10% Happier Presents: 30-Minutes to Sanity in Lower Central Park

New York City

  • A thoroughfare in Central Park.
  • The USS Maine Memorial at the southwestern corner entrance to Central Park.  Photo: Yelena Linetskaya.
  • Columbus Circle and the USS Maine Memorial.
  • At the top of Umpire Rock.  Photo:
  • The Cop Cot in Autumn. Photo: Noel Events.
  • The Gapstow Bridge in winter.  Photo: Kirit Prajapati.
  • The Lombard Lamp in Central Park.  Photo:

30 minutes
1.0 mi
Guided by Dan
Dan Harris


Come on a 30-minute stroll through lower Central Park to escape the insanity of Manhattan. Along the way, the folks behind the 10% Happier app will guide you through five exercises to practice mindfulness and relax. We'll walk past calming vistas and quiet tree-filled pathways as we guide you in techniques to relax, feel gratitude and practice mindfulness with your surroundings. This isn't a New Age, homeopathic, yogis-only, Om-based walk. That's not us. 10% Happier is about training your mind through meditation.

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About Your Guide

Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is also the author of 2014 bestseller, "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works - a True Story." He continues to promote the benefits of meditation for "fidgety skeptics" through the 10% Happier app and 10% Happier podcast.

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Guide Points

  1. Columbus Circle Entrance

    Welcome to Central Park. We're glad to have you with us on this quick jaunt through the grounds to destress and find focus.

  2. Greyshot Arch

    We arrive at Greyshot Arch, one of two dozen arches in the park. It was completed in 1860 and features an 80-foot long tunnel.

  3. Umpire Rock

    Umpire Rock is named for its view of the nearby baseball fields. For this next meditation, feel free to climb up the exposed bedrock, or st…

  4. Cop Cot Shelter

    In the late 1860s, these types of structures were common throughout Central Park, but nowadays, there are only three left. "Cop Cot" means …

  5. Gapstow Bridge

    We find ourselves at the Gapstow Bridge, one of the most iconic spots in Central Park. The stone structure has provided a 44-foot passage a…

  6. Lombard Lamp

    The city of Hamburg, Germany donated the Lombard Lamp to New York in 1979 as a symbol of friendship between the two cities. The cast-iron a…

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