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You don’t have to slow down and sit to be mindful. You can be busy and get things done while still growing your mindfulness muscles.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 “Meditate While You’re Busy.” See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Wilkens talks about the stigma around substance abuse, potential alternatives to abstinence, and the role of meditation in recovery.  Carrie Wilkens, PhD, is the Co-founder, Co-president and CEO of the Center for Motivational Change: Foundation for Change, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the dissemination of evidence-based ideas and strategies to professionals and loved ones of persons struggling with substance use through the Invitation to Change approach. She is co-author of the book, The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends: Evidence-Based Skills to Help a Loved One Make Positive Change and Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change.In this episode we talk about:The stigma around substance abuseDefining terms: addiction vs. substance use disorder and why it mattersHow substance use disorder affects our brainHow to diagnose a substance abuse disorderWhether there is an alternative to abstinenceHow we all need to be thoughtful about the relationship we want with substancesHow and why a substantial percentage of people naturally recover without going to treatment The strategies to use if you have someone in your life who you think is on a destructive path What positive communication is and how to practice itHow we live in a quick fix society and recovery from substance abuse disorder is a slow processWhat actually makes people changeThe role of meditation in recovery—for the patient and the familyAnd the importance of taking care of yourself so you can take care of othersFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Duncan Trussell is an American actor and stand-up comic. And he doesn’t like being called a Buddhist comedian. It makes sense… that label unfairly pigeonholes him in two ways. First, because he’s a legit, successful, hilarious comedian, no matter what his spiritual leanings. Duncan has written and appeared in sketches for two seasons of Fuel TV's Stupidface, Showtime's La La Land, Comedy Central's Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, and both seasons of HBO's Funny or Die Presents. His television credits include MADtv and Curb Your Enthusiasm. And when it comes to the spiritual stuff, he’s not just a Buddhist. This guy is spiritually omnivorous. And he knows his shit. He has practiced extensively. And on his podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, he interviews meditation teachers like Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg. In fact, Netflix turned his pod into a cult favorite animated TV show, called The Midnight Gospel.In this episode we talk about:Depression, anxiety, death, and Duncan’s interpretation of God How meditation helps him handle the insanity of HollywoodThe Buddhist hell realms as psychological statesSpirituality and psychedelicsIf having a contemplative practice can hurt our job, form of expression, or ambitionKarmic and samsaric patterns – and enjoying your ego while you have oneIf we’re all capable of loveRelated Episodes:#603. Why Dwight from The Office (Rainn Wilson) Is Calling for a “Spiritual Revolution”#489. Can You Really Conquer Hatred Through Love? | Father Gregory Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Everything good must come to an end. Noticing endings teaches us how to savor the good in life, and even find courage to be with the hard.About Jessica Morey:Jess Morey is a lead teacher, cofounder and former executive director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education which runs in-depth mindfulness programming for youth, and the parents and professionals who support them across the US, and internationally. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS), and has maintained a consistent commitment to meditation since. Diving head first into meditation at such a key developmental stage makes the revelatory perspective of mindfulness & compassion her natural home turf, and gives her an easy, conversational teaching style anyone can relate to.To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “As Things Change.” See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Dan sits down with his friend Kelly Corrigan at the Aspen Ideas Festival. A few of the topics they break open: uncertainty, humility and practices to keep us connected. You can learn more at or listen to the Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks to our many friends at the Aspen Ideas Festival for making this conversation possible.This was recorded before the SAG-AFTRA strike.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Feiler also discusses why we no longer live linear lives, letting go of the idea of having a career, and redefining success.  Bruce Feiler is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including Life Is in the Transitions, The Secrets of Happy Families, and Council of Dads. His three TED Talks have been viewed more than four million times, and he teaches the TED Course How to Master Life Transitions. His latest book is called The Search. In this episode we talk about:How Feiler went from being a guy whose early work focused on spirituality to now focusing on work How historically work was something that was supposed to make you unhappy. And how Millennials and Gen Z have helped change thatWhat is a workquake?Why the majority of us actually have 5 jobs— what those are and why they matterWhat is a meaning audit? The best single question you can ask yourself to write your own story of success And the historical figures who helped define how we think about successFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
These seven rules illustrate a middle path between completely stifling your emotions and bringing your whole self to the office.Liz Fosslien is an expert on emotions at work and is also on the leadership team at Atlassian's Team Anywhere and previously served as the head of content and communications at Humu. She has been featured by TED, The Economist, Good Morning America, The New York Times, and NPR.Mollie West Duffy is also the head of Learning and Development at Lattice, and was previously an Organizational Design Lead at global innovation firm IDEO, and a research associate for the Dean of Harvard Business School. She has worked with companies of all sizes on organizational development, leadership development, and workplace culture.Liz and Mollie are the co-authors of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work and Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not OkayIn this episode we talk about:Why not acknowledging your emotions can lead to worse outcomesHow to understand the data that comes from emotionsThe importance of psychological safetyAnd how to recognize burnout before it’s too lateFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Find freedom from obsessive loops of fear by getting grounded in the body, dropping the stories, and bringing some kindness to the struggle.About Sebene Selassie:Growing up, Sebene felt like a big weirdo. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in white neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., she was a tomboy Black girl who loved Monty Python and UB40. She never believed she belonged. Thirty years ago, she began studying Buddhism as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. Now, Sebene is a teacher, author, and speaker who teaches that meditation can help us remember our inherent sense of belonging, that our individual freedom affects absolutely everyone and everything, and that our collective freedom depends on each and every one of us. Sebene is a three-time cancer survivor of Stage III and IV cancer.To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “Loosening the Grip of Panic.”See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
In this episode from The One You Feed podcast, Dan sits down with host Eric Zimmer and discusses his original skepticism of meditation and the benefits he discovered from developing a regular meditation practice. Listen to The One You Feed for more compelling interviews. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The office might be one of the most difficult places to not side with yourself, but it’s a concept that can help you navigate challenging situations at work.Matthew is a meditation and dharma teacher with more than a decade of teaching experience and a passion for getting real about what it means to live well. He emphasizes humor, technique, and authentic kindness as a means to free the mind from unnecessary struggle and leave a healthier impact on the world. Beyond Ten Percent Happier, Matthew has taught in prisons, schools, corporate events and continues to teach across North America in buddhist centers offering intensive silent retreats and dharma for urban daily life. In this episode we talk about:How to change your relationship to your thoughtsHow to navigate the highs of praise and the lows of blameHow to handle relationships at work when giving or receiving feedbackHow to bring your mindfulness practice to your workplaceFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Balancing happiness and ambition is a challenge, especially if you often define yourself by your work. Stolzoff covers why it’s good to have a job that’s simply good enough.Simone Stolzoff is the author of The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work. He is a designer and workplace expert from San Francisco, and a former design lead at the global innovation firm IDEO. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and many other publications. He is a graduate of Stanford and The University of Pennsylvania.In this episode we talk about:His argument for diversifying our sources for what makes a meaningful life How passion for your job shouldn’t be a stand-in for pay or security And how to balance the pursuit of meaningful work without letting it take over your lifeFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Mindfulness isn't about making your heart open. It's about feeling however you feel, respecting that, and sometimes, saying no.About Cara Lai:Cara Lai spent most of her life trying to figure out how to be happy, or at least avoid total misery, which landed her on a meditation cushion for the majority of her adulthood. Throughout many consciousness adventures including a few mind-bendingly long meditation retreats, she has explored the wilderness of the mind, chronic illness, the importance of pleasure, and a wide range of other things that she might get in trouble for mentioning publicly. In the past, Cara has worked as an artist, wilderness guide, social worker and psychotherapist, but at this point she’s given up on being an adult in exchange for an all-out mindfulness rampage. Her teaching is relatable, authentic, funny and sometimes crass, and is accessible for many people. She teaches teens and adults at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and UCLA; ultimately hoping to become as good of a show-off as Dan. And to help people be happier.To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “Boundaries: Saying Yes to Saying No.” See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Welcome to the third installment of Meditation Party, an experiment we’re running with a chattier format – more of a morning zoo vibe, but way deeper, of course. Dan’s co-hosts in this episode are his two close friends: the great meditation teachers Sebene Selassie and Jeff Warren. Sebene Selassie is based in Brooklyn and describes herself as a “writer, teacher, and immigrant-weirdo.” She teaches meditation on the Ten Percent Happier app and is the author of a great book called, You Belong. Jeff Warren is based in Toronto and is also a writer and meditation teacher who co-wrote the book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics with Dan Harris. Jeff also hosts the Consciousness Explorers podcast.Related Episodes:#489. Can You Really Conquer Hatred Through Love? | Father Gregory Boyle#519. The Art and Science of Keeping Your Sh*t Together | Shinzen Young and James Gross Best of the Archives: Making it RAIN | Tara BrachFor more info on the Meditation Party Retreat: Meditation Party Workshop at Omega InstituteTo watch this interview online, go to: you want to be part of the show, please call in with a question or comment. The number is 508-656-0540. Or you can email us with a voice memo at with a voice memo. Full Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Today’s guest is Linda Åkeson McGurk, a Swedish American writer and author of There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids. Her latest book is called The Open-Air Life: Discover the Nordic Art of Friluftsliv and Embrace Nature Every Day. She is the founder of the blog Rain or Shine Mamma, a resource for parents and other caregivers.In this episode we talk about:Why humans are so drawn to nature and what the many scientific benefits areThe historical roots of friluftsliv in Nordic countriesWhy we should go outside even when the weather sucksWhy we should go camping The benefits of cold plungesThe benefits of silenceThe danger of seeing ourselves as separate from natureAnd why she believes appreciation of nature and meditation are complimentaryFull Shownotes: Resources Mentioned:Wim HofAdditional Resources:Download the Ten Percent Happier app today: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Get out of the trance of thinking and explore what it’s like to be more generous with your attention directly, here, now.About Pascal Auclair:Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He is a co-founder of True North Insight and one of TNI’s Guiding Teachers. To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “The Present Moment.”See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Mindfulness is a word that is in danger of becoming meaningless. In this episode, we dig into the meaning of mindfulness, how to practice without getting overwhelmed, and how to stop the judgment spiral.Today’s guest is Diana Winston, the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She has written several books, including The Little Book of Being, and Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness, which she co-authored with Susan Smalley, and which is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Diana has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma. In this episode we talk about:How Diana defines mindfulnessHow we know if we’re in a state of bonafide mindfulnessThe difference between mindfulness as a trait and mindfulness as a state Whether you have to meditate to achieve mindfulness as a traitWhat current scientific research says about the benefits of meditationThe link between intuition, happiness and authenticityHer definition of happinessHow meditation can help us relate to our bodies differentlyHow to stop the self-judgment spiralCreating a top ten list to deal with difficult thoughtsHow to use meditation for chronic painStriking a balance between reason and intuitionThe ripple effects of practicing meditationAnd how to start practicing mindfulness without getting overwhelmedFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Deep Cuts: Malcolm Gladwell

Deep Cuts: Malcolm Gladwell


Gladwell On: the importance of flow states, why people should have a lifelong pursuit or practice, and how he personally relaxes.Malcolm Gladwell is the president and co-founder of the podcasting network Pushkin Industries, and the author of six New York Times bestselling books including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath, and Talking to Strangers. He’s also the host of the Pushkin podcast Revisionist History. For tickets to TPH's live event in Boston on September 7: tickets to TPH's live and live streamed event in Colorado on November 3: you have a favorite episode of TPH? We want to hear about it!Here’s how you can help us uncover these hidden gems.Call +1 508-656-0540Tell us your name and favorite episodeAnd, in a couple of sentences, tell us why this episode hit home for youDo this and your episode and story may be part of our Deep Cuts featureIn this episode we talk about: The backlash Malcolm faced from his work from home comments Pushing the noise aside when it comes to social media Lessons in kindness from a recent Revisionist History episodeThe importance of flow statesHow he personally relaxes Why people should have a lifelong pursuit or practiceWhat he thinks now about his famous 10,000 hours argumentWhy we need to engage and investigate the views of others to be morally alert as human beingsAnd his biggest journalistic mistakeContent Warning: Brief mention of eating disorders. Full Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The scientific case for self-compassion and why it doesn’t have to lead to passivity, self absorption, or cheesiness.Today's guest is Kristin Neff, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She’s the author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.For tickets to TPH's live event in Boston on September 7: tickets to TPH's live and live streamed event in Colorado on November 3rd: you have a favorite episode of TPH? We want to hear about it!Here’s how you can help us uncover these hidden gems.Call +1 508-656-0540Tell us your name and favorite episodeAnd, in a couple of sentences, tell us why this episode hit home for youDo this and your episode and story may be part of our Deep Cuts featureIn this episode we talk about:How Kristin first got into meditation and why she was drawn to the practice of compassion How, paradoxically, self-compassion actually makes us less focused on ourselvesThe three components of self-compassionOne of the big blockers for men in practicing self-compassionWhat self-compassion is and isn’tHow research shows that self-compassion is a trainable skillWhether we actually need the internal cattle prod to get aheadBeing kind to yourself even when you notice prejudice coming up in your mind And how men and women deal with shame differentlyFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Our busy lives rarely afford us time to reflect on what’s truly important. Remembering what matters most empowers us to engage meaningfully.About La Sarmiento:La Sarmiento is the the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington's BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas and a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and for Cloud Sangha. They graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leader Training Program in 2012. As an immigrant, non-binary, Filipinx-American, La is committed to expanding access to the Dharma. They live in Towson, MD with their life partner Wendy and rescue pups Annabel and Bader.To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “Finding Purpose: What Matters Most?” See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Ryan also talks about how meditation helped him ride out a brutal political campaign,  escaping the grind, and whether he’ll run for office again.Tim Ryan served for 20 years in the U.S. Congress. He is the author of a book on the power of mindfulness. He is the author of a book on the power of mindfulness, Healing America: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Recapture the American Spirit and a book on reforming the broken food systems, The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm.In this episode we talk about:How his practice helped him weather a brutal political campaign Why he’s joined the ice bath crazeThe link between breathwork and meditationHow he’s adjusting to civilian life after 20 years in WashingtonHow he handled things when he realized the race was not going his wayWhat he was thinking and feeling when he made his concession speechWhat it’s like to be outside of the DC fishbowlThe freedom that comes with not living under a microscopeThe kids basketball game made him realize his life had changed Escaping the grindWhether he’s considered running for office againAnd what the rough and tumble of politics has taught him about dealing with difficult peopleFull Shownotes: Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Comments (210)

clover dashboard

thanks for sharing.

Sep 12th

Susan Kapp

very practical and insightful. thank you!

Aug 20th

Charles Varani

I enjoy your Buddhist meditation perspective, and wondering if you've found parallels in other faiths--Hinduism, Islam? I recently heard a talk by Fr. Laurence Freeman at WCCM on the difference between mindfulness meditation and Contemplative meditation, with both being useful, but mindfulness is a tactic, while contemplation is a practice. Might be worth looking into a variety of practices.

Aug 10th

Mo U.

I see bringing our whole selves to work as being more about not having to hide or lie about the things that are constant through out my whole self. Like obviously I'm not the same at work and with friends, but having to do extra processing to hide a disability or identity takes energy that could be spent on working successfully and more happily. Overall, this was a great episode and I really enjoyed it.

Aug 1st

Melinda Stephens

As a person going through grief, it was hard to listen to this episode, but so much great information.

Jul 11th

Adrian Crago-Graham

Loved it and downloaded the audio book!

Jun 6th

Kathy Wilson

This one blew my mind. Thank you both. To let go of the identification of suffering based on pain. My whole attitude just changed.

Apr 5th


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Dec 23rd

Sean Moore

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Dec 22nd

Chelle Smith

I really enjoy this Podcast, especially the bonus meditations. 5 stars.

Nov 25th


Excellent discussion on communicating with emotionally immature people.

Oct 13th

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Sep 2nd

Sharon Anderson

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Aug 27th

mahnaz ramezanpour

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Aug 9th

Mel Dolly

The author offers a youthful perception of navigating grief.

Jun 21st

Vincent Haver

Starts at 3:15

May 22nd

The Diet of Common Sense Podcast

This is a good concept and indeed, happiness is a skill you can master by practice. It happens in your mind, and if you can master your mind, you can eventually train it to be happier by not letting the negative things bother you and focus on the positives.

May 22nd

Sean Moore

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May 5th
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