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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Is happiness more than a feeling? Is it possible for human beings to achieve inner peace and happiness? On his podcast, Ten Percent Happier, former Good Morning America and ABC News anchor Dan Harris explores these topics. After he found his anxiety troublingly affecting his work, he sought to make a change. A skeptic, Dan had never been a believer in meditation. Developing a fresh perspective, Dan sought to find this joy and created this podcast. His goal here is to help listeners become ten percent happier.
Dan explores happiness with meditation teachers, authors, and celebrities. The topics discussed are wide-ranging and involve exploring joy and well-being. The discussions touch on Buddhist meditation, self-compassion, and mindfulness.
Dan and guests discuss the benefits of meditation, its practices, and the science behind it. They also study integrating meditation practices into daily life. One frequent guest on the show is legendary meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. Salzberg is the founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). Her partners in this effort were meditation teachers Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield.
Listeners will also hear from Buddhist monks. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche helped Dan uncover how Buddhist monks deal with anxiety. Popular TED speakers Brené Brown and Esther Perel also appear on the show. They speak about managing difficult emotions and the power of friendship.
New episodes of Ten Percent Happier debut on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A little more happiness is as near as the play button.