Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, 10% Happier. On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.
Jameela Jamil on Mental Self-Defense
Our guest for our 400th episode is actor and activist Jameela Jamil, who (alongside her acting career) is known for launching a movement, platform, and podcast called I Weigh.
An Ancient Antidote to Holiday Stress | Bonus Meditation with Sebene Selassie
This meditation will explore an ancient meditation on the classical elements of matter, helping you connect more deeply with your body.
How to Get Out of Your Head | Willa Blythe Baker
Willa Blythe Baker on how to get out of our heads to escape the internal noise and chatter.
The Right Kind of Suffering | Paul Bloom
Is there a good kind of suffering? This episode with Paul Bloom explores that question.
How Not To Be Owned By Your Emotions | Bonus Meditation with Joseph Goldstein
Joseph teaches you how to authentically accept difficult emotions to make them more manageable and less overwhelming.
Best of the Archives: How Your Emotions Are Made | Lisa Feldman Barrett
Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett is at the forefront of understanding human emotions: what they are, why humans evolved to have them, how they’re different from feelings, and what science says about how to manage them.
It is in the top three of purchases that has changed my life. I can’t imagine where I would be if I hadn’t started listening to this podcast.
This Podcast Inspires me to Practice Mindfulness
Dan invites a wide variety of interesting guests who offer helpful and practical suggestions about meditation, mindfulness, spiritual practice, and life in general. He asks great questions from the point of view of his listeners, prompting his guests to address concerns many listeners may have. Additionally, he shares helpful experiences and challenges from his own spiritual practice, which includes receiving meditation teachings from Joseph Goldstein. Dan knows his stuff, seems to almost always provide some sort of takeaway that listeners can apply to their lives, and has introduced me to other helpful podcasts and books put out by his guests. Well worth my time to listen to the 10% Happier podcast.
I am a longtime listener so it pains me to write this, but I just can’t get through an episode anymore. Most of the recent episodes are focused on pop science, life hacks, and culture topics, and are almost insufferable. I am so tired of hearing about psychology and life hacks! Wish he’d go back to the original spirit of the show. Sorry Dan, might have to drop off for a while.