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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.

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New episodes come out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
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.

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    A Mystery That Matters | Anil Seth

    A Mystery That Matters | Anil Seth

    This episode comes out for free on July 4th, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.
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    How, on this planet, did we go from molten lava and shifting tectonic plates to sentient beings? How are you awake and aware right now? Who and where and what exactly is the “you” that is experiencing everything?

    Guest Anil Seth says that exploring these questions can lead to real and radical changes in your life, including reducing your emotional reactivity.

    Seth is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness. His TED Talk on consciousness has been viewed over 13 million times. Most recently, he is the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness.

    In this episode we talk about:

    - How brains give rise to consciousness
    - The bundle theory of self
    - The comfort in thinking of the self as impermanent
    - A new way to think about emotional states
    - How Seth’s personal experience with long COVID has changed his own sense of self
    - The question of whether we have free will
    - Whether machines can be conscious – and whether we should be afraid of artificial intelligence



    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/anil-seth-469

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    Meditating on a Mystery | Bonus Meditation with JoAnna Hardy

    Meditating on a Mystery | Bonus Meditation with JoAnna Hardy

    This episode comes out for free on July 1st, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    What and who are you? In this advanced exploration, you are invited to contemplate what is and isn’t definable about your identity.

    About JoAnna Hardy:

    JoAnna Hardy is an insight meditation (Vipassanā) practitioner and teacher. She is also on the faculty at the University of Southern California, a meditation trainer at Apple Fitness+, a founding member of the Meditation Coalition, a teacher's council member at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and a visiting retreat teacher at Insight Meditation Society.

    To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for ”Exploring Identity,” or click here: https://10percenthappier.app.link/content?meditation=a40fbc27-1341-496e-978a-3e462fce5bc0.

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    Five Ways to be Less Distracted | Shaila Catherine

    Five Ways to be Less Distracted | Shaila Catherine

    This episode comes out for free on June 29th, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    One of the most common and insidious complaints of meditators is distraction, which can be a frustrating and difficult obstacle. Even the Buddha himself acknowledged this common problem and laid out some detailed practices for dealing with it.

    In this episode, Shaila Catherine outlines the Buddha’s five strategies to help us tackle distractions, which can be applied to our meditation practice as well as other aspects of our lives.

    Catherine is a dharma teacher whose latest book is called Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind. She is also the founder and principal teacher at Insight Meditation South Bay and has 40 years of practice, including nine years, cumulatively, of silent retreat. Her first TPH appearance, which we called How to Focus, aired in May 2021.


    In this episode we talk about:

    - The Buddha’s struggles with distraction
    - Shaila’s attempts to make the teachings of the Buddha accessible to contemporary minds
    - The importance of getting to know your own thought patterns
    - The counterintuitive strategy of “avoid it, ignore it, forget it”
    - Replacing seduction with mindfulness
    - Developing a flexibility of mind
    - Why we’re vulnerable to our own tendencies when we’re not mindful


    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/shaila-catherine-467

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    The Science of Handling Uncertainty | Maya Shankar

    The Science of Handling Uncertainty | Maya Shankar

    Cognitive scientist Maya Shankar talks about how to get comfortable with uncertainty in an ever-changing world.

    • 59 min
    Dismantling Perfectionism | Bonus Meditation with La Sarmiento

    Dismantling Perfectionism | Bonus Meditation with La Sarmiento

    Nourish yourself with some kindness and shift away from self-criticism towards accepting yourself fully, even your hardest parts.

    • 6 min
    How to Keep Friendships From Imploding | Esther Perel

    How to Keep Friendships From Imploding | Esther Perel

    Legendary psychotherapist Esther Perel explores how our friendships work, why they are vital, and what we can do to improve and sustain them.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8.8K Ratings

8.8K Ratings

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Continuing to bring diverse voices to mindfulness

In the last few months, 10% happier had adrienne maree brown, JVN, Stephanie Foo, and Jacob Ham on the show. I’ve always been a fan of adrienne maree brown & JVN’s book so it was so nice to see them be featured in the podcast. I really appreciate the diversity in voices — especially the dual episode with Jacob Ham & Stephanie Foo. Hearing more AAPI voices around mental health is so important and I have shared their episodes with many people. This podcast will bring in the principles of meditation & Buddhism and also backed by science. Now I feel they are bringing in more diverse voices into their storytelling and I absolutely love how relatable it is & feel more connected to the stories. Thank you for also helping me with adding more books to my “want to read” list.

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Somehow I was led today to land on The Ten Percent Happier podcast, and then, even more serendipitously, I listened to exactly the interview I needed. Dan Harris has an overall upbeat, intelligent, compassionate tone that's just the remedy for too much overwhelming and distressing news. He focuses in on what we actually can do to make our inner and outer world a better place.

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