My first interaction with Gretchen Rubin’s work was The Happiness Project. I borrowed it from a friend in high school and only made it a few chapters in because I wasn’t ready for it. When I was 18, I was probably at my happiest. I had just graduated high school and was gearing up for college, I had lots of adventures with my friends, and my family life was going pretty well. I didn’t need a book on how to be happy because I was doing it. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ll see that I’m in a different place now. I’m more raw than I was in high school, and happiness is more elusive than before. So when I found the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, it came at the perfect time.
Happier has been a little ray of sunshine for me on my commutes. Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, spend about 30 minutes per episode tackling issues that impede happiness and give tips to make your life happier, healthier, and more productive. They also give themselves happiness demerits and gold stars in order to hold themselves accountable and reinforce good behaviors that make them happier. Overall, it’s super positive and encouraging.
My favorite tips from the podcast:
- Do a “power hour” once a week where you do all the things on your to-do list that you have been avoiding
- Join a group or create your own-I joined a book club and yoga, and it’s been great to have a community of people who enjoy the same things I enjoy!
- Develop a minor expertise
- The strategy of pairing
- Get rid of something as soon as it becomes useless
- Outer order contributes to inner calm
I highly recommend this podcast if you’re looking to grow toward creating good habits and being happier in general!