On Podcasts: Happier


I have been getting into podcasts. “Podcast” is just a fancy word for “radio show” but they are enjoyable so I’m not going to be that person who’s like “if there are other people in the picture it’s not a selfie!” A podcast is a 20-80 minute show that you can listen to at your leisure, and there are thousands of them on any topic you could possibly want to listen to. I asked my friendly, neighborhood Facebook group members to suggest some podcasts for me to start with, and got a LOOOOOOONG list that’s going to take me a while to get through.

One that I found that I’ve stuck with on a regular basis is Happier with Gretchen Rubin. It has a very predictable formula which makes my brain happy. They start with any updates on previous podcast topics, then suggest something to try at home to make yourself happier. There is always a commercial for Barkbox and ThirdLove (bras), and the meaty part of the podcast varies from interviews, guest contributors, or just a larger issue in life to watch out for. Gretchen does these podcasts with her sister Elizabeth, and at the end of the session they share a happiness demerit and a gold star – mistakes to learn from and observed excellent behaviors in their own lives.

Don’t get me wrong, some of these are very “married white lady in the suburbs with 2.5 kids and a mortgage” so I skip them or just get through that particular segment to get to the next one. But for the most part Rubin’s suggestions are on point and small enough to be realistically applicable. I also appreciate that they are research based actions and not just “take my word for it since it worked for me!” kinds of stories.

I have been drowning in my depression for a couple of months. On the face of it I’m mostly fine, but I have lost my grip on several aspects of my happiness internally, so it’s getting more and more difficult to keep up the facade for others. If I’m being honest, this podcast caught my eye because I wanted to try to find any strategies to get myself out of this Neverending Story swamp I seem to find myself in. *waves at Artex*

I’m about 20 episodes in with many more to go. I think I will begin one of her Try This at Home tips and keep a podcast one-liner journal so I can remember the suggestions and actually try them at home. The episodes are short and sweet, and a welcome small slice of motivation to incorporate good habits into your life. Click on the picture above, take a listen, and see if you can find some ideas to increase your happiness. Or click here: http://gretchenrubin.com/podcast/