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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.
What’s Going on When You’re Procrastinating? | Jay Michaelson
Acknowledging the hard feelings that accompany procrastination can help you alleviate avoidance and accomplish the task at hand.
About Jay Michaelson:
Dr. Jay Michaelson is a Senior Content Strategist at Ten Percent Happier and the author of seven books on meditation, including his newest, Enlightenment by Trial and Error. In his “other career,” Jay is a columnist for The Daily Beast, and was a professional LGBTQ activist for ten years. Jay is an ordained rabbi and has taught meditation in secular, Buddhist, and Jewish context for eighteen years.
To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “Procrastination Medication,” or click here: https://10percenthappier.app.link/content?meditation=5d0ef603-6af6-4b9d-bc81-7920fbda1efa.
Time Management for Mortals | Oliver Burkeman
In a culture that values persistent productivity, one can be left feeling chronically behind.
In this episode, author and recovering time management junkie, Oliver Burkeman encourages us to stop scrambling to fit it all in by exploring the relationship between our mortality and getting things done.
Oliver Burkeman is the author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Former guest Adam Grant has called it, “The most important book ever written about time management.” This is Oliver’s second appearance on the show. Burkeman joined us on the show a few years ago to talk about his other book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. He also writes a bi-weekly email newsletter called The Imperfectionist.
In this conversation, we talk about:
Why accepting mortality is a crucial step in improving our relationship to time
His conviction that it’s not about being more efficient. It’s about knowing what to neglect
Patience as a superpower and the impatience spiral
The benefits of burning bridges
Becoming a better procrastinator
The benefits of rest
What he calls “cosmic insignificance therapy”
Practical tips, such as the “fixed volume approach to productivity,” the value of serialization, and strategic underachievement.
Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/oliver-burkeman-456
The Likeability Trap | Alicia Menendez
Our guest this week is Alicia Menendez, an award-winning journalist, who finds herself in a common position for many women: caring way too much about what others think of her. Be nice, but not too nice. Be successful, but not too successful. Just be likable, whatever that means. In the workplace strong women are often criticized for being cold, while warm women may be seen as pushovers. In her book, The Likeability Trap, and in this conversation, she discusses this issue and explains how and why both men and women should combat it.
In this conversation, we talk about:
The aforementioned likability trap
The structural imbalance in feedback for women and men in the workplace
The things for men to consider as they engage with women in the workplace
Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/alicia-menendez-212
A Meditation for Self-Criticism| Bonus Meditation with Diana Winston
Tune in mindfully to help alleviate the pain of feeling unworthy and cultivate more compassion and joy for yourself.
An Ace Therapist Gives Dan A Run For His Money | Dr. Jacob Ham
Trauma therapist Dr. Jacob Ham explores how to live with the hardest things that have happened to you and how he helps his patients learn how to be human.
How To Live With The Worst Things That Ever Happened To You | Stephanie Foo
Journalist, radio producer, and author Stephanie Foo shares her story of being diagnosed with Complex PTSD and how she learned to process her trauma and live with her past.
WAY more than 10% happier
I have listened to Dan’s podcasts daily. This is an important path towards shifting your own paradigm and constructing ways of thinking more fluidly. Sometimes we get caught in our own tunnel vision looking out into and experiencing the world, this tunnel vision traps us in our own version of reality. It’s only until we are provided the opportunity to see the world differently, that we are gifted a new lense to see ourselves and others in a more positive and more productive light. Thank you Dan for this beautiful gift.
Hi - You and Dr Ham lost me at the Hulk and the cartoon action characters. So bad.
Dan - you are so nice but stop trying so hard to force guests into giving your audience "take-always." We can figure them out on our own if the conversation is coherent.
Please flip your possessive perspective:::
I am not "your audience." I resent the possessive.
But if you want a possessive, then here it is:
you are my hour of something interesting to think about.
Except the parts about the Hulk. So really bad.
10% happier 90% at life
These program ( interviews) from Dan Harris , literally saved my life ; I will repeat; The 10% Happier literally took me out from a clinic suicidal depression , that is it. Others stuff helped, but not the amount of information and knowledge it offered me in a weekly base; Thank you! Thank You ! What a great and enjoyable place to grow and learn .
THANKS you Dan for your superb work!