This Podcast Will Make You Happier

I wrote the headline for this post very carefully. Note that I didn’t say, “this podcast can help you to be happier,” or “will teach you to be happier,” or even “can make you happier.” I am pretty convinced that listening to the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast will make you happier even if you don’t actively try anything they suggest.

Haven’t heard of Gretchen yet?  Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than BeforeThe Happiness Project and Happier at Home She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Elizabeth is a television writer based in Los Angeles. She is the perfect night-loving, slightly-sarcastic foil for her morning-loving, happiness-researching sister.

The podcast hit #6 on iTunes on the first day it launched. It ranks in the top 1% of podcasts and has listeners in more than 192 countries.

Why the podcast is worth your time:  Yes, Happier with Gretchen Rubin is very professionally produced, both hosts are well spoken, and the length works well for most typical podcast uses (e.g. working out, commuting, etc.). But I think it is worth your time simply because it makes you conscious of happiness. Even if you ignore their “try this at home” suggestions, just passively listening to their discussions will affect the way you make decisions throughout your day. You may choose to prioritize a phone call with a good friend or family member a little higher or your to-do list. Or you may finally put away that book that you’ve been meaning to finish, even though you don’t like it.

I have also found that it makes me more aware of when I am doing things that do make me happy – like choosing to write this podcast on my back patio with iced tea, rather than sitting inside with water. If you have space for a new podcast in your life, even if you don’t keep up with every episode (I don’t), those little tiny improvements to your life make this one is worth it.

A couple of my favorite episodes so far:

Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff. Why you should stop reading a book, a know-yourself-better quiz (are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?), and the trap of free stuff.

Make Your Bed, Resist the Evil Donut-Bringer, and Take a Hike. Gretchen and Elizabeth share one of the easiest, quickest, and most popular ways to start your day off right. Plus, they discuss Elizabeth’s biggest pet peeve at the office, and share their weekly Demerit and Gold Star.

The First Episode of “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” — Exciting! We discuss the one-minute rule for tackling clutter, whether you’re a “satisficer” or “maximizer,” the infamous one-coin loophole–plus Elizabeth talks about the treadmill desk that I gave her.

Find all of the podcast episodes at

Learn more about Gretchen’s books at

Follow Gretchen and Elizabeth on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft

I haven’t read Gretchen’s books yet, though they are on my must-read list. Have you? Suggestions on which one I should read first?


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