Towards the end of this year, I developed a new love of Podcasts when I decided I wanted to take a short break from listening to music in an attempt to use my time better. Now, of course that’s not to say that listening to music isn’t a good use of time, but I wanted to use my time for learning and bettering myself, which I thought I could do through podcasts.
The first podcast I listened to was The Science of Happiness.
“Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRI and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre.”
This podcast is honestly beautiful. The gist of it is: they choose a topic such as ‘Find Your Best Possible Self’, interview a ‘guinea pig’ who undertakes an activity related to that topic, and discuss their findings.
Now, that little summary doesn’t do it justice at all, because it is such an interesting thing to listen to, and it really opens your eyes to what happiness really is. The science behind happiness in itself is intriguing on so many levels too.
I really enjoyed listening to such a range of “guinea pigs” too, as they are all so diverse and come from many different backgrounds, stages of life, and careers – so they all have their own experiences and outlooks, which opens the listener up to other people’s stories and struggles.
The Science of Happiness had a super positive impact on my day to day life, as I listened to it in the car when driving to an from work. I definitely noticed a positive change in my mood, and I was able to be much more mindful and really began self-evaluate.
The durations of the episodes vary from just ten minutes to almost an hour, so it’s great for when you’re tight on time, or have an hour to spare to relax.
You can listen to this podcast on Spotify, or on the link I provided above! Why not try out some of the activities yourself? You can find those here.
Once I was all caught up with The Science of Happiness, I moved onto The Minimalists Podcast.
“Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.”
I had previously heard of The Minimalists through watching their TED Talk, and the art of minimalism is fascinating to me, so listening to this podcast is both interesting and inspiring.
The Minimalists themselves are funny and casual, which sometimes makes you feel as though you’re simply listening to a conversation two friends are having, or that sometimes you’re involved in that conversation. It’s a really pleasant podcast to listen to!
I definitely admire those who have taken up the minimalist lifestyle, as it takes a lot of commitment, discipline, and conscious thinking. I’d love to begin incorporating aspects of minimalism into my own life in any way that I can, as I feel it’s such a positive way of living and can be adapted to anyone’s lifestyle!
If you too often find yourself with hundreds of clothes yet still have “nothing to wear” or if every single one of your drawers is starting to look like a junk drawer, or if you know you just have too much stuff you don’t need, I could not recommend this podcast enough – it’s super inspirational, so give it a listen.
This next podcast is one all my fellow bloggers should listen to. Of course, it’s “Exciting Emails: The Podcast” by the incredible Vix Meldrew.
“…Week after week, Vix Meldrew brings you lessons, discussions, and expert advice (from actual experts) on everything from starting your blog, smashing your branding, growing your following, MAKING MONEY, and everything in between….”
I wish I had found this podcast sooner, but I am more than glad I found it when I did! I have been following Vix for a while, and recently subbed to her Exciting Emails newsletter, and so when I realised she created this weekly podcast, of course I jumped right in!
Like The Minimalists, Vix is super casual and chatty, but simultaneously informative, truthful, and more than helpful! The information and advice she gives is five star, and it feels like having a blogger big sister to help you along the way.
I adore this podcast, and I cannot wait to begin making some serious changes to my blog based on the advice I’ve picked up over the past few episodes, and I’m so excited for the upcoming episodes she keeps teasing at.
So, if you haven’t already, definitely give Vix’s podcast a listen, because you will not regret it, and your blog will thank you ten times over!
What are your favourite podcasts? Let me know! I’d love to find some more to listen to.