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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. It’s just that 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. We may also find ourselves revisiting creativity. Become more appreciative and grateful. Exercise decluttering instead of organizing. Get to know ourselves when it comes to diet formation. It’s not necessarily about chasing happiness; it’s about being deliberate of our actions so that we can find more meaning in our daily lives.

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

This podcast is an encouraging outlet of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, the Big Magic. If you want that push, that constant nudge to become creative, this podcast is for you. Reading her book and now listening to her voice is just pure magic. It’s exhilarating how she can weave the right words for her listeners, leaving them recharged and free. She’s also my inspiration for making this blog, 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 all-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 to wade through our own strategy.  If it works for us, too, good. They’ll be glad they added value to our lives. They did, so I keep coming back. Plus, I like that Joshua Fields Millburn embodies in his essays the sweetest of simplicity and brevity. It’s full of unspoken power.


Sometimes I find it hard to appreciate science writing, with all the technicalities fogging your interest. Robert Krulwich’s blog changed this. Radiolab did it, too. He has that knack for narration, both in radio hosting and writing. In Radiolab, he and his co-host, Jad Abumrad, tell compelling tales that 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, juicy bits for us. The show also has a slew of sound effects that will leave you engaged. It’s learning with a twist of solace. Just plug your earphones and let science take you away.

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