Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Dan Harris was co-anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America and was also anchor on Nightline. Dan had a anxiety attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation.

Harris recounts his journey from skeptic to meditator. In this podcast, Dan investigates happiness (whatever that implies) from all angles. Guests include legendary eminent meditation instructors — from the Dalai Lama to Western masters — as well as scientists, and, surprisingly, the odd celebrity.

But the show also ventures beyond meditation, bringing on leading researchers in areas such as social anxiety, bias, creativity, efficiency, and relationships.

The animating insight of this show is that the psyche is teachable. This is the very thing science is showing us. Mental attributes such as happiness, calm, generosity, sympathy, and connection are not hardwired, unalterable factory settings; they are, in fact, skills that can be trained. On this show, you’ll learn how.

He composed the bestselling book, “10% Happier,” started an app — “10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” — and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with brilliant individuals about whether there’s anything beyond 10%. Ten percent Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable. Ten Percent Happier publishes a variety of podcasts that offer relatable wisdom designed to help you meet the challenges and opportunities in your daily life. Essentially, here’s what this podcast is obsessed with:

Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?