 65 min
Author and religion scholar Diana Butler Bass has tried on many forms of Christianity, from growing up Methodist to becoming an Evangelical Christian for years and then joining the Episcopal Church, where she started exploring Centering Prayer and…
#138: Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Meditating While Having ADHD
Jun 6, 2018 • 57 min
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 with adults, from college-age on up,…
#137: Roshi Joan Halifax, ‘Turning Towards the Suffering’
May 30, 2018 • 68 min
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 latest book is called “Standing at the…
#136: Sally Kohn, ‘We Need to Fix Hate’
May 23, 2018 • 76 min
It was around the time she decided to go on her second meditation retreat that Sally Kohn, a gay, Jewish, community organizer turned political commentator, took a job as a commentator for Fox News. In her TV career — she’s now a commentator for CNN — Kohn…
#135: Paul Gilmartin, The Battles in Our Heads, Uncensored
May 16, 2018 • 59 min
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 pounds,” he said, as he struggled behind the scenes with depression and even contemplated suicide. When the…
#134: Thupten Jinpa, The Importance of Compassion - LIVE!
May 9, 2018 • 87 min
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 uses for compassion meditation in today’s culture in front of a live audience at the Asia Society in New York…
#133: Catherine Price, Redefining Your Relationship with Your Phone
May 2, 2018 • 54 min
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 on her phone, scrolling through antique door knobs on eBay. It led the “How To Break Up With Your Phone”…
#132: George Haas, Regulating the ‘Fear Mind’
Apr 25, 2018 • 47 min
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. “What can I tell you, I’m a seeker,”…
#131: Ezra Klein, How We Interact with Politics Matters
Apr 18, 2018 • 84 min
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 context within the chaos of our political scene and exploring the idea of what a political system would look…
#130: Janice Marturano, How to Be a Better Boss
Apr 11, 2018 • 74 min
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 regular meditation practice as a way to soothe stress at work and in her personal life. Noticing the relief a…
#129: Daniel Pink, ‘When’ Can Make a Big Difference
Apr 4, 2018 • 67 min
“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 kind of work? When should I start a project, when should I abandon a project?’ … and the best time of day to…
#128: Andrea Petersen, Untangling from Anxiety
Mar 28, 2018 • 57 min
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 name for the thing that had controlled most of her life to the point where she feared walking up a flight of…
#127: Lewis Howes, Former Pro-Athlete on Removing ‘Mask of Masculinity’
Mar 21, 2018 • 68 min
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 back up and play” jock, and it took him a long time to learn how to shed “The Mask of Masculinity,” to…
#126: Hansa Bergwall, Reminding Us That We Die So That We Live
Mar 14, 2018 • 47 min
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 that you’re going to die is really…
#125: Lt. Col. Jannell MacAulay, Teaching ‘Mental Push-ups’ in US Air Force
Mar 7, 2018 • 50 min
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, sees mindfulness meditation as national security asset. A former commander of the 400-member joint 305th…
#124: Rhonda Magee, Law Professor Using Mindfulness to Defeat Bias
Feb 28, 2018 • 66 min
“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 Francisco. “So it’s that capacity with…
#123: Brad Katsuyama, Wall Street Reformer
Feb 21, 2018 • 59 min
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 at Royal Bank of Canada, began a regular meditation practice and started IEX, a stock exchange that took…
#122: Bob Roth, Meditation Teacher to the Stars
Feb 14, 2018 • 64 min
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 meditation teacher for over 40 years and…
#121: Susan Kaiser Greenland and Annaka Harris, Teaching Mindfulness to Kids
Feb 7, 2018 • 55 min
Susan Kaiser Greenland, an author and former corporate attorney, and Annaka Harris, an author and editor, work together to teach mindfulness meditation to children and their families through Greenland’s Inner Kids Foundation. They offer advice for parents…
#120: Tim Ferriss, Host of ‘The Tim Ferriss Show,’ Author
Jan 31, 2018 • 65 min
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 advice, but when someone suggested he try…
#119: Yael Shy, Helping College Students Fight Stress and FOMO
Jan 24, 2018 • 68 min
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 towers fell near her New York City dorm…
#118: Danica Patrick, Racing Superstar
Jan 17, 2018 • 35 min
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 becoming a staple on the race track, Patrick has expanded her repertoire to include owning a winery,…
#117: James Altucher, Master of Reinvention
Jan 10, 2018 • 64 min
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 sold numerous companies (and made and…
#116: Manoush Zomorodi, Host of ‘Note to Self’ Podcast
Jan 3, 2018 • 58 min
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 problem solving and fresh ideas. Her book, “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most…
#115: Your Meditation Questions, Answered!
Dec 27, 2017 • 52 min
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 practice, how to tell your friends it’s…
#114: Dr. Bianca Harris
Dec 20, 2017 • 62 min
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 recently made a change. The book is on…
#113: Jeff Warren, After the ‘10% Happier’ Road Trip
Dec 13, 2017 • 72 min
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 meditating, and in the process, the two…
#112: Dr. David Vago, This Is Your Brain on Meditation
Dec 6, 2017 • 58 min
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, the research director for the Osher…
#111: Ginger Zee, ABC News Chief Meteorologist (Bonus!)
Dec 1, 2017 • 55 min
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 has long battled storms within herself. Zee, who was born Ginger Zuidgeest, discusses her new memoir,…
#110: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, ‘The Lost Art of Good Conversation’
Nov 29, 2017 • 35 min
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International, has a new book out called, “The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life” — poignant for this time of deep…
Guided Meditation: ‘A Reflection On the Important Things’ by The Minimalists
Nov 23, 2017 • 4 min
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 truly important.
#109: Bonnie St. John, Former Olympic Skier, Motivational Speaker
Nov 22, 2017 • 44 min
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 African-American to win medals in Winter…
#108: Charles Raison & Vladimir Maletic, Tackling Depression with a Mind-Body Approach
Nov 15, 2017 • 63 min
Chuck Raison, a psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and Vlad Maletic, a clinical professor of neuropsychiatry and behavior science at the University of South Carolina…
#107: Andrew Scheffer, The Wharton Monk
Nov 8, 2017 • 61 min
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 year training as a Buddhist monk and worked with the famed Buddhist master, Sayadaw U Pandita, before going…
#106: Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund Co-Founder
Nov 1, 2017 • 43 min
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 disaster relief efforts after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. When the Taliban issued an edict banning girls…
#105: Leslie Booker, Activism and the Dharma
Oct 25, 2017 • 54 min
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 to becoming a meditation teacher. A…
#104: Adam Levin, X Ambassadors Drummer
Oct 18, 2017 • 32 min
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 rock star life drove him to…
#103: Sally Quinn, Walking the Labyrinth
Oct 11, 2017 • 63 min
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 late husband, legendary Washington…
#102: Anderson Cooper, CNN Anchor
Oct 4, 2017 • 40 min
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 a “60 Minutes” piece on mindfulness led him to start his own meditation practice, and he talks at length…
#101: Nicholas Hoult & Danny Strong, ‘Rebel in the Rye’
Sep 27, 2017 • 31 min
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 using meditation to deal with PTSD.…
#100: Tom Bergeron, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Host
Sep 20, 2017 • 38 min
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 practice for keeping his cool and…
#99: Gretchen Rubin, ‘The Four Tendencies’
Sep 13, 2017 • 60 min
In her new book, “The Four Tendencies,” best-selling author and speaker Gretchen Rubin breaks down what she denotes as four different personality profiles — Upholder, Questioner, Obligor and Rebel. Rubin, who is also the host of the popular podcast,…
#98: Daniel Goleman, Dr. Richard Davidson, ‘Altered Traits’ (Bonus!)
Sep 8, 2017 • 71 min
Dan Goleman and Richie Davidson, both titans in their respective fields and best-selling authors, have co-written a new book out now entitled, “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body.” Goleman, a renowned…
#97: Justin von Bujdoss, Buddhist Chaplain at Rikers Island
Sep 6, 2017 • 47 min
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 patients, when he began volunteering at the city’s notorious Rikers Island Jail. Von Bujdoss started out…
#96: Jaimal Yogis, A Surfer’s Quest for Zen
Aug 30, 2017 • 46 min
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 just built into the experience.” The longtime surfer and meditation teacher talks about his first memoir,…
#95: Robert Wright, ‘Why Buddhism is True’ (Bonus!)
Aug 25, 2017 • 62 min
“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 think that you should not be allowed to call yourself enlightened if you’re a jerk,” said Robert Wright, a…
#94: LeAnn Rimes, Grammy-Winning Artist
Aug 23, 2017 • 24 min
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 the country music star’s career includes writing books and appearing in TV series and movies, including the…
#93: Ethan Nichtern, ‘The Dharma of The Princess Bride’
Aug 16, 2017 • 61 min
“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 from this space of compassionately…
#92: Moby and Google’s Bill Duane at Wanderlust Hollywood (Live!)
Aug 9, 2017 • 50 min
In the final installment from the “10% Happier” road trip, Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren ended their cross-country tour at a Wanderlust Hollywood event in February, where they hosted a live discussion and Q&A with recording artist Moby and…
#91: Anurag Gupta, Attorney ‘Hacking’ Unconscious Bias
Aug 2, 2017 • 50 min
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 bias into awareness and understanding with mindfulness techniques. An attorney and mindfulness expert,…
#90: Rich Roll, Vegan Ultra-Endurance Athlete
Jul 26, 2017 • 38 min
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 terrifying moment led the former entertainment attorney, who had already been through rehab for alcohol…
#89: Lt. Richard Goerling, Mindfulness in Police Work
Jul 19, 2017 • 54 min
At a time when there have been controversial police shootings of unarmed civilians and many officers risking their lives to protect their communities feel under siege, one potentially constructive element being introduced into this highly-charged…
Guided Meditation: Getting Out Of Your Head in an Age of Polarization
Jul 17, 2017 • 8 min
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 helps us take a break from information…
#88: Virginia Heffernan: Writer, ‘Trumpcast’ Podcast Co-Host
Jul 12, 2017 • 63 min
Virginia Heffernan, who has written for several major publications including as a television and Internet culture columnist for the New York Times, opens up for the first time about her addiction to prescription drugs and her decision to get sober. The…
#87: Rep. Tim Ryan, Teaching Congress to Meditate
Jul 5, 2017 • 35 min
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 congressman’s office on Capitol Hill in January shortly after President Trump’s inauguration. Ryan, who has…
#86: Gary Vaynerchuk, Media Industry Leader
Jun 28, 2017 • 44 min
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 entire social media-focused empire.…
#85: Mark Coleman, Meditating in the Great Outdoors
Jun 21, 2017 • 52 min
Renowned mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman, founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, has led wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru. Coleman talks about making peace with our “judging thoughts” and how nature can “open the…
#84: James Gimian, Mindful Magazine Publisher
Jun 14, 2017 • 56 min
James Gimian, who has been in publishing since the ’70s, started covering the emerging mindfulness movement for a small magazine years ago when he said it became clear that secular mindfulness was taking root in “a big and significant way.” In 2011, he…
#83: Josh Groban, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Actor (Bonus!)
Jun 9, 2017 • 42 min
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 actor in a musical for his role in Broadway’s “Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812.” Dan Harris and…
#82: Cory Muscara, Mindfulness Teacher, Former Monk
Jun 7, 2017 • 41 min
Cory Muscara, 27 years old, admits he first tried meditation because he wanted to impress his college girlfriend — but it changed his life forever. Muscara, an econ major who considered a finance career, switched gears and spent six months practicing…
Guided Meditation: Remembering Your Goodness (Bonus!)
Jun 5, 2017 • 8 min
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 used as a complement to the book or as standalone. The first of this series is being made available right…
#81: Sharon Salzberg, ‘Real Love’
May 31, 2017 • 50 min
“I think people do things motivated by love, certainly more strongly sometimes, and more successfully, than when motivated by hate… I think love is actually the force that keeps us going,” said renowned meditation teacher and best-selling author Sharon…
#80: Bellamy Young, TV’s “Scandal” Star
May 26, 2017 • 39 min
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 her character’s heavy, emotional…
#79: Willoughby Britton, Jared Lindahl — Does Meditation Have a Dark Side?
May 24, 2017 • 76 min
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 professor of psychiatry and human…
#78: Lodro Rinzler, Meditation for the Heartbroken
May 17, 2017 • 54 min
Buddhist meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler, who had been meditating for most of his life, found himself dealing with multiple, heartbreaking tribulations in his 20s and he fell into despair for a while. After working through his experience, Rinzler, who…
#77: Jen Kirkman, Comedian, Author
May 10, 2017 • 57 min
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 disorder, depression, anxiety and…
#76: Jeffrey Walker, Former JPMorgan Exec, Philanthropist (Bonus!)
May 5, 2017 • 49 min
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 & Co. and chairman of the JPMorgan Chase…
#75: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
May 3, 2017 • 59 min
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 hospitals, which then led to his redefining an important element of patient care. Kabat-Zinn is the founding…
Guided Meditation: Jon Kabat-Zinn (Bonus!)
May 3, 2017 • 8 min
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 stress reduction. When you’re done, make sure to listen to Dan’s full interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, in…
#74: Russell Simmons, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Author and Activist
Apr 26, 2017 • 26 min
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,” Simmons says in our interview. Simmons,…
#73: David Leite, Food Writer, Memoirist (LIVE!)
Apr 19, 2017 • 52 min
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 City. Leite talks at length about…
Guided Meditation: Thoughts Are Not Solid (Bonus!)
Apr 17, 2017 • 14 min
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 helps us watch the turbulence of our inner mind. Check out this latest meditation here on the podcast, and…
#72: Daniel Goleman, Diving into ‘Emotional Intelligence’ (Bonus Episode!)
Apr 14, 2017 • 49 min
“The human central nervous system and brain is designed the same around the world… and there probably is a lot of spontaneous rediscovery in different areas of different ways you can play with the mind,” Dan Goleman, renowned psychologist and author of…
#71: Sam Harris, ‘Waking Up’ Podcast Host, Neuroscientist
Apr 12, 2017 • 93 min
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” (also the title of his popular podcast).…
#70: Clair Brown, Economist, Author of ‘Buddhist Economics’
Apr 5, 2017 • 41 min
Clair Brown, an economics professor at UC-Berkeley and a Tibetan Buddhist, was teaching an introductory course when she asked herself, “How would Buddha teach Econ One?” Brown went on to write the book, “Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the…
#69: Jewel, Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Actress (Bonus!)
Mar 31, 2017 • 31 min
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 ways to “re-wire” her brain, change her…
#68: Jerry Colonna, ‘CEO Whisperer’ and Reboot.io Founder
Mar 29, 2017 • 59 min
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 Center towers, he said he felt like his “world was falling apart.” Colonna went on to become a practicing…
#67: Colin Beavan, the ‘No Impact Man’
Mar 22, 2017 • 43 min
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 his life as he tried to have minimal impact on the environment while living in the bustling metropolis of…
#66: Profs. Holly Richardson & Matt Jarman, Virginia Military Institute
Mar 15, 2017 • 43 min
Virginia Military Institute, a military college in Lexington, Virginia, was another stop on the cross-country meditation tour, where our host Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren spoke to Profs. Holly Richardson and Matt Jarman, as well as a few…
Guided Meditation: Coming to Center (Bonus!)
Mar 13, 2017 • 21 min
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 illusive feeling of fulfillment. Get…
#65: Sylvia Moir, Tempe, Arizona, Police Chief
Mar 8, 2017 • 46 min
During their cross-county meditation bus tour in January, our host Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren stopped in Tempe, Arizona, to talk with Sylvia Moir, who has been the head of the Tempe Police Department for the past year. Chief Moir says…
Guided Meditation: Shinzen Young (Bonus!)
Mar 1, 2017 • 11 min
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 Young. When you’re done, make sure to listen to Dan’s full interview with Shinzen Young, in Episode #64.
#64: Shinzen Young, Meditation Teacher
Mar 1, 2017 • 94 min
Shinzen Young first became fascinated with Asian culture as a Jewish teenager growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Now a renowned meditation teacher, Shinzen is deeply involved in scientific research into what meditation does for the brain and has a…
#63: Billy Crudup, ‘Jackie,’ ‘20th Century Women’ Actor (Oscars Bonus Episode!)
Feb 24, 2017 • 55 min
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 Hammond in “Almost Famous,” Crudup stars in two Oscar-nominated films this year, “Jackie” and “20th Century…
#62: Hannah Hart, Creator of YouTube’s ‘My Drunk Kitchen’
Feb 22, 2017 • 46 min
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 were surprised to learn about her life-long private struggle of dealing with her family’s mental health…
#61: Dr. Judson Brewer, Using Mindfulness to Beat Addiction
Feb 15, 2017 • 82 min
Psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer was researching better treatment options for alcohol and cocaine addiction patients and found, through clinical studies, that meditation could significantly help break these behaviors or “habit loops” and…
#60: Matthieu Ricard, French Monk and ‘World’s Happiest Man’
Feb 8, 2017 • 65 min
Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, who is originally from France, earned the moniker “world’s happiest man” after brain scans taken during a neurological study on meditation (led by Dr. Richie Davidson) showed excessive activity in his brain as he…
#59: Mary Karr, Best-Selling Poet and Master Memoirist
Feb 1, 2017 • 60 min
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 living her entire life as an agnostic before becoming a Roman Catholic. It was when she said she found…
#58: Elvis Duran, Morning Radio Show Star
Jan 25, 2017 • 47 min
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 of listeners, not even when it comes to his dramatic weight loss after “gastric sleeve” surgery. Duran is…
#57: Jeff Warren & the ‘10% Happier’ Road Trip! (Bonus Episode!)
Jan 20, 2017 • 53 min
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 hitting the road this month on a…
Guided Meditation: Inauguration + Working with Strong Emotions
Jan 19, 2017 • 17 min
The recent election has elicited strong emotions from people across the political spectrum. In this guided meditation from Dan’s “10% Happier” app, Jeff Warren helps us all find perspective on these strong emotions and provides us with a few techniques…
#56: George Stephanopoulos, ABC News Chief Anchor
Jan 18, 2017 • 36 min
George Stephanopoulos, the co-anchor of “Good Morning America” and the host of ABC News’ Sunday morning political affairs show, “This Week,” first started practicing meditation in the ’90s when he was serving as a senior advisor in the Clinton…
#55: Soren Gordhamer, Being Mindful in Silicon Valley
Jan 11, 2017 • 58 min
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, Texas, Gordhamer grew up as one of five…
#54: Vince Horn, Buddhist Geek on Struggling with Nirvana
Jan 4, 2017 • 56 min
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 Asheville, N.C., Horn’s latest project…
#53: Josh Radnor, “How I Met Your Mother” Star Back in Theater
Dec 28, 2016 • 40 min
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 — though he stars in PBS’s “Mercy…
#52: Andrew Olendzki, Teaching Old-School Buddhism
Dec 21, 2016 • 62 min
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 even speaks Pali, the ancient Indian language the Buddha spoke and taught in. Olendzki started the…
#51: Handling Holiday Stress (Bonus Episode!)
Dec 19, 2016 • 55 min
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 edition of the “10% Happier” podcast, our host Dan Harris leads a roundtable discussion with two meditation…
Guided Meditation - Holiday Stress: ‘SURF the Urge’
Dec 19, 2016 • 3 min
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 holiday season. (Additional Holiday Stress meditations from Sharon Salzberg and Jeff Warren are available…
#50: Joe DiNardo, Grief and Meditation
Dec 14, 2016 • 56 min
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 help get through the grief of losing…
#49: Robert Thurman, Renowned Buddhist Scholar
Dec 7, 2016 • 72 min
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 and is now one of the most famous Buddhist scholars around, having worked with the Dalai Lama for over 50…
#48: John Mulaney, Comedian Turned Broadway Star
Nov 30, 2016 • 51 min
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 bore his name, “Mulaney.” He now has a daily meditation practice, which he often practices in a dark…
#47: Jessica Morey, Teaching Meditation to Teenagers
Nov 23, 2016 • 54 min
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 executive director of Inward-Bound…
#46: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Renowned Indian Yogi and Mystic
Nov 16, 2016 • 45 min
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 religious.” He spent his days crisscrossing the country on his motorcycle, he launched successful…
#45: Colin O’Brady, Pro-Endurance Athlete
Nov 9, 2016 • 42 min
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 completing treks to the North and South poles. Colin O’Brady not only completed the EGS this summer, he…
#44: Duncan Sheik, ’90s Rocker Turned Broadway Composer
Nov 2, 2016 • 45 min
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 smash Broadway hit, “Spring…
Guided Meditation: Election Stress (Powers of Ten)
Nov 1, 2016 • 12 min
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 balance. Jeff delivers with the candor and…
Guided Meditation: ‘Driving’
Oct 28, 2016 • 14 min
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 meditation, Alexis Santos guides you in a mindfulness practice while driving (eyes open, of course).
#43: Judge Jeremy Fogel, Using Mindfulness on the Bench
Oct 26, 2016 • 49 min
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 and yoga. Shortly after he started…
#42: Sebene Selassie, A Life of Service While Fighting Breast Cancer
Oct 19, 2016 • 61 min
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 fighter in the Eritrean independence…
#41: Robin Roberts, “GMA” Anchor, Cancer Survivor (Bonus Episode!)
Oct 17, 2016 • 46 min
“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” colleagues, George Stephanopoulos and our host Dan Harris, who first perked her interest in meditation a few…
#40: Election Stress Special (Bonus Episode!)
Oct 16, 2016 • 49 min
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 stress disorder.” As a remedy, many…
#39: Jason Stirman, Ex-Twitter, Medium Exec Turned App Entrepreneur
Oct 12, 2016 • 46 min
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 Williams with the intent of starting a new company with a “mindful culture.” When they started the…
#38: Eileen Fisher, Fashion Icon
Oct 5, 2016 • 50 min
Eileen Fisher weaves mindfulness and social consciousness throughout her multimillion-dollar clothing company and in her personal life. After being in business for over 30 years, her collections are sold in 65 EILEEN FISHER shops across the country, as…
#37: Tony Wright, Exonerated After 25 Years (Bonus Episode!)
Oct 4, 2016 • 28 min
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 Project, presented DNA evidence that…
#36: Spring Washam, Meditation and Dharma Teacher
Sep 28, 2016 • 44 min
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 psychology texts, self-help books and various forms of meditation, she eventually attended a 10-day…
#35: Alan Cumming, Actor, Author, Activist
Sep 21, 2016 • 35 min
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. He’s best known for his roles in Broadway’s “Cabaret,” TV’s “The Good Wife” and as Nightcrawler in “X-Men…
#34: Elizabeth Vargas, ABC News Anchor
Sep 14, 2016 • 45 min
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 that she has also long struggled…
Guided Meditation: ‘The Training Ground’
Sep 9, 2016 • 10 min
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 the many times in our everyday lives…
#33: Chef Eric Ripert
Sep 7, 2016 • 50 min
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 the stress of a fine-dining…
#32: The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Aug 31, 2016 • 60 min
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 and both made a comfortable living.…
#31: Dr. Michael Gervais, Sports Psychologist
Aug 24, 2016 • 67 min
Mike Gervais is a high-performance sports psychologist who works with athletes, most famously as the mindfulness coach for the Seattle Seahawks, on training the mind and body to work together under the intense pressure of competition. Gervais has helped…
#30: Jesse Israel
Aug 17, 2016 • 59 min
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 his dorm room. Israel built that record label into a successful company — then he decided to walk away from…
#29: Dr. Richard Davidson
Aug 10, 2016 • 66 min
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 to dedicate his life to researching…
#28: Oren J. Sofer
Aug 3, 2016 • 69 min
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 things in his life were falling apart. “And I had heard about people going to India for study abroad and I had…
#27: Mingyur Rinpoche
Jul 27, 2016 • 61 min
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 masters. On the other hand, he has…
#26: Dan Ryckert
Jul 20, 2016 • 50 min
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 popular video game website, Giant Bomb, and he’s the author of “Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Worried…
#25: Claire Hoffman
Jul 13, 2016 • 68 min
Author and journalist Claire Hoffman has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since she was 3 years old. When she was 5, she and her family moved to a secluded meditation community in Fairfield, Iowa — Maharishi’s national headquarters for Heaven and…
#24: Dr. Amishi Jha & Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt
Jul 6, 2016 • 55 min
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 might seem like an unlikely pair, but they have worked together to bring Mindfulness to the troops. Jha…
#23: Mario Batali
Jun 29, 2016 • 39 min
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 meditation routine. Batali says he started…
#22: Dr. Mark Epstein
Jun 22, 2016 • 69 min
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 meditation can have on the mind, both…
#21: Arianna Huffington
Jun 15, 2016 • 61 min
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 she always gets a good night’s sleep. Not only that, she says wants to help everyone else do the same.…
Guided Meditation: ‘Dictators of the Mind’
Jun 13, 2016 • 10 min
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 nothing. This is a guided meditation from…
#20: Adam Shankman
Jun 8, 2016 • 42 min
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 years grappling with substance abuse…
#19: Emma Seppala
Jun 5, 2016 • 54 min
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 Research and Education, argues that…
#18: Chade-Meng Tan
Jun 1, 2016 • 53 min
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 employees and executives, adopting the job title of “Jolly Good Fellow.” While he’s no longer at Google, Meng…
#17: Chodo and Koshin
May 25, 2016 • 66 min
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 are using meditation, and a generous dose of humor, to show people that the dying process does not have to…
#16: Ali Smith
May 18, 2016 • 48 min
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 at-risk school kids. And the results have been incredible. Smith, a certified yoga instructor, is the…
#15: Gretchen Rubin (Our Long-Lost Pilot Episode)
May 13, 2016 • 43 min
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 to his New York City apartment to…
#14: RuPaul
May 12, 2016 • 36 min
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, really dark, dark period for me.” That’s when RuPaul, now the world’s most famous drag queen, started his…
#13: Steve Armstrong
May 11, 2016 • 72 min
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 insight” — the various stages that lead…
#12: Thupten Jinpa
May 4, 2016 • 59 min
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 in compassion training he helped…
Guided Meditation: ‘Struggle as Feedback’
Apr 29, 2016 • 8 min
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 am I not open to?” Often you’ll see…
#11: Lama Tsomo
Apr 27, 2016 • 61 min
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 a very different path, diving deeply…
#10: Leigh Brasington
Apr 22, 2016 • 55 min
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 amounts of bliss, happiness and ecstasy.…
#9: Margot Bingham
Apr 20, 2016 • 48 min
Actress and singer-songwriter Margot Bingham has moved from playing the role of jazz singer Daughter Maitland in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” to a highly-respected detective in ABC’s “The Family,” but in working through these complex roles, Bingham said she…
#8: Sharon Salzberg
Apr 13, 2016 • 55 min
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 childhood and was a sophomore in college…
#7: George Mumford
Apr 6, 2016 • 77 min
George Mumford has taught mindfulness and meditation to some of the greatest athletes of all time: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, among others. In partnership with the legendary coach Phil Jackson, Mumford taught meditation to the…
Guided Meditation: ‘Simply Begin Again’
Apr 1, 2016 • 9 min
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 Joseph Goldstein. Joseph is the…
#6: David Gelles
Mar 30, 2016 • 54 min
The author of “Mindful Work,” New York Times reporter David Gelles is a self-described “sporadic meditator.” During the day, Gelles says he uses so-called “meditation hacks,” such as waiting a beat or two before picking up a ringing phone or practicing…
#5: Amy Cuddy
Mar 27, 2016 • 55 min
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 Times best-selling author, Cuddy gave a TED Talk that has been viewed millions of times about how to make…
#4: Dr. Jay Michaelson
Mar 23, 2016 • 52 min
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. Yet despite his staggering number of day jobs, Michaelson has also found time to intensively practice…
#3: Brian Koppelman
Mar 18, 2016 • 45 min
The filmmaker and co-creator of the TV show “Billions” talks about his practice of Transcendental Meditation.
#2: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo
Mar 11, 2016 • 56 min
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 argue is the father of today’s emo…
#1: Dalai Lama
Mar 11, 2016 • 27 min
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 the Center for Healthy Minds. His Holiness and Richardson have collaborated for years on research looking…