Best of the Archives: Sara Bareilles – Anxiety, Anger, and Art

Ten Percent Happier
January 24, 2022
Best of the Archives: Sara Bareilles – Anxiety, Anger, and Art
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

This week, we're posting some of our best podcasts from the archives on a dragon many of us face internally – anxiety. The first episode of the series features Sara Bareilles. 

Sara Bareilles is a singer, songwriter, composer, and actor who earned Tony and Grammy Award nominations for her Broadway musical Waitress. She also stars in the show Girls5eva, which is back for a second season this year on Peacock.

Behind all of Sara's artistic and professional successes, there is a meditator who is fearlessly open and public about her struggles with anxiety and depression. In this conversation, she talks about: her history of anxiety and depression; the relationship between suffering and art; whether meditation might defang somebody's creativity; how she works with anger; and her relationship with social media. She’ll also share some of the backstories behind some of her hit songs.

Just a note: This episode is a rerun from June 2021. There are some references that might seem a little out of date, but the content remains relevant. 

Content Warning: This conversation features an exploration of depression and anxiety with one very brief mention of self-harm. 

We’re re-launching our ten-day meditation challenge, called the Taming Anxiety Challenge, over on the Ten Percent Happier app. To join the Challenge, just download the Ten Percent Happier app today wherever you get your apps or by visiting If you already have the app, just open it up and follow the instructions to join!

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