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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.

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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.

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So helpful!!

By bwhulse - Aug 04 2019
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Just a wonderful Podcast! Keeps me engaged and motivated.

Life changing

By Kasia M. Zemlo - Jun 22 2019
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Simply- life changing...Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

4214 Ratings
Average Ratings
3636
292
136
76
74

So helpful!!

By bwhulse - Aug 04 2019
Read more
Just a wonderful Podcast! Keeps me engaged and motivated.

Life changing

By Kasia M. Zemlo - Jun 22 2019
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Simply- life changing...Thank you!
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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.

Rank #1: #199: Patrick Dempsey, Meditation: The Secret to His Success

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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 the practice to find the right state of mind for both his acting and professional race car driving. He's even traveled to India to further his practice. His mental training proved valuable during his mother’s battle with ovarian cancer, and he has since been inspired to start the Dempsey Center, which "makes life better for people managing the impact of cancer." In this enlightening conversation, he explains how mindfulness is a driving force in every aspect of his life.

Plug Zone
The Dempsey Center: https://www.dempseycenter.org/
The Dempsey Challenge: https://www.dempseycenter.org/dempsey-challenge/

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

Aug 07 2019
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #2: #1: Dalai Lama

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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 at the impact meditation can have on the brain. Please leave us a review! ----> http://bit.ly/2lkYXxT
Mar 11 2016
27 mins
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Rank #3: #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.

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

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

May 01 2019
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #4: #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
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #5: #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
59 mins
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Rank #6: #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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #7: #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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #8: #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
1 hour
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Rank #9: #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
47 mins
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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
40 mins
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Rank #11: #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
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #12: #198: Meditation And Loss, Dean Valoras

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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 intelligent, successful, highly-motivated high school student. Externally she appeared happy and excited for the future, but that did not match how she felt internally. Alexandra kept secret journals where she wrote about feeling like a failure. In this episode, Dean shares the story of Alexandra in hopes of helping others and he discusses his meditation practice and other tools he’s using to help him move forward.

Suicide Prevention Resources:
http://www.bethe1to.com/

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one help is available.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK], or text TALK to 741-741 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org - for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Even if it feels like it – you are not alone.

If a person says they are considering suicide:
Take the person seriously
Stay with them
Help them remove lethal means
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7
Escort them to mental health services or an emergency room

Plug Zone
Dean Valoras Blog: https://rocktherisingblue.wordpress.com/
CBS Sunday Morning Special: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-lost-girls-diary-alexandra-valoras/

Ten Percent Happier Meditation
Joseph Goldstein's Self Compassion:
https://10percenthappier.app.link/rl7xRtFOiX

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

Jul 31 2019
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #13: #2: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo

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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 genre, credits his success and stability to his daily practice of meditation.
Mar 11 2016
56 mins
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Rank #14: 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
14 mins
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Rank #15: #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
51 mins
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Rank #16: #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
50 mins
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Rank #17: #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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #18: #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
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #19: #95: Robert Wright, 'Why Buddhism is True' (Bonus!)

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"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 best-selling author with extensive knowledge on philosophy and religion. Wright, whose new book out now is titled, "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment," offers his thoughts (and skepticism) on what it means to achieve true enlightenment and whether mindfulness meditation could change the world.
Aug 25 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #20: #159: Judson Brewer, Unwinding Anxiety

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Oct 31 2018
52 mins
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