On Podcasts

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

If there’s one big thing I like most about this podcast, it’s the program’s positivity. It’s an outburst of goodness diffused into the tiny details of our lives. Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, have this charisma, perhaps because they are honest about themselves, of their frustrations and demerits. And through recognition of these little creases in their lives, they feel more open to self-improvement.

Since Gretchen is a habit guru, listening to them may help us get to the root of our tendencies. And that’s okay if we feel different from others. For all we know, it can help us be more understanding of each other.

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

This podcast is an encouraging outlet of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, the Big Magic. If you are in need of that constant nudge to become creative, this podcast is for you. Reading her book and now listening to her voice is pure magic. It has always been a wonder for me how magnificent writer weave the right words for their audience, leaving them recharged and free. Gilbert has that magic. She’s also one of my inspirations for making this blog to my life, P To Be Awesome. She mentioned in her book that she’s handing out free permission. But now that I’ve gladly accepted it, I can just forget I ever needed one.

The Minimalists

This is the first podcast I’ve ever listened to. The term ‘minimalist’ may sound stiff, but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t mean you have to be a nomad and own only a few things. Rather, it’s being more mindful of our choices—be it in our diet, possessions, relationships, and time. I admire them because their insights are encompassing. And they don’t pontificate: This is what you should do because this is what works for me. They just share what works for them; we are free wade our own way. If it works for us, too, then good. They’ll be glad they added value to our lives. Plus, I love the brevity of their essays. The white space speaks multitudes.


Sometimes I find it hard to appreciate science writing, with all the technicalities fogging one’s interest. Robert Krulwich’s blog changed this; Radiolab did it, too. Krulwich has that knack for narration, both in radio hosting and writing. In Radiolab, he and his co-host, Jad Abumrad, tell compelling tales we tend to overlook or don’t bother to know. It’s comforting that there are people like them cracking the mysteries and offering the small, important bits for us. The show also boasts fresh sound effects that will leave you engaged. It’s learning with bits of solace in between. Let science take you away!


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