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Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

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Rank #1 in Mental Health category

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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) from all angles. Guests include legendary meditation teachers -- from the Dalai Lama to Western masters -- as well as scientists, and even the odd celebrity. But the show also ventures beyond meditation, bringing on leading researchers in areas such as social anxiety, bias, creativity, productivity, and relationships. The animating insight of this show is that the mind is trainable. This is what science is showing us. Mental traits such as happiness, calm, generosity, compassion, and connection are not hardwired, unalterable factory settings; they are, in fact, skills that can be trained. On this show, you'll learn how.

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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) from all angles. Guests include legendary meditation teachers -- from the Dalai Lama to Western masters -- as well as scientists, and even the odd celebrity. But the show also ventures beyond meditation, bringing on leading researchers in areas such as social anxiety, bias, creativity, productivity, and relationships. The animating insight of this show is that the mind is trainable. This is what science is showing us. Mental traits such as happiness, calm, generosity, compassion, and connection are not hardwired, unalterable factory settings; they are, in fact, skills that can be trained. On this show, you'll learn how.

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Narcissist

By Lonegranger - Jun 02 2020
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Listened to latest podcast on protesters, white guilt etc. at the end he chastised his last minute guest for basically not soothing him enough for his white guilt feelings. Listen to it and make your own decisions. He said I’ve been doing this 30 years, this is my show and you will answer my questions. She was an African American meditation teacher he “claimed” to have learned from. Clearly not. Ugh does he even see? No.

Life Changing

By west4me - Jun 01 2020
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This podcast is so interesting and inspiring and also grounding. It has had a huge impact on my ways of thinking and the way I view myself and the world. Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

5787 Ratings
Average Ratings
4798
462
246
140
141

Narcissist

By Lonegranger - Jun 02 2020
Read more
Listened to latest podcast on protesters, white guilt etc. at the end he chastised his last minute guest for basically not soothing him enough for his white guilt feelings. Listen to it and make your own decisions. He said I’ve been doing this 30 years, this is my show and you will answer my questions. She was an African American meditation teacher he “claimed” to have learned from. Clearly not. Ugh does he even see? No.

Life Changing

By west4me - Jun 01 2020
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This podcast is so interesting and inspiring and also grounding. It has had a huge impact on my ways of thinking and the way I view myself and the world. Thank you!
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Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Latest release on Oct 23, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: #185: Brené Brown, Vulnerability: The Key to Courage

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Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is also the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her TED Talk "The power of vulnerability" has been viewed nearly 40 million times and Netflix has just released her special, "Call to Courage." In these speeches, and in our conversation, Brown explains why you can’t have courage without vulnerability.

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Website: https://brenebrown.com/
TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
Netflix Special: https://www.netflix.com/brenebrown

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Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326

May 01 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #2: #71: Sam Harris, 'Waking Up' Podcast Host, Neuroscientist

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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). During our interview, Harris hosts a clinic on deconstructing "consciousness and its contents" with the help of meditation, and recognizing how getting lost in thought can be tied to suffering.

Apr 12 2017

1hr 33mins

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Rank #3: #75: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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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 executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic, who created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs that are used in hundreds of hospitals, clinics and labs all over the world.

May 03 2017

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Rank #4: Guided Meditation: 'Simply Begin Again'

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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 co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society. He is also Dan's teacher (which means he knows firsthand how crappy a meditator Dan is). Joseph is one of a handful of western teachers who brought mindfulness meditation to the west 40 years ago. So, if you'd like to give meditation a try, this is a great place to start.

Apr 01 2016

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Rank #5: #220: The Anti-Diet | Evelyn Tribole

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Award-winning registered dietitian Evelyn Tribole inspires people to rethink their relationship with food and enjoy eating. In today's diet culture, people have stopped trusting their bodies and are ignoring its cues. In her nutrition counseling practice, Evelyn helps people tune in to what their bodies are trying to tell them through awareness and intuitive eating. In this episode, Evelyn describes how her meditation practice has deepened her passion for her career. She further explains the ten principles detailed in her new book, "Intuitive Eating," about rejecting the diet mentality and making peace with all food.

Join the New Years Meditation Challenge: https://10percenthappier.app.link/IpETZ7CAX1

Plugzone:
Website: https://www.evelyntribole.com/
New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-4th-Anti-Diet-Revolutionary/dp/1250255198/
Work book: https://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-Workbook-Principles-Relationship/dp/1626256225/
Books: https://www.evelyntribole.com/evelyns-books/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyntribole/

Mentioned on the show:
- Crazy Wisdom
- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/209-kryptonite-for-inner-critic-self-compassion-series/id1087147821?i=1000453700663

Podcast Insiders Feedback Group: https://10percenthappier.typeform.com/to/vHz4q4

Jan 01 2020

1hr 40mins

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Rank #6: #169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking

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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 the benefits of contemplating worst-case scenarios. His new book, "The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking," explores the benefits of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection.

Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail at 646-883-8326.

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Twitter: @oliverburkeman
Columns: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/oliverburkeman
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
https://www.amazon.com/Antidote-Happiness-People-Positive-Thinking/dp/0865478015

Jan 09 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #7: #221: All Your Sleep Questions, Answered | Dr. Matthew Walker

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Dr. Matthew Walker is a sleep scientist with a PhD in neurophysiology. His research investigates the impact of sleep on human health and diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and cancer. In this episode, Dr. Walker shares significant findings on what happens to us when we do not get enough sleep. He also offers practical tips on how we can get more, quality sleep and how meditation can help.

Join the New Year's Meditation Challenge: https://10percenthappier.app.link/IpETZ7CAX1

Plug Zone--
Book: Why We Sleep, https://www.amazon.com/dp/1501144316
Website: https://www.sleepdiplomat.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sleepdiplomat?lang=en

Podcast Insiders Feedback Group: https://10percenthappier.typeform.com/to/vHz4q4

Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326

Jan 08 2020

2hr 40mins

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Rank #8: #165: Oren Jay Sofer, Practicing Mindful Communication

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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 else. Oren Sofer has spent years studying this and has written a how-to guide to help people apply mindfulness techniques to have more meaningful conversations. He describes the importance of learning to communicate better as a "life hack" that will have a positive effect on every area of your life.

Dec 12 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #9: #99: Gretchen Rubin, 'The Four Tendencies'

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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, "Happier with Gretchen Rubin," and calls herself an "Upholder," says "The Four Tendencies" help explain how we form or break habits, how we respond to "inner" expectations of ourselves, such as keeping a New Year's resolution, and how we meet "outer" expectations from others, such as making a work deadline.

Sep 13 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #10: #102: Anderson Cooper, CNN Anchor

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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 in our interview about how it has brought him some peace and perspective after dealing with the deaths of his father and brother, being "incredibly introverted" and being a good journalist in the age of Twitter.

Oct 04 2017

41mins

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Rank #11: #132: George Haas, Regulating the 'Fear Mind'

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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," Haas said, as he described how a regular practice helped ease the psychological trauma of a "crappy childhood," got him sober and now he guides others through his attachment theory-based healing practices.

Apr 25 2018

48mins

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Rank #12: #22: Dr. Mark Epstein

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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 positive and negative, for those looking for an escape from suffering. He also went deep into the Buddhist concept of the "no-self," whether Enlightenment can be reached ... and what it might look or feel like. He has written numerous books on these topics, his most recent being, "The Trauma of Everyday Life." Epstein first discovered meditation in college and one of the "breakthroughs" he said that made the practice click for him happened while he was learning to juggle. "Once I got the three oranges in the air, my mind had to relax in order to keep it going and I understood, 'Oh yeah, this is what they're trying to teach me in mediation.'" Before he found meditation, Epstein said he was a very anxious person who worried all the time. Now after practicing meditation for more than 40 years, Epstein said he wouldn't know what he would be without it.

Jun 22 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #13: #209: Kryptonite for the Inner Critic, Self-Compassion Series, Kristin Neff, PhD

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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 important to cultivate a kind, supportive inner voice. In her last year of graduate school Neff was going through what she calls a messy divorce. Looking for a way to alleviate the strong feelings of stress and shame she was experiencing, she found meditation. Drawn to the integration of mindfulness and compassion practices, she was able to work through her emotional turmoil. She came to the realization that she deserved kindness and encouragement and she didn’t need to rely on anyone other than herself to fulfill those needs. That epiphany inspired her to spend the next several years of her life doing self-compassion work. Neff believes self-compassion is a trainable skill anyone can learn, even those who are not naturally inclined to be kind to themselves. She recently co-created a workbook that guides the reader through the practices of mindful self-compassion, hoping to help others experience the life-changing benefits of being kind to ourselves.

Plug Zone
Website: https://self-compassion.org/
Workbook: https://self-compassion.org/mindful-self-compassion-workbook/
Twitter: @self_compassion
TED Talk: https://ed.ted.com/on/zhq011AI

VOICEMAILS
Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326

Oct 16 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #14: #48: John Mulaney, Comedian Turned Broadway Star

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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 dressing room before he goes on stage for "Oh, Hello," the two-man Broadway show he co-wrote and stars in with fellow comedian Nick Kroll.

Nov 30 2016

51mins

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Rank #15: #156: Shawn Achor, The Science Behind Gratitude

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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 more optimistic and help us lead happier lives.

Oct 10 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #16: #194: Atomic Habits, James Clear

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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 Clear in the face, resulting in massive head trauma. He would need to relearn very basic skills to function as himself again. Bit by bit, he started forming small habits which over time resulted in big changes. Today, he is the author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones.

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About: https://jamesclear.com/
Book: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits

VOICEMAILS
Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326

Jul 03 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #17: #201: Doing "The Work," Byron Katie

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At 43 years old, Byron Katie was unhappily married, suffered from depression and agoraphobia and was addicted to codeine and alcohol. In fact, she felt so much self-hatred, she slept on the floor believing she did not deserve a bed. Yet in the midst of her crisis, she awoke one morning in a halfway house, with a sense of pure joy. A switch had been flipped and all her suffering disappeared. It had become evident to her that her thoughts were causing all her emotional pain and she had finally broken free. Katie believes she has been given a gift and now spends her life trying to help end suffering for others.

Plug Zone
The Work of Byron Katie: https://thework.com/
Books: https://www.amazon.com/Byron-Katie/e/B001H6S8B4
Twitter: @ByronKatie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theworkofbyronkatie/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8dvufocK9zM6KnkronGbzA
The Work App: https://thework.com/the-work-app/

VOICEMAILS
Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326

Aug 21 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #18: Guided Meditation: 'Driving'

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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).

Oct 28 2016

14mins

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Rank #19: #61: Dr. Judson Brewer, Using Mindfulness to Beat Addiction

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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 prevent relapses. Brewer, who is now the director of research at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine's Center for Mindfulness, founded a company called Claritas MindSciences, which uses neurofeedback techniques combined with mindfulness exercises for several conditions, from eating disorders to smoking addiction.

Feb 15 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #20: #81: Sharon Salzberg, 'Real Love'

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"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 Salzberg. A regular on the "10% Happier" podcast, Salzberg talks about her new book, "Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection," out June 6, which explores how we can change the way we feel about having self-compassion, love for all beings and love for life itself.

May 31 2017

50mins

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