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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.

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris ABC News

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 8K Ratings

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.

    What Does it Actually Mean to Be a "Whole Person"? | Scott Barry Kaufman

    What Does it Actually Mean to Be a "Whole Person"? | Scott Barry Kaufman

    In this episode, we’re going to demystify concepts such as: self actualization, personal growth, authenticity, and bringing your “whole self” to the table. 

    Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive scientist and humanistic psychologist. He is the founder and director of the Center for the Science of Human Potential at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science. He also hosts the #1 psychology podcast in the world - The Psychology Podcast. And he is the author of a new book called Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.

    We talk about the meaning of “transcendence” and the difference between transcending in an unhealthy and healthy way; being compassionate, understanding, accepting, forgiving, and perhaps even loving about your foibles and ugliness; and the difference between authenticity and “pseudo-authenticity”.

    You can download the Ten Percent Happier app here today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install

    Here are the steps for sending us a question for our upcoming Work Life Series:
    1. Go to a quiet place and open the default voice memo recording app on your phone.
    2. Hold the phone about 8-10 inches from your face, then tap “record.”
    3. Tell us your name, where you’re from, and what your question is. Try to keep it to about a minute or so.
    4. Stop the recording, then check it to make sure it sounds clear.
    5. Email it to us at: listener@tenpercent.com by September 27, 2021.

    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/scott-barry-kaufman-381

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Psychedelics and Meditation | Michael Pollan

    Psychedelics and Meditation | Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan has done more than perhaps anybody else in recent history to change the conversation on the use of psychedelic drugs, or plant medicine. He is author of the best selling book called How to Change Your Mind and he recently followed up with another book called This is Your Mind on Plants. Pollan is also the co-founder of the University of California Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, along with another recent podcast guest, Dacher Keltner. 

    In this conversation we talk about whether psychedelics and meditation can mix and the links between psychedelics, meditation and Buddhism; the universal human drive to change consciousness; and his experiences with the three plants that he focuses on in his new book: opium, caffeine, and mescaline.

    Please note: this episode contains conversations about depression, suicide, and substance use. 


    Here are the steps for sending us a question for our upcoming Work Life Series:
    1. Go to a quiet place and open the default voice memo recording app on your phone.
    2. Hold the phone about 8-10 inches from your face, then tap “record.”
    3. Tell us your name, where you’re from, and what your question is. Try to keep it to about a minute or so.
    4. Stop the recording, then check it to make sure it sounds clear.
    5. Email it to us at: listener@tenpercent.com by September 27, 2021.

    Download the Ten Percent Happier app today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install

    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/michael-pollan-380

    • 55 min
    Accepting the Unpleasant | Bonus Meditation with Joseph Goldstein

    Accepting the Unpleasant | Bonus Meditation with Joseph Goldstein

    Accepting the unpleasant: easier said than done. Joseph demonstrates how to overcome reactivity and build the skill of acceptance.

    About Joseph Goldstein:

    Joseph is one of the most respected meditation teachers in the world -- a key architect of the rise of mindfulness in our modern society -- with a sense of humor to boot. In the 1970's, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) alongside Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield. Since its founding, thousands of people from around the world have come to IMS to learn mindfulness from leaders in the field. Joseph has been a teacher there since its founding and continues as the resident guiding teacher.

    To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “Accepting the Unpleasant,” or click here: https://10percenthappier.app.link/content?meditation=296ad59c-5122-4d9f-b6fd-de245aa50ac0.

    • 8 min
    How to Get the Wisdom of Old Age Now | Dilip Jeste

    How to Get the Wisdom of Old Age Now | Dilip Jeste

    Happiness levels are really high when we’re young. They then steadily dip through our 20s, 30s, and 40s, and bottom out in our early 50s–at which point, they make a sharp and sudden rise. Then, through our 60s, 70s, and 80s, they are way above where we were in our youth. 

    Why is this? Why do we get happier even as our bodies are falling apart? Here’s another question: Why, from the standpoint of evolution, do humans stick around way past the point of reproductive age? The answer to all of these questions, per our guest today, is: wisdom. 

    Dr. Dilip Jeste is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good. In this conversation, we talk about how exactly he defines wisdom, what people of all ages can do to become wiser now, and the relationship between wisdom and loneliness.

    A quick content warning: this conversation includes references to sensitive topics, including suicide, substance abuse, and depression.


    Download the Ten Percent Happier app today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install

    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/dilip-jeste-379

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Life, Interrupted | Suleika Jaouad

    Life, Interrupted | Suleika Jaouad

    Here’s a thought experiment: how would you handle it if you got a terrible diagnosis?

    Of course, many of us have no choice but to find out. This is the situation Suleika Jaouad faced when she got gravely ill at a very young age. She had to figure out how to have a sense of agency when so much was out of her control, and how to stay awake and present when her life was hanging in the balance. 

    Suleika Jaouad is a journalist, author, speaker, cancer survivor, and the author of a book called Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted. She is also the creator of “Life, Interrupted,” the Emmy award-winning New York Times column and video series that she created from her hospital bed. 

    In this conversation, we talk about: Suleika’s journey from being diagnosed with leukemia as a young adult to her recovery today; managing your emotions in excruciating situations; handling an ocean of uncertainty; feeding your need for creativity and productivity when your body is in mutiny mode; and the immense value of strategically going easy on yourself, especially when you’re an ambitious person. 


    Download the Ten Percent Happier app today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install

    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/suleika-jaouad-378

    • 1 hr 4 min
    High-Fiving the Inner Critic | Bonus Meditation with La Sarmiento

    High-Fiving the Inner Critic | Bonus Meditation with La Sarmiento

    Today’s meditation is animated by two profound insights. The first is that we don’t just tend to listen to our inner critic–we tend to believe it. And the second is that the path forward requires us to treat our inner critic with compassion and kindness.

    About La Sarmiento:

    La Sarmiento is a meditation teacher and board president at the Insight Community of Washington, and the guiding teacher of its People of Color and LGBTQ communities. They are also a mentor in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

    • 9 min

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Excellent

Thank you so much for this podcast. What an amazing gift this has been to me! I’m learning so much!

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100 percent to 10 Percent!!

Started with the podcast and then the
app. Was hesitant at first but it has been an amazing support and have used it consistently for the 20 weeks I have been a member so far. Can choose a daily intention setting, a reset during my day and the best and very most helpful are the sleep!
I love love love the podcast and have been exposed to and learned from and been astonished and entertained by so many teachers . Dan does a great job speaking with them and sharing his own vulnerabilities. It is something I look forward to each week !

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What I most appreciate about the ten percent happier podcast and meditation app, besides the excellent content, is the sense of connection I feel with the instructors, though we have never met. It has been essential!

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