Gretchen Rubin studies and writes about happiness, and on this podcast she and her sister Elizabeth Craft discuss tips to make your own life happier. Gretchen's research into what she calls The Four Tendencies has been life changing for me. The Four Tendencies don't describe our whole personality, they describe a very important slice of our personality. Upholders, Obligers, Rebels and Questioners find their motivation to get things done from very different sources. These sources drastically effect our relationships with other people, and understanding ourselves and the ones we love can heal relationships and help us all to be our best selves. I wish I'd understood these things years ago.
What's the time commitment here?
Episodes air twice a week. The main episode lasts about half an hour. The second episode is called "Little" and it is only 2 or three minutes long.
This was one of the first podcasts I searched out, because I'm a fan of Gretchen Rubin. She really understands that some tips might work for me but not for you, and she very mindfully makes sure that her list of tips don't feel like she's saying "here's why you suck, and what you need to do about it." I leave her podcast feeling empowered and happier, and that, when you are talking about happiness and motivation, is actually a lot harder to do than it sounds. More than any podcast I plan to review this month, this one has the power to change your life for the better.
You can listen to it here, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.