Happier, the podcast from Gretchen Rubin and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, is one of the subjects of this delightful piece by Sarah Larson for The New Yorker, “Better Living Through Podcasts“. Check it out for recommendations for a few other podcasts, including Elizabeth Gilbert’s.
Larson writes about Rubin:
“Like Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” [Rubin’s] books and podcast try to explain us to ourselves so that we’re working with, not against, the occasionally maddening ways in which we operate. She’s not trying to make you perfect; she just wants you to get enough sleep and to enjoy, rather than dread, celebrating loved ones’ birthdays.”
After picking up an audiobook copy of Rubin’s latest book, BETTER THAN BEFORE (Crown), Larson found:
“Rubin had learned that there was a close correlation between habits and happiness, so she figured out how we form them, use them, and change them. Once I came to understand habits as harnessing our own laziness—making a habit frees you from decision-making, which you can use to your advantage—my relationship to them changed permanently.”
You can learn more about Rubin’s take on habits on her site. Happier is part of the Panoply network, which also produces podcasts like Sport’s Illustrated’s This Is Your Brain on Sports, Popular Science’s Futuropolis, Vulture’s TV Podcast, NYT Magazine’s The Ethicist–and many more.