Last week I saw a post on Peanut Butter Fingers about the Happier podcast on iTunes. Developed out of her best selling book, The Happiness Project, Happier focuses on a new topic each week on small tricks, habits and tidbits to incorporate into your life to make you happier. The podcast features Gretchen Rubin, the self-proclaimed 'happiness guru' and her sister Elizabeth, the 'happiness guinea pig'. The two could not be more different in personality. Gretchen is a writer in New York while Liz is a TV producer and writer in LA. Their banter is adorable, and my favorite part is that they seem like real people.
You guys I'm loving this podcast! I was worried it would be a little too saccharine for my taste, but I love the tone of it. Within each episode, the sisters hash out the day's topic, relating it to their very different lives. What I love most about this is how different each woman is and the commentary they each bring to the table.
I love that each episode features something small that I can work into my life, effective immediately. Some of my favorite tidbits thus far:
1. The one minute rule. What task can be accomplished in one minute or less? Things like putting shoes away, hanging up a coat, or simply responding briefly to an email can each be done in under a minute and therefore they should be done immediately. Don't put them off until later - do it now and cross it off your list.
2. Remember what you loved to do when you were 10; it often informs what you will love to do now. I love this one. Though I don't actually remember so much, I know for a fact that I loved reading. Like plowing through babysitters club books like it was my job. And you know what? One of my favorite things to do as an adult is to sit and write, and it's even a part of my job.
3. Act like a toddler. Would you send your toddler off to daycare with shorts that are digging into her belly? I would never do that. But would I consider wearing a dress that's a little too tight around the midsection and be miserable all day? Generally yes. But I'm rethinking that now.
4. Treat Yo'Self. The ladies talk about how rewarding oneself after completing tasks can actually inhibit good habits, but that a treat or indulgence now and then is a great way to experience happiness. And it's ok.
I highly recommend actually downloading the podcast to hear the ladies speak more about these topics in an educated manner ha! I hope you enjoy!
So that's what I'm obsessively listening to these days! What are you listening to, reading or watching lately?