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10% Happier with Dan Harris

ABC News

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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...Show More
#142: Jeremy Richman, 'There Is Hope in Helping'

1:04:38 | Jul 4th, 2018

Jeremy Richman remembers his daughter Avielle as a fun spirit with "this unbelievable smile that she would just give out to anybody," who was as happy playing dress-up as a fairy at a ball as she was practicing Kung Fu and shooting a bow and arrow ou...Show More
#120: Tim Ferriss, Host of 'The Tim Ferriss Show,' Author

1:05:25 | Jan 31st, 2018

Tim Ferriss, the host of "The Tim Ferriss Show" podcast and the author of several best-selling books, including "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," has built an entire empire around offering life-hacking advice, but when someone suggested h...Show More
#177: Mirabai Bush, Conversations on Loving and Dying

1:07:02 | Mar 6th

This week's guest, Mirabai Bush, has co-written a book with spiritual teacher Ram Dass entitled "Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying. In the book, and in our conversation, Bush explores how death can help us cultivate gratitude...Show More
#116: Manoush Zomorodi, Host of 'Note to Self' Podcast

58:39 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Manoush Zomorodi, the host of WNYC's "Note to Self" podcast, is an advocate for boredom because allowing our minds to wander, she says, can lead to problem solving and fresh ideas. Her book, "Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most ...Show More
#14: RuPaul

36:57 | May 12th, 2016

When he was 28 years old, RuPaul Andre Charles found himself broke and living on his little sister's couch in Los Angeles. "It was a really, really, really dark, dark period for me." That�s when RuPaul, now the world's most famous drag queen, started...Show More
#201: Doing "The Work," Byron Katie

1:10:09 | Aug 21st

At 43 years old, Byron Katie was unhappily married, suffered from depression and agoraphobia and was addicted to codeine and alcohol. In fact, she felt so much self-hatred, she slept on the floor believing she did not deserve a bed. Yet in the midst...Show More
#200: Sharon Salzberg, A Meditation Master Stares Down Death

1:28:14 | Aug 14th

World-renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg recently faced a very serious health scare and a true test of her decades of practice. In this very candid conversation Sharon tells us what happened to her, how her mindfulness training took over to ...Show More
#199: Patrick Dempsey, Meditation: The Secret to His Success

1:09:36 | Aug 7th

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 s...Show More
#198: Meditation And Loss, Dean Valoras

1:18:01 | Jul 31st

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 excit...Show More
#197: Escape from Zombieland, Koshin Paley Ellison

1:30:08 | Jul 24th

Human beings are wired for social connection. Sadly, thanks in large part to the internet, mobile phones and social media, we are seeing an increase in social isolation. Zen teacher and psychotherapist Koshin Paley Ellison refers to this diminishing ...Show More
#196: Stress Better, Modupe Akinola

1:43:45 | Jul 17th

We all encounter stress, but what we sometimes overlook is that stress can be useful, it is, after all, built into us by evolution. Our guest this week teaches how to distinguish between good and bad stress and how to make it work for us. Modupe Aki...Show More
#195: Inveterate Fretter, Accidental Buddhist, Sylvia Boorstein

1:12:13 | Jul 10th

If there was such a thing as a mind-ectomy or a mind transplant, our guest this week, Sylvia Boorstein, tells us she would have had it, confiding, "I need a mind that doesn't make up worries about something that didn't even happen yet." She calls her...Show More
#194: Atomic Habits, James Clear

1:23:34 | Jul 3rd

An athlete as a kid, a devastating sports injury would change James Clear's life forever. While a sophomore in high school, a baseball bat struck Clear in the face, resulting in massive head trauma. He would need to relearn very basic skills to fun...Show More
#193: Enough-ness and the Hungry Ghost, Narayan Liebenson

1:31:21 | Jun 26th

Most kids are not spending their time in solitude exploring the abilities of the mind. In that way, Narayan Liebenson was not like most kids. Fascinated with the mind since a young age, she has led a life studying meditation in different traditions. ...Show More
#192: The Art of Growing Up, Jerry Colonna

1:12:46 | Jun 19th

Jerry Colonna is the CEO and co-founder of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm committed to the notion that better humans make better leaders. For nearly 20 years, he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, executiv...Show More
#191: Can Meditation Improve Politics? Chris Ruane and Jamie Bristow

1:08:31 | Jun 12th

Chris Ruane has been a member of the British Parliament for more than 20 years. As a meditation and mindfulness practitioner, he wanted to share the benefits of these practices with his colleagues in government. In 2013, he set up free mindfulness cl...Show More
#190: The Fundamental Mystery of the Mind, Annaka Harris

1:14:14 | Jun 5th

As a child Annaka Harris suffered from migraines. Searching for ways to cope with that pain, she became curious - wondering "what is this pain" and "where is it coming from?" The line of questioning shifted her perspective and propelled her into a qu...Show More
#189: Type A Nun, Mindful Parenting, and Natural Awareness, Diana Winston

1:15:40 | May 29th

Diana Winston first learned about meditation as a kid, but it wasn�t until she traveled to Asia following college that her practice really took off. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burm...Show More
#188: Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport

1:27:57 | May 22nd

It�s hard to deny our society�s increasing dependence on, if not addiction to, email, apps and social media. If we recognize it as a problem, then how do we fix it? Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University and the author ...Show More
#187: Is Enlightenment Possible for Regular People, Daniel M. Ingram

1:59:33 | May 15th

Daniel M. Ingram sparked controversy in the Buddhist world when he declared himself to be an arahat, the term commonly used for a person who has reached the final stage of enlightenment. In this week's episode, Ingram responds to his critics and deta...Show More
#186: The Importance of Dying Before You Die, Helen Tworkov

1:29:18 | May 8th

Helen Tworkov first encountered Buddhism in Nepal during the 1960's and has studied in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. She has also studied with Mingyur Rinpoche, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist meditation master. Together they have written the bo...Show More
#185: Bren� Brown, Vulnerability: The Key to Courage

1:20:05 | May 1st

Bren� 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 vulnera...Show More
#184: The Zen Priest with an MBA, Marc Lesser

1:29:45 | Apr 24th

At just 21 years old Marc Lesser took a year-long leave from his education to explore meditation. His one year leave would turn into 10 when he became the director of the first Zen monastery in the western world. He�s a Zen priest, an avid meditator ...Show More
#183: Fighting Depression with Social Connection, Johann Hari

1:53:30 | Apr 17th

Suffering from his own long battle with depression, social scientist and author Johann Hari yearned for a greater understanding of what caused it and what might help combat it. Hari set out on a journey to not only meet the leading experts on depress...Show More
#182: Imposter Syndrome, Politics and Sensuality, Dr. Jay Michaelson

1:22:34 | Apr 10th

Our guest this week, Jay Michaelson, wears many hats. He is the author of six books and over three hundred articles on religion, sexuality, law, and contemplative practice. He is a columnist for The Daily Beast and is a frequent commentator on NPR an...Show More
#181: Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Life After Suicide

1:17:36 | Apr 3rd

With suicide being the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, the likelihood is that nearly every person in this country knows someone who has died by suicide. In just the last couple of weeks, we learned of the suicides of three people li...Show More
#180: Dolly Chugh, How Good People Fight Bias

1:27:08 | Mar 27th

We all have biases, and only by acknowledging them can we make a conscious decision to not act on them. That's one of the teachings of our guest this week, award-winning psychologist Dolly Chugh, who studies the psychology of human bias. She's also t...Show More
#179: Anuradha Bhagwati, Activism Against Military Sexual Assault

1:27:16 | Mar 20th

Our guest this week, Anuradha Bhagwati, is a writer, activist, yoga and meditation teacher, and Marine Corps veteran. She founded the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), which brought national attention to sexual violence in the military and helpe...Show More
#178: Gretchen Rubin, Outer Order, Inner Calm

1:23:08 | Mar 13th

Gretchen Rubin describes herself as a writer who relentlessly explores human nature to understand how we can make our lives better. Through her bestselling books and her award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she shares strategies that h...Show More
#176: Arthur C. Brooks, Love Your Enemies

1:45:47 | Feb 27th

Social scientist, author and podcast host Arthur C. Brooks believes America has developed a "culture of contempt." He feels we increasingly view people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect or misguided, but as worthless, which is warping poli...Show More
#175: Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, The Mind of the Leader

1:10:22 | Feb 20th

Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter from the Potential Project discuss their mission of enhancing performance for leaders and large organizations through mindfulness. Potential Project believes we can cocreate a more peaceful and kinder world by he...Show More
#174: Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, The New Right Stuff

1:02:38 | Feb 13th

Having dreamed of space since she was a little girl, Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides wants to use the power of space to shift our perspectives, connect us with each other and our home planet and become the kind of species we would be proud to send to the ...Show More
#173: Sam Harris and Dan Harris Live Show

1:16:57 | Feb 6th

Neuroscientist, philosopher, best-selling author and podcast host Sam Harris teams up with Dan this week for a special podcast recorded in front of a live audience. Dan and Sam discuss a variety of topics including what meditation is and what it isn'...Show More
#172: Mark Epstein, Combining Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy

1:09:03 | Jan 30th

If it were not for this week's guest, Dan Harris may never have found meditation. Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Dr. Epstein discovered Buddhism at a young a...Show More
#171: Frank Ostaseski, What Death Can Teach Us About Living

1:26:38 | Jan 23rd

Frank Ostaseski experienced death at a young age, losing his mother as a teenager and his father just a few years later. In his search for healing, he found meditation. With this as his foundation, Ostaseski would go on to become a pioneer in end-of-...Show More
#170: Ellen Hendriksen, Rising Above Social Anxiety

1:04:48 | Jan 16th

You remember that old commercial where the guys says, "I'm not only the Hair Club President, but I�m also a client."? That's kind of how Ellen Hendriksen sees herself. She's a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their a...Show More
#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking

1:14:00 | Jan 9th

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 f...Show More
#168: Jeff Warren, New Year, New You

1:15:43 | Jan 2nd

With the new year upon us, it's the perfect time to help you make those resolutions stick. This week Dan Harris and his "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" co-author, meditation instructor Jeff Warren, listen to and answer your questions about how to b...Show More
#167: Ben Feder, Making Every Day a Sabbatical

48:57 | Dec 26th, 2018

Ben Feder was the CEO of a tremendously successful company, but it was coming at great personal cost. Returning home from his worldwide business travels, he greeted his family, only to realize how disconnected he felt from them. For years he had sacr...Show More
#166: Paula Faris, Journey of Faith

1:14:24 | Dec 19th, 2018

You may know Paula Faris as the former co-host of ABC's The View or Dan's former co-anchor on ABC's Good Morning America weekend edition. What you don't know is why she decided to leave these TWO dream jobs, and the role that meditation and her faith...Show More
#165: Oren Jay Sofer, Practicing Mindful Communication

1:11:39 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 som...Show More
#164: Ruth King, Being Mindful of Race

1:26:04 | Dec 5th, 2018

For many years it was Ruth King's job to work with large corporations, making them aware of racial bias within their company and helping them rectify it through diversity training and leadership development programs. Over time, for a variety of reaso...Show More
#163: Michael Gelb, Applying Genius Thinking

1:13:52 | Nov 28th, 2018

Michael Gelb found his calling during a tumultuous time in American history. It was during the polarized 1970s Gelb decided he wanted to look for ways to help people clearly think through and debate real issues. He found meditation to be a good start...Show More
#162: Amos Lee, Reaching Out Through Music

55:19 | Nov 21st, 2018

Musician Amos Lee started meditating in college as a way to cope with his mother's breast cancer diagnosis and his own Generalized Anxiety Disorder. For two years, he was going on retreats and meditating two hours a day. Lee knows what it's like to f...Show More
#161: Matt Gutman, The Boys in the Cave

1:03:25 | Nov 14th, 2018

ABC News Senior National Correspondent Matt Gutman is, unfortunately, no stranger to tragedy, both in his career as a journalist and his personal life. He learned the practice of meditation at just 12 years old, mere months before his father would be...Show More
#158: Tal Rabinowitz, Forgoing Hollywood, Finding Meditation

56:45 | Oct 24th, 2018

Tal Rabinowitz was a top executive at NBC, developing some of the network�s high profile comedy programs, but after nearly 20 years in the business she was let go. And then, SHE let go. Rabinowitz found herself burned out and ready to take her career...Show More
#158: Tal Rabinowitz, Forgoing Hollywood and Finding Meditation

56:45 | Oct 24th, 2018

Tal Rabinowitz was a top executive at NBC, developing some of the network's high profile comedy programs, but after nearly 20 years in the business she was let go. And then, SHE let go. Rabinowitz found herself burned out and ready to take her career...Show More
#157: Adam Grant, The Benefits of Generosity

1:14:30 | Oct 17th, 2018

Kindness has a bad rap, often being viewed as a sign of weakness. But Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton's highest-rated professor, tells Dan Harris good guys don't have to finish last. In fact, Givers, those willing to help others...Show More
#156: Shawn Achor, The Science Behind Gratitude

1:16:10 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 ma...Show More
#155: Strauss Zelnick, Becoming Ageless

1:08:01 | Oct 3rd, 2018

At just 32 years old Strauss Zelnick became the president and chief operating officer of 20th Century Fox. He was young, successful and appeared to have it all, but internally he was struggling. Zelnick says he was unhappy, anxious all the time and...Show More
#154: Susan Piver, Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships

1:15:02 | Sep 26th, 2018

Susan Piver was a tough girl. Like, crime-fighting, head of the Boston chapter of the Guardian Angels tough. After nearly being killed by a drunk driver, her path led her to yoga, meditation and Buddhism -- which, by her own admission, made her "soft...Show More
#153: Brett Eldredge, Country Star Discusses His Vulnerability

1:10:10 | Sep 19th, 2018

Platinum-selling country artist Brett Eldredge has the headlining tour, the sold-out venues, the number one hits and an Insta-famous dog named Edgar, but through all his successes, the singer/songwriter says he has long struggled with panic attacks a...Show More
#152: Scott Rogers, Embracing Your Adversary

59:35 | Sep 12th, 2018

While working on a difficult case with some particularly difficult opposing council, Scott Rogers said he had a moment during a mindfulness sitting when he realized the way he was dealing with the matter of litigation wasn't reducing that quality of ...Show More
#151: Dan St. Germain, 'Takes a Village to Keep Me Going'

56:52 | Sep 5th, 2018

Comedian and writer Dan St. Germain has earned laughs on "The Break with Michelle Wolf," "Superior Donuts," The White House Correspondents Dinner, his stand-up routines and many more, but behind it all, he has struggled with substance abuse, anxiety ...Show More
#150: Mallika Chopra, Introducing Middle Schoolers to Meditation

55:21 | Aug 29th, 2018

Mallika Chopra calls meditation "a great gift" to her life, not only because she said it causes a dramatically positive change in her father, Deepak Chopra, but also because it has helped her through her own parenting journey of raising two daughters...Show More
#149: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, 'Potential of Tsewa Is in Everyone'

1:11:28 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose most recent book is "Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World," believes it's possible for all humans to develop compassion towards each other, but it...Show More
#148: Thomas McConkie, The Mormon Meditator

52:04 | Aug 15th, 2018

Having been raised in the Mormon faith, Thomas McConkie was feeling a little lost after he had a falling out with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his family and his faith-based community. When he started going to a Zen meditation cen...Show More
#147: Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle Co-Founder

1:02:31 | Aug 8th, 2018

After having two kids, Elizabeth Cutler had a friend suggest she try spin classes as a way to lose weight and less than a year later, she and her business partner Julie Rice launched SoulCycle. After the pair sold the multimillion-dollar company in 2...Show More
#146: Culture Abuse, Finding Peace in Punk Rock

1:14:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

For a long time, Culture Abuse's 31-year-old frontman David Kelling didn't want to perform in public. As all five members of the San Francisco-based punk band opened up about things they've tried to work through, Kelling, who has Cerebral palsy, said...Show More
#145: Light Watkins, 'Simplify the Approach'

1:02:51 | Jul 25th, 2018

"There was more snowstorms than meditators in Alabama when I was growing up," said Light Watkins, who started a career as a working model before switching gears to become a yoga teacher and then dove into the world of Vedic meditation. With his newes...Show More
#144: Spring Washam, 'What Was Creating All This Suffering?'

1:09:05 | Jul 18th, 2018

Spring Washam was on a meditation retreat when she felt herself falling apart, so much so that she picked up "the red phone," screamed out "HELP." That moment launched Washam onto a "whole other journey" to work through her past and find sources of h...Show More
#143: Scott Edelstein, When Spiritual Leaders 'Stray'

1:06:31 | Jul 11th, 2018

Spiritual leaders often have great influence over their followers but there are times, author Scott Edelstein says, when some leaders will use their position of power to manipulate, shame and abuse others. Edelstein discusses how spiritual leaders ca...Show More
#141: Alison Wright, World-Traveling Photographer

1:08:58 | Jun 27th, 2018

Her body badly broken in a horrific bus crash in Laos, Alison Wright was still trying to breathe as she realized that she may not make it out alive. But not only did she survive, the award-winning National Geographic photographer called upon her year...Show More
#140: Scott Norton, The Condiments Guy Who Meditates

52:43 | Jun 20th, 2018

Since invading the condiments market with Sir Kensington's, a line of ketchup, mustard and other spreads, company co-founder Scott Norton said meditation has helped him slow down and have better self-assessment under the stress of managing a start-up...Show More
#139: Diana Butler Bass, 100 Days of Gratitude

1:05:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

Author and religion scholar Diana Butler Bass has tried on many forms of Christianity, from growing up Methodist to becoming an Evangelical Christian for years and then joining the Episcopal Church, where she started exploring Centering Prayer and ev...Show More
#138: Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Meditating While Having ADHD

57:09 | Jun 6th, 2018

Stephanie Sarkis, an author and expert in ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder and chronic pain, brings a unique perspective to her work because she herself struggles with ADHD and anxiety. Working mostly with adults, from college-age on...Show More
#137: Roshi Joan Halifax, 'Turning Towards the Suffering'

1:08:39 | May 30th, 2018

Roshi Joan Halifax came to New York City by way of New Orleans in the '60s with a thirst to engage in social justice, protesting "everything related to discrimination," she said, and the Vietnam War. Halifax, whose latest book is called "Standing at ...Show More
#136: Sally Kohn, 'We Need to Fix Hate'

1:16:25 | May 23rd, 2018

It was around the time she decided to go on her second meditation retreat that Sally Kohn, a gay, Jewish, community organizer turned political commentator, took a job as a commentator for Fox News. In her TV career -- she's now a commentator for CNN ...Show More
#135: Paul Gilmartin, The Battles in Our Heads, Uncensored

59:08 | May 16th, 2018

Comedian Paul Gilmartin was the host of TV's "Dinner and a Movie" for 16 years, but smiling and acting happy on-screen often "felt like lifting 500 pounds," he said, as he struggled behind the scenes with depression and even contemplated suicide. Whe...Show More
#134: Thupten Jinpa, The Importance of Compassion - LIVE!

1:27:47 | May 9th, 2018

Dan Harris leads a conversation with Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama's longtime English-language translator and a monk for over 25 years, about the uses for compassion meditation in today's culture in front of a live audience at the Asia Society in New...Show More
#133: Catherine Price, Redefining Your Relationship with Your Phone

54:59 | May 2nd, 2018

It was an "out of body moment," Catherine Price said, when she realized her newborn daughter had been looking up at her but she had been looking down on her phone, scrolling through antique door knobs on eBay. It led the "How To Break Up With Your Ph...Show More
#132: George Haas, Regulating the 'Fear Mind'

47:23 | Apr 25th, 2018

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,...Show More
#131: Ezra Klein, How We Interact with Politics Matters

1:24:13 | Apr 18th, 2018

Vox's editor-at-large and journalist Ezra Klein, formerly of The Washington Post, has made a name for himself as a political commentator, finding context within the chaos of our political scene and exploring the idea of what a political system would ...Show More
#130: Janice Marturano, How to Be a Better Boss

1:14:55 | Apr 11th, 2018

Janice Marturano was a vice president at General Mills working on the Pillsbury merger deal in 2000 when she lost both her parents, and began a regular meditation practice as a way to soothe stress at work and in her personal life. Noticing the relie...Show More
#129: Daniel Pink, 'When' Can Make a Big Difference

1:07:27 | Apr 4th, 2018

"All of us in our lives make decisions about when to do things. 'When should I work out? When should I do this kind of work, when should I do that kind of work? When should I start a project, when should I abandon a project?' ... and the best time of...Show More
#128: Andrea Petersen, Untangling from Anxiety

57:18 | Mar 28th, 2018

When author and Wall Street Journal reporter Andrea Petersen was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at age 20, she was relieved to finally have a name for the thing that had controlled most of her life to the point where she feared walking up a fligh...Show More
#127: Lewis Howes, Former Pro-Athlete on Removing 'Mask of Masculinity'

1:08:37 | Mar 21st, 2018

As a former pro-football player and two sport All-American, world-record holding athlete, Lewis Howes built his life around being the tough, "get back up and play" jock, and it took him a long time to learn how to shed "The Mask of Masculinity," to r...Show More
#126: Hansa Bergwall, Reminding Us That We Die So That We Live

47:38 | Mar 14th, 2018

The WeCroak app, which sends reminders that you're going to die -- five times a day, is not meant to be morbid, founder Hansa Bergwall said, but to make us stop and appreciate the moment we're living in. "Remembering that you're going to die is reall...Show More
#125: Lt. Col. Jannell MacAulay, Teaching 'Mental Push-ups' in US Air Force

50:27 | Mar 7th, 2018

Dr. Jannell MacAulay, a lieutenant colonel and flight instructor in the United States Air Force with over 3,000 flying hours as a combat veteran, sees mindfulness meditation as national security asset. A former commander of the 400-member joint 305th...Show More
#124: Rhonda Magee, Law Professor Using Mindfulness to Defeat Bias

1:06:42 | Feb 28th, 2018

"Part of what I have decided for myself - it's a decision - I don't want to be part of the pain, creating more pain in the world, for myself or for others," said Rhonda Magee, a law professor at University of San Francisco. "So it's that capacity wit...Show More
#123: Brad Katsuyama, Wall Street Reformer

59:02 | Feb 21st, 2018

Brad Katsuyama's blood pressure levels were "out of control" and he decided to make a significant change in his life. The Canada native left his job at Royal Bank of Canada, began a regular meditation practice and started IEX, a stock exchange that t...Show More
#122: Bob Roth, Meditation Teacher to the Stars

1:04:03 | Feb 14th, 2018

Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and David Letterman are just some of the dozens of celebrities who sought out Bob Roth to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM), a mantra-focused meditation practice. Roth, who has been a meditation teacher for over 40 years a...Show More
#121: Susan Kaiser Greenland and Annaka Harris, Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

55:38 | Feb 7th, 2018

Susan Kaiser Greenland, an author and former corporate attorney, and Annaka Harris, an author and editor, work together to teach mindfulness meditation to children and their families through Greenland's Inner Kids Foundation. They offer advice for pa...Show More
#119: Yael Shy, Helping College Students Fight Stress and FOMO

1:08:52 | Jan 24th, 2018

Yael Shy, the author of "What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond," says she came to meditation from "a lot of suffering" as a student at New York University in 2001 -- the same year the World Trade Center towers fell near her New York City ...Show More
#118: Danica Patrick, Racing Superstar

35:52 | Jan 17th, 2018

Danica Patrick is one of the most successful female drivers in racing history, having been the first and only woman to win an IndyCar race. Since becoming a staple on the race track, Patrick has expanded her repertoire to include owning a winery, lau...Show More
#117: James Altucher, Master of Reinvention

1:04:12 | Jan 10th, 2018

James Altucher, an entrepreneur, writer and host of "The James Altucher Show" podcast, is a master of reinvention, so much in fact that the title of one of his 18 books is "Reinvent Yourself." Altucher has built and sold numerous companies (and made ...Show More
#115: Your Meditation Questions, Answered!

52:45 | Dec 27th, 2017

We close out the year by hearing from you, our loyal listeners! We recently set up a voicemail where listeners left questions for our host Dan Harris and he answers a selection of them that range from how to start a practice, how to tell your friends...Show More
#114: Dr. Bianca Harris

1:02:14 | Dec 20th, 2017

Dan interviews his wife, Bianca Harris, who is a big part of the storyline in his new book, "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book." She resisted starting a meditation practice for years, but has recently made a change. The book ...Show More
#113: Jeff Warren, After the '10% Happier' Road Trip

1:12:46 | Dec 13th, 2017

Meditation teacher and writer Jeff Warren and our host Dan Harris reflect on their January 2017 road trip, in which they traveled from New York City to Los Angeles to talk with people about what keeps them from meditating, and in the process, the two...Show More
#112: Dr. David Vago, This Is Your Brain on Meditation

58:45 | Dec 6th, 2017

There has been an explosion of research in recent years on what meditation does to the brain, but as neuroscientist Dave Vago points out, the science of putting meditation under neuro-imaging is still quite young. Vago, the research director for the ...Show More
#111: Ginger Zee, ABC News Chief Meteorologist (Bonus!)

55:22 | Dec 1st, 2017

On "Good Morning America," Ginger Zee is known as ABC News' bright, always-smiling chief meteorologist, but now she is sharing that, in reality, she has long battled storms within herself. Zee, who was born Ginger Zuidgeest, discusses her new memoir,...Show More
#110: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, 'The Lost Art of Good Conversation'

35:39 | Nov 29th, 2017

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International, has a new book out called, "The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life" -- poignant for this time o...Show More
Guided Meditation: 'A Reflection On the Important Things' by The Minimalists

04:37 | Nov 23rd, 2017

With the holidays (and shopping season) upon us, we asked our friends The Minimalists (Ep. #32) for a short meditation to help us focus on what's truly important.
#109: Bonnie St. John, Former Olympic Skier, Motivational Speaker

44:23 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Author, motivational speaker and former pro-skier Bonnie St. John had her right leg amputated at age 5, but that has never slowed her down. The San Diego native made a Paralympics run in 1984 and became the first African-American to win medals in Win...Show More
#108: Charles Raison & Vladimir Maletic, Tackling Depression with a Mind-Body Approach

1:03:51 | Nov 15th, 2017

Chuck Raison, a psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and Vlad Maletic, a clinical professor of neuropsychiatry and behavior science at the University of South Carolina...Show More
#107: Andrew Scheffer, The Wharton Monk

1:01:24 | Nov 8th, 2017

Andrew Scheffer's decision to try meditation after his freshman year of college launched him on a journey where he traveled the world, spent over a year training as a Buddhist monk and worked with the famed Buddhist master, Sayadaw U Pandita, before ...Show More
#106: Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund Co-Founder

43:19 | Nov 1st, 2017

Growing up in a post-9/11 Pakistan, Shiza Shahid had what she called an "activist childhood," where she volunteered in prisons, refugee camps and disaster relief efforts after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. When the Taliban issued an edict banning girl...Show More
#105: Leslie Booker, Activism and the Dharma

54:45 | Oct 25th, 2017

Leslie Booker was working as a wardrobe stylist, dressing models for a living, and was looking for a way to transition out of the industry and her winding path -- she lives a nomadic lifestyle -- eventually brought her to becoming a meditation teache...Show More
#104: Adam Levin, X Ambassadors Drummer

32:17 | Oct 18th, 2017

As the X Ambassadors' fame grew, drummer Adam Levin noticed he was always waiting for something to go wrong. With more success, came more anxiety, "and that's not a fun way to live," he said. Levin talks about how the rock star life drove him to medi...Show More
#103: Sally Quinn, Walking the Labyrinth

1:03:41 | Oct 11th, 2017

When author and journalist Sally Quinn needs a moment of peace or clarity, she said, "I walk the labyrinth." A labyrinth walk has long represented a journey or pilgrimage and Quinn uses it for walking meditation -- her late husband, legendary Washing...Show More
#102: Anderson Cooper, CNN Anchor

40:43 | Oct 4th, 2017

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 len...Show More
#101: Nicholas Hoult & Danny Strong, 'Rebel in the Rye'

31:49 | Sep 27th, 2017

The new biopic about reclusive author J.D. Salinger explores his formative years, from struggling writer, to serving in World War II, to publishing his famous and controversial 1951 novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," to using meditation to deal with PT...Show More
#100: Tom Bergeron, 'Dancing With the Stars' Host

38:13 | Sep 20th, 2017

On a live show, anything can happen, but Tom Bergeron trusts he can handle it. The host of ABC's hit dancing competition show, "Dancing With the Stars," has been meditating for over 35 years and credits his years of TM practice for keeping his cool a...Show More
#99: Gretchen Rubin, 'The Four Tendencies'

1:00:21 | Sep 13th, 2017

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,...Show More
#98: Daniel Goleman, Dr. Richard Davidson, 'Altered Traits' (Bonus!)

1:11:08 | Sep 8th, 2017

Dan Goleman and Richie Davidson, both titans in their respective fields and best-selling authors, have co-written a new book out now entitled, "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body." Goleman, a renowned psy...Show More
#97: Justin von Bujdoss, Buddhist Chaplain at Rikers Island

47:20 | Sep 6th, 2017

Justin von Bujdoss was working as a hospice chaplain in New York City, traveling all over the five boroughs and greater metropolitan area to visit patients, when he began volunteering at the city's notorious Rikers Island Jail. Von Bujdoss started ou...Show More
#96: Jaimal Yogis, A Surfer's Quest for Zen

46:19 | Aug 30th, 2017

Being out on a surfboard, when it's just you and the ocean, is "a meditative space," Jaimal Yogis said, "There's a certain amount of solitude that's just built into the experience." The longtime surfer and meditation teacher talks about his first mem...Show More
#95: Robert Wright, 'Why Buddhism is True' (Bonus!)

1:02:49 | Aug 25th, 2017

"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, ...Show More
#94: LeAnn Rimes, Grammy-Winning Artist

24:40 | Aug 23rd, 2017

LeAnn Rimes has been making a name for herself and her powerful voice since her early teens -- she's the youngest person ever to win a Grammy -- and the country music star's career includes writing books and appearing in TV series and movies, includi...Show More
#93: Ethan Nichtern, 'The Dharma of The Princess Bride'

1:01:20 | Aug 16th, 2017

"I don�t claim that ['The Princess Bride'] is a Buddhist story, but I do think it has some Buddhist elements," Ethan Nichtern said. "It's a deconstructed fairytale that's... really about trying to navigate relationships from this space of compassiona...Show More
#92: Moby and Google's Bill Duane at Wanderlust Hollywood (Live!)

50:50 | Aug 9th, 2017

In the final installment from the "10% Happier" road trip, Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren ended their cross-country tour at a Wanderlust Hollywood event in February, where they hosted a live discussion and Q&A with recording artist Mob...Show More
#91: Anurag Gupta, Attorney 'Hacking' Unconscious Bias

50:12 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Anurag Gupta, who immigrated to the U.S. from India at age 10, has devoted much of his adult life to helping reduce racial inequality and transform bias into awareness and understanding with mindfulness techniques. An attorney and mindfulness expert,...Show More
#90: Rich Roll, Vegan Ultra-Endurance Athlete

38:39 | Jul 26th, 2017

Shortly before his 40th birthday, Rich Roll was walking up a flight of stairs when he suddenly felt like he was about to have a heart attack. That terrifying moment led the former entertainment attorney, who had already been through rehab for alcohol...Show More
#89: Lt. Richard Goerling, Mindfulness in Police Work

54:30 | Jul 19th, 2017

At a time when there have been controversial police shootings of unarmed civilians and many officers risking their lives to protect their communities feel under siege, one potentially constructive element being introduced into this highly-charged atm...Show More
Guided Meditation: Getting Out Of Your Head in an Age of Polarization

08:21 | Jul 17th, 2017

It's easy to become addicted to the constant stream of information coming at us from the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and our own desire to be informed. Led by Sebene Selassie (Podcast Ep. #42), this meditation helps us take a break from informa...Show More
#88: Virginia Heffernan: Writer, 'Trumpcast' Podcast Co-Host

1:03:48 | Jul 12th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan, who has written for several major publications including as a television and Internet culture columnist for the New York Times, opens up for the first time about her addiction to prescription drugs and her decision to get sober. T...Show More
#87: Rep. Tim Ryan, Teaching Congress to Meditate

35:57 | Jul 5th, 2017

In another installment from the "10% Happier" road trip, Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren sat down with Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, at the congressman's office on Capitol Hill in January shortly after President Trump's inauguration. Ryan, who...Show More
#86: Gary Vaynerchuk, Media Industry Leader

44:32 | Jun 28th, 2017

VanyerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk got his start as "the wine guy" when he launched one of the first wine e-commerce websites in the U.S. He began making a wine video blog as YouTube was coming up and went on to build an entire social media-focused empi...Show More
#85: Mark Coleman, Meditating in the Great Outdoors

52:33 | Jun 21st, 2017

Renowned mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman, founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, has led wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru. Coleman talks about making peace with our "judging thoughts" and how nature can "open t...Show More
#84: James Gimian, Mindful Magazine Publisher

56:47 | Jun 14th, 2017

James Gimian, who has been in publishing since the '70s, started covering the emerging mindfulness movement for a small magazine years ago when he said it became clear that secular mindfulness was taking root in "a big and significant way." In 2011, ...Show More
#83: Josh Groban, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Actor (Bonus!)

42:48 | Jun 9th, 2017

This a special pre-Tony Awards episode of the podcast with multi-platinum recording artist and actor Josh Groban, who is nominated for best lead actor in a musical for his role in Broadway's "Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812." Dan Harris a...Show More
#82: Cory Muscara, Mindfulness Teacher, Former Monk

41:48 | Jun 7th, 2017

Cory Muscara, 27 years old, admits he first tried meditation because he wanted to impress his college girlfriend -- but it changed his life forever. Muscara, an econ major who considered a finance career, switched gears and spent six months practicin...Show More
Guided Meditation: Remembering Your Goodness (Bonus!)

08:40 | Jun 5th, 2017

In conjunction with Sharon Salzberg's new book, "Real Love," the folks at the 10% Happier app recorded a series of six audio meditations that can be used as a complement to the book or as standalone. The first of this series is being made available r...Show More
#81: Sharon Salzberg, 'Real Love'

50:01 | May 31st, 2017

"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 Sh...Show More
#80: Bellamy Young, TV's "Scandal" Star

39:12 | May 26th, 2017

ALERT: This episode contains "Scandal" spoilers! Bellamy Young, best known for playing Mellie Grant on ABC's hit show, "Scandal," said making meditation part of her daily routine has helped improve her sleep and process her character's heavy, emotion...Show More
#79: Willoughby Britton, Jared Lindahl -- Does Meditation Have a Dark Side?

1:16:48 | May 24th, 2017

Many of us get into meditation because we want to be calmer, less stressed and less yanked around by our emotions, but sometimes there are unwanted effects. Brown University researchers Willoughby Britton, an assistant professor of psychiatry and hum...Show More
#78: Lodro Rinzler, Meditation for the Heartbroken

54:32 | May 17th, 2017

Buddhist meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler, who had been meditating for most of his life, found himself dealing with multiple, heartbreaking tribulations in his 20s and he fell into despair for a while. After working through his experience, Rinzler, w...Show More
#77: Jen Kirkman, Comedian, Author

57:01 | May 10th, 2017

Stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman was introduced to meditation at a young age and over the years has tried a bunch of different outlets, from 'body scan' practice to mantra to meditation classes, to help her deal with panic disorder, depression, anxiety ...Show More
#76: Jeffrey Walker, Former JPMorgan Exec, Philanthropist (Bonus!)

49:52 | May 5th, 2017

Jeffrey Walker served 25 years as the CEO and cofounder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co's global private equity group, the vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and chairman of the JPMorgan Chase F...Show More
#75: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

59:58 | May 3rd, 2017

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...Show More
Guided Meditation: Jon Kabat-Zinn (Bonus!)

08:08 | May 3rd, 2017

Want to give meditation a try? Here's a great place to start. It's a free, guided meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of mindfulness-based stress reduction. When you're done, make sure to listen to Dan's full interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, in...Show More
#74: Russell Simmons, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Author and Activist

26:39 | Apr 26th, 2017

Def Jam music label founder Russell Simmons had his first experience with stillness at a yoga class -- which he admits he took because girls were there. �I went to class because of a lot of hot chicks. It's true,� Simmons says in our interview. Simmo...Show More
#73: David Leite, Food Writer, Memoirist (LIVE!)

52:08 | Apr 19th, 2017

In a special edition of the "10% Happier" podcast, Dan Harris leads a discussion with David Leite, author of "Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression," in front of a live audience in New York City. Leite talks at length about s...Show More
Guided Meditation: Thoughts Are Not Solid (Bonus!)

14:51 | Apr 17th, 2017

Life is always changing, and so are our thoughts.� In this free guided meditation, Anushka helps us become aware of our ever-changing thoughts, and helps us watch the turbulence of our inner mind.� Check out this latest meditation here on the podcast...Show More
#72: Daniel Goleman, Diving into 'Emotional Intelligence' (Bonus Episode!)

49:29 | Apr 14th, 2017

"The human central nervous system and brain is designed the same around the world... and there probably is a lot of spontaneous rediscovery in different areas of different ways you can play with the mind," Dan Goleman, renowned psychologist and autho...Show More
#71: Sam Harris, 'Waking Up' Podcast Host, Neuroscientist

1:33:14 | Apr 12th, 2017

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 podc...Show More
#70: Clair Brown, Economist, Author of 'Buddhist Economics'

41:36 | Apr 5th, 2017

Clair Brown, an economics professor at UC-Berkeley and a Tibetan Buddhist, was teaching an introductory course when she asked herself, "How would Buddha teach Econ One?" Brown went on to write the book, "Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to...Show More
#69: Jewel, Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Actress (Bonus!)

31:35 | Mar 31st, 2017

Jewel, whose poetic songs about relationships and heartache dominated the airwaves in the '90s, used writing as an outlet to deal with anxiety through a tough childhood and later, homelessness. She began looking for ways to "re-wire" her brain, chang...Show More
#68: Jerry Colonna, 'CEO Whisperer' and Reboot.io Founder

59:54 | Mar 29th, 2017

Jerry Colonna was working as a venture capitalist in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and as he walked by wreckage of the World Trade Center towers, he said he felt like his "world was falling apart." Colonna went on to become a pract...Show More
#67: Colin Beavan, the 'No Impact Man'

43:45 | Mar 22nd, 2017

In his famous book and documentary film project, "No Impact Man," Colin Beavan, a senior Dharma teacher in the Zen tradition, chronicled a year of his life as he tried to have minimal impact on the environment while living in the bustling metropolis ...Show More
#66: Profs. Holly Richardson & Matt Jarman, Virginia Military Institute

43:02 | Mar 15th, 2017

Virginia Military Institute, a military college in Lexington, Virginia, was another stop on the cross-country meditation tour, where our host Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren spoke to Profs. Holly Richardson and Matt Jarman, as well as a...Show More
Guided Meditation: Coming to Center (Bonus!)

21:04 | Mar 13th, 2017

Here's a meditation from one of Dan's favorite teachers on the planet, Jeff Warren. In this simple practice, Jeff guides us in using the center-line of the body as an object of focus. The goal is to inch closer to that illusive feeling of fulfillment...Show More
#65: Sylvia Moir, Tempe, Arizona, Police Chief

46:24 | Mar 8th, 2017

During their cross-county meditation bus tour in January, our host Dan Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren stopped in Tempe, Arizona, to talk with Sylvia Moir, who has been the head of the Tempe Police Department for the past year. Chief Moir s...Show More
Guided Meditation: Shinzen Young (Bonus!)

11:07 | Mar 1st, 2017

Want to give meditation a try? Here's a great place to start. It's a free, guided meditation from Buddhist scholar and meditation teacher Shinzen Young. When you're done, make sure to listen to Dan's full interview with Shinzen Young, in Episode #64.
#64: Shinzen Young, Meditation Teacher

1:34:20 | Mar 1st, 2017

Shinzen Young first became fascinated with Asian culture as a Jewish teenager growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Now a renowned meditation teacher, Shinzen is deeply involved in scientific research into what meditation does for the brain and has...Show More
#63: Billy Crudup, 'Jackie,' '20th Century Women' Actor (Oscars Bonus Episode!)

55:13 | Feb 24th, 2017

We're offering a special pre-Oscars edition of the podcast this week with actor Billy Crudup. Best known for his role as 70s rock star Russell Hammond in "Almost Famous," Crudup stars in two Oscar-nominated films this year, "Jackie" and "20th Century...Show More
#62: Hannah Hart, Creator of YouTube's 'My Drunk Kitchen'

46:14 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Hannah Hart is best known for her bubbly personality and boozy cooking mishaps on her mega-popular YouTube series, "My Drunk Kitchen," so many fans were surprised to learn about her life-long private struggle of dealing with her family's mental healt...Show More
#61: Dr. Judson Brewer, Using Mindfulness to Beat Addiction

1:22:33 | Feb 15th, 2017

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" a...Show More
#60: Matthieu Ricard, French Monk and 'World's Happiest Man'

1:05:19 | Feb 8th, 2017

Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, who is originally from France, earned the moniker "world's happiest man" after brain scans taken during a neurological study on meditation (led by Dr. Richie Davidson) showed excessive activity in his brain as h...Show More
#59: Mary Karr, Best-Selling Poet and Master Memoirist

1:00:59 | Feb 1st, 2017

Mary Karr has shared many dark pieces of her past in her memoirs, from a painful childhood, to a long struggle with alcoholism and depression, to living her entire life as an agnostic before becoming a Roman Catholic. It was when she said she found h...Show More
#58: Elvis Duran, Morning Radio Show Star

47:34 | Jan 25th, 2017

The host of the mega-popular Top 40 radio show, "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," has never shied away from dishing out "real talk" to his millions of listeners, not even when it comes to his dramatic weight loss after "gastric sleeve" surgery. Dur...Show More
#57: Jeff Warren & the '10% Happier' Road Trip! (Bonus Episode!)

53:44 | Jan 20th, 2017

Canada native Jeff Warren was a "chronic over-thinker" who got into meditation sort of by accident while working as a science journalist and now he's an established meditation teacher. Warren and our host Dan Harris are hitting the road this month on...Show More
Guided Meditation: Inauguration + Working with Strong Emotions

17:16 | Jan 19th, 2017

The recent election has elicited strong emotions from people across the political spectrum. In this guided meditation from Dan's "10% Happier" app, Jeff Warren helps us all find perspective on these strong emotions and provides us with a few techniqu...Show More
#56: George Stephanopoulos, ABC News Chief Anchor

36:38 | Jan 18th, 2017

George Stephanopoulos, the co-anchor of "Good Morning America" and the host of ABC News' Sunday morning political affairs show, "This Week," first started practicing meditation in the '90s when he was serving as a senior advisor in the Clinton admini...Show More
#55: Soren Gordhamer, Being Mindful in Silicon Valley

58:56 | Jan 11th, 2017

Soren Gordhamer is the founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 conference, which is lauded as one of the largest gatherings of meditators in the world, but it also has been the target of controversy. Raised in Lubbock, Texas, Gordhamer grew up as one of f...Show More
#54: Vince Horn, Buddhist Geek on Struggling with Nirvana

56:03 | Jan 4th, 2017

Vince Horn, the co-founder of Buddhist Geeks, says when he reached nirvana, he found it "disappointing" and "anti-climactic," which set him on a new journey to map his experience. A practicing meditation teacher from Asheville, N.C., Horn's latest pr...Show More
#53: Josh Radnor, "How I Met Your Mother" Star Back in Theater

40:55 | Dec 28th, 2016

Josh Radnor, best known for playing Ted Mosby on TV's "How I Met Your Mother," started practicing meditation over a decade ago after he went through a break-up and never really stopped. Radnor's career extends beyond TV -- though he stars in PBS's "M...Show More
#52: Andrew Olendzki, Teaching Old-School Buddhism

1:02:43 | Dec 21st, 2016

Andrew Olendzki is a Buddhist scholar of the Pali canon, the original, authentic teachings of the Buddha that have been passed down for centuries. He even speaks Pali, the ancient Indian language the Buddha spoke and taught in. Olendzki started the I...Show More
#51: Handling Holiday Stress (Bonus Episode!)

55:36 | Dec 19th, 2016

From the pressures of buying and receiving gifts to surviving awkward office parties, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. On a special edition of the "10% Happier" podcast, our host Dan Harris leads a roundtable discussion with two meditati...Show More
Guided Meditation - Holiday Stress: 'SURF the Urge'

03:24 | Dec 19th, 2016

We all have urges that are hard to resist this time of year. Dan's got a little tool for you to SURF these urges without reacting to them during the holiday season. (Additional Holiday Stress meditations from Sharon Salzberg and Jeff Warren are avail...Show More
#50: Joe DiNardo, Grief and Meditation

56:41 | Dec 14th, 2016

Joe DiNardo, a businessman and attorney from Buffalo, New York, was married to his wife Marcia for 15 years when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. DiNardo used to his years of meditation practice to help get through the grief of losi...Show More
#49: Robert Thurman, Renowned Buddhist Scholar

1:12:44 | Dec 7th, 2016

Bob Thurman, the father of actress Uma Thurman, was one of the first Americans to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He later gave up his robes and is now one of the most famous Buddhist scholars around, having worked with the Dalai Lama for ove...Show More
#48: John Mulaney, Comedian Turned Broadway Star

51:11 | Nov 30th, 2016

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...Show More
#47: Jessica Morey, Teaching Meditation to Teenagers

54:19 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Jessica Morey has turned what some may see as the impossible -- teaching teenagers how to meditate -- into her life's work. Morey, who attended her first meditation retreat at age 14, is the co-founder and current executive director of Inward-Bound M...Show More
#46: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Renowned Indian Yogi and Mystic

45:38 | Nov 16th, 2016

Born and raised in India, Sadhguru says he spent his childhood and adolescence as a "super skeptic" who didn�t grow up "with anything spiritual or religious." He spent his days crisscrossing the country on his motorcycle, he launched successful busin...Show More
#45: Colin O'Brady, Pro-Endurance Athlete

42:46 | Nov 9th, 2016

Fewer than 50 people have accomplished the Explorer's Grand Slam, a challenge of summiting the highest peaks on each of the seven continents and completing treks to the North and South poles. Colin O'Brady not only completed the EGS this summer, he s...Show More
#44: Duncan Sheik, '90s Rocker Turned Broadway Composer

45:06 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Duncan Sheik first made a name for himself in the mid-90s with the hit song, "Barely Breathing," and has since reinvented himself as a Broadway composer. He won two Tonys and a Grammy Award for music he composed for the smash Broadway hit, "Spring Aw...Show More
Guided Meditation: Election Stress (Powers of Ten)

12:38 | Nov 1st, 2016

This election has been brutal on the American psyche (on both sides of the aisle). In this meditation from Dan's "10% Happier" app, Jeff Warren leads us in a guided practice to gain perspective and find a bit of balance. Jeff delivers with the candor...Show More
Guided Meditation: 'Driving'

14:06 | Oct 28th, 2016

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).
#43: Judge Jeremy Fogel, Using Mindfulness on the Bench

49:43 | Oct 26th, 2016

About 20 years ago, Judge Jeremy Fogel was serving as a superior court judge in California. But when he felt that it was causing him a lot of stress, he started looking for a way to center himself, and found meditation and yoga. Shortly after he star...Show More
#42: Sebene Selassie, A Life of Service While Fighting Breast Cancer

1:01:17 | Oct 19th, 2016

Sebene Selassie's career has taken her all over the world. An Ethiopian immigrant, Selassie grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. Her father left her family in the '70s to go back to Ethiopia and became a guerrilla fighter in the Eritrean independen...Show More
#41: Robin Roberts, "GMA" Anchor, Cancer Survivor (Bonus Episode!)

46:54 | Oct 17th, 2016

"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts has more than 30 years of experience in the radio and television business and said it was her "GMA" colleagues, George Stephanopoulos and our host Dan Harris, who first perked her interest in meditation ...Show More
#40: Election Stress Special (Bonus Episode!)

49:48 | Oct 16th, 2016

In the midst of what some are calling the ugliest election ever, millions of Americans say they're feeling more stressed, anxious and just plain exhausted from it. One therapist even coined a term for this: "election stress disorder." As a remedy, m...Show More
#39: Jason Stirman, Ex-Twitter, Medium Exec Turned App Entrepreneur

46:59 | Oct 12th, 2016

Jason Stirman went to his first meditation class when he was working at Twitter. An early employee there, he eventually quit Twitter with founder Ev Williams with the intent of starting a new company with a �mindful culture.� When they started the pu...Show More
#38: Eileen Fisher, Fashion Icon

50:56 | Oct 5th, 2016

Eileen Fisher weaves mindfulness and social consciousness throughout her multimillion-dollar clothing company and in her personal life. After being in business for over 30 years, her collections are sold in 65 EILEEN FISHER shops across the country, ...Show More
#37: Tony Wright, Exonerated After 25 Years (Bonus Episode!)

28:52 | Oct 4th, 2016

Tony Wright spent 25 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. This past August, a Philadelphia jury acquitted Wright of the 1991 rape and murder of an elderly woman after his lawyers, including two from Innocence Project, presented DNA evidence ...Show More
#36: Spring Washam, Meditation and Dharma Teacher

44:46 | Sep 28th, 2016

Spring Washam was selling timeshares and struggling with depression when she decided to embark on a journey to work on her mind. After looking into psychology texts, self-help books and various forms of meditation, she eventually attended a 10-day me...Show More
#35: Alan Cumming, Actor, Author, Activist

35:02 | Sep 21st, 2016

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor on the Broadway stage and on-screen, a New York Times best-selling author, director, comedian and activist. He's best known for his roles in Broadway's "Cabaret," TV�s "The Good Wife" and as Nightcrawler in "X-M...Show More
#34: Elizabeth Vargas, ABC News Anchor

45:18 | Sep 14th, 2016

Elizabeth Vargas has been known throughout her 30-year career for her strong reporting around the world, her tough interviews and her steadiness during breaking news coverage. But now for the first time, Vargas reveals that she has also long struggle...Show More
Guided Meditation: 'The Training Ground'

10:25 | Sep 9th, 2016

Want to give meditation a try? This is a great place to start. Meditation can seem simple, even trivial. But the mental muscle we exercise in beginning again (and again, and again) is an excellent training ground for the many times in our everyday li...Show More
#33: Chef Eric Ripert

50:28 | Sep 7th, 2016

Chef Eric Ripert, of the famed Le Bernardin in New York City, is one of the world's best chefs, an Emmy-winning cooking show host and a cookbook author. But while Ripert was building a name for himself in the heat and the stress of a fine-dining rest...Show More
#32: The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

1:00:45 | Aug 31st, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have been through a lot together. They grew up together in Dayton, Ohio, both in families that struggled to make ends meet. They went on to climb the corporate ladder together and both made a comfortable livi...Show More
#31: Dr. Michael Gervais, Sports Psychologist

1:07:14 | Aug 24th, 2016

Mike Gervais is a high-performance sports psychologist who works with athletes, most famously as the mindfulness coach for the Seattle Seahawks, on training the mind and body to work together under the intense pressure of competition. Gervais has hel...Show More
#30: Jesse Israel

59:11 | Aug 17th, 2016

A few years ago, Jesse Israel was a sophomore film student who had just signed an up-and-coming college band to a record label he co-founded out of his dorm room. Israel built that record label into a successful company -- then he decided to walk awa...Show More
#29: Dr. Richard Davidson

1:06:12 | Aug 10th, 2016

Dr. Richie Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, has been meditating for over 40 years. But it was the Dalai Lama himself who convinced Davidson to dedicate his life to research...Show More
#28: Oren J. Sofer

1:09:16 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Oren J. Sofer, a former child actor turned longtime meditation teacher, was a 19-year-old college student in New York City when he said he felt things in his life were falling apart. "And I had heard about people going to India for study abroad and I...Show More
#27: Mingyur Rinpoche

1:01:16 | Jul 27th, 2016

Mingyur Rinpoche, the author of "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness," is a study of contradictions. On one hand, he's been formally recognized as the reincarnation of two Tibetan meditation masters. On the other hand, he...Show More
#26: Dan Ryckert

50:52 | Jul 20th, 2016

Dan Ryckert works in an industry where you wouldn't imagine there would be a whole lot of meditation: Video games. Ryckert is a senior editor at the popular video game website, Giant Bomb, and he's the author of "Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Wo...Show More
#25: Claire Hoffman

1:08:09 | Jul 13th, 2016

Author and journalist Claire Hoffman has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since she was 3 years old. When she was 5, she and her family moved to a secluded meditation community in Fairfield, Iowa -- Maharishi's national headquarters for Heav...Show More
#24: Dr. Amishi Jha & Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt

55:38 | Jul 6th, 2016

Dr. Amishi Jha, a neuroscientist and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami, and Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt of the U.S. Army might seem like an unlikely pair, but they have worked together to bring Mindfulness to the troops. Jha ...Show More
#23: Mario Batali

39:16 | Jun 29th, 2016

World-renowned chef Mario Batali has 28 restaurants, 10 cookbooks, a daytime cooking show, a food emporium in New York City, and now plans for a food theme park. He also -- somehow -- finds time to keep a daily meditation routine. Batali says he star...Show More
#22: Dr. Mark Epstein

1:09:47 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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...Show More
#21: Arianna Huffington

1:01:05 | Jun 15th, 2016

Arianna Huffington has a multimillion-dollar media website that reacts to world events by the millisecond, she's a mother of two -- and yet she says she always gets a good night's sleep. Not only that, she says wants to help everyone else do the same...Show More
Guided Meditation: 'Dictators of the Mind'

10:59 | Jun 13th, 2016

Want to give meditation a try? Here's a great place to start. When left unchecked, our thoughts exert enormous influence over our lives. But when we become aware of them, we realize that they are little more than nothing. This is a guided medit...Show More
#20: Adam Shankman

42:18 | Jun 8th, 2016

Acclaimed movie producer and director Adam Shankman is best known for his upbeat, family-friendly movies, including "Hairspray," "A Walk to Remember" and "The Pacifier," but behind the scenes, Shankman says he spent years grappling with substance abu...Show More
#19: Emma Seppala

54:37 | Jun 5th, 2016

Success and happiness: Can you have one without the other? Many may assume that these two things are at cross purposes but Emma Seppala, the science director of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, argues t...Show More
#18: Chade-Meng Tan

53:06 | Jun 1st, 2016

Chade-Meng Tan was employee No. 107 at Google. But the software engineer's career took a turn when he began teaching meditation to the company's employees and executives, adopting the job title of "Jolly Good Fellow." While he's no longer at Google, ...Show More
#17: Chodo and Koshin

1:06:09 | May 25th, 2016

Thinking about death can be supremely difficult. Many of us try not to think about it at all � until we have no choice. But two Zen Buddhist monks are using meditation, and a generous dose of humor, to show people that the dying process does not have...Show More
#16: Ali Smith

48:51 | May 18th, 2016

Ali Smith goes into some of the toughest neighborhoods in one of the toughest cities in America, and teaches yoga and meditation to troubled and at-risk school kids. And the results have been incredible. Smith, a certified yoga instructor, is the co-...Show More
#15: Gretchen Rubin (Our Long-Lost Pilot Episode)

43:39 | May 13th, 2016

In our pilot episode, which we recorded back in January before we moved into a fancy radio studio and had any clue what we were doing (this part hasn't changed much), Dan invited author and speaker Gretchen Rubin over to his New York City apartment t...Show More
#13: Steve Armstrong

1:12:28 | May 11th, 2016

Enlightenment (or, more specifically, exactly how one gets enlightened) has become a somewhat taboo subject. For years, American meditation teachers have largely avoided discussing what's known as "the progress of insight" -- the various stages that ...Show More
#12: Thupten Jinpa

59:49 | May 4th, 2016

Thupten Jinpa may be best known for being the Dalai Lama's longtime English-language translator. But now Jinpa is working to get his own message across. In his new book, "A Fearless Heart," Jinpa touches on the course in compassion training he helped...Show More
Guided Meditation: 'Struggle as Feedback'

08:31 | Apr 29th, 2016

Want to give meditation a try? This is a great place to start. If you're struggling, it means something is going on that you're not accepting. The struggle is the feedback. Instead of pushing through, ask yourself "What am I not open to?" Often you'l...Show More
#11: Lama Tsomo

1:01:17 | Apr 27th, 2016

Lama Tsomo is one of the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist lama, or spiritual teacher. Born Linda Pritzker, she is part of the family that built the Hyatt hotel chain. But Lama Tsomo embarked on a very different path, diving d...Show More
#10: Leigh Brasington

55:53 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation for decades and is one of the most prominent American teachers of Jhana meditation. The Jhanas are a set of altered states of consciousness associated with profound amounts of bliss, happiness and ecsta...Show More
#9: Margot Bingham

48:07 | Apr 20th, 2016

Actress and singer-songwriter Margot Bingham has moved from playing the role of jazz singer Daughter Maitland in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" to a highly-respected detective in ABC's "The Family," but in working through these complex roles, Bingham said ...Show More
#8: Sharon Salzberg

55:43 | Apr 13th, 2016

A towering figure in the meditation world, Sharon Salzberg is part of a small group of people who helped bring meditation over from Asia to the United States. Growing up in New York City, Salzberg had a traumatic childhood and was a sophomore in coll...Show More
#7: George Mumford

1:17:16 | Apr 6th, 2016

George Mumford has taught mindfulness and meditation to some of the greatest athletes of all time: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, among others. In partnership with the legendary coach Phil Jackson, Mumford taught meditation to the ...Show More
Guided Meditation: 'Simply Begin Again'

09:34 | Apr 1st, 2016

The three most important words for a beginning meditator may be, "Simply Begin Again." This short episode is a bit different. It's a guided meditation from the 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics app, featuring Joseph Goldstein. Joseph is th...Show More
#6: David Gelles

54:44 | Mar 30th, 2016

The author of "Mindful Work," New York Times reporter David Gelles is a self-described "sporadic meditator." During the day, Gelles says he uses so-called "meditation hacks," such as waiting a beat or two before picking up a ringing phone or practici...Show More
#5: Amy Cuddy

55:19 | Mar 27th, 2016

Amy Cuddy has created a bonafide sensation in the world of happiness and well-being. A social psychologist at Harvard Business School and a New York Times best-selling author, Cuddy gave a TED Talk that has been viewed millions of times about how to ...Show More