Over the last few months, I’ve discovered a really easy way to snap myself out of any bad mood, whether I’m sad, angry, irritated, or just blah. It’s the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, which is hosted by author Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project), and her sister, Elizabeth Craft (a TV writer and producer).
Luckily for me, they produce a new episode every week, and there are almost two years’ worth of archives, so I always have something new to listen to (although I’m about to finish listening to the old episodes I’d missed before I discovered the podcast). In fact, this podcast works so well to keep me upbeat that I only let myself listen when I need a pick-me-up.
I listen in the car, when I’m stuck in traffic.
I listen when I’m exercising.
I listen when I’m cleaning the house.
And of course, I listen whenever I’m feeling down.
Gretchen and Elizabeth feel like old friends at this point, and since Elizabeth lives in LA, I harbor this stalker-ish fantasy about meeting her sometime and freaking her out by acting like I totally know her. They are both marvelously positive without being fake, and I can’t help but wonder if I’m entertaining the people who see me laughing as I walk outside during my sons’ practices while I listen to the podcast.
I’ve adopted numerous positive habits and tricks from listening to the podcast, since Gretchen’s most recent book, Better than Before, is all about habits. In fact, I use a strategy called “pairing” to make unpleasant tasks like cleaning more palatable. (I know some people actually like cleaning … I am not one of them!)
Do you have a favorite podcast? If so, please let me know what it is in the comments. I feel lost thinking about what I’ll do when I’ve listened to all of the Happier episodes and have to wait for the new one to be released each week!
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