For Podcast Listeners, Something New! First Mini-Episode to Make You “A Little Happier.”

My sister Elizabeth and I are having so much fun doing our weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

And I’ve found that there are some powerful ideas about happiness, good habits, and human nature that don’t quite fit the structure of the show.

So, for listeners who’d like to start their weeks with a little boost of happiness, I’ve started doing “A Little Happier.”

Each Monday, I’ll release a little bonus episode — maybe 2-3 minutes long — to help launch the week.

I’ve always been intrigued about how much we love stories, and in the end, how we learn best from stories, so these “A Little Happiers” will feature a story from my life, or something I’ve read or observed, that make a point about happiness. They’ll often feature one of my “Secrets of Adulthood” — the things I’ve learned, with time and experience, about how to be happier.

I love all teaching stories, koans, parables, aphorisms, maxims, epigrams, proverbs, and the like. A Little Happier is another way to explore the power of story and aphorism.

I hope these mini-episodes will help you start your week…a little happier. Let me know what you think!

  • Carla

    What a great surprise for a Monday! Thanks!

  • It’s great, thanks! I’ve been looking forward to these since you first mentioned them on the podcast.

  • Nynne Furbo Skov

    Great idea and great inspiration 🙂

  • Pam

    Loved it so much! It was a treat to get a bonus – I love a bonus! Thank you!

  • Cath

    Each time I finish listening to you and Elizabeth I want another episode straight away…! Now Monday will be happier too!

  • Gosh, I’m so addicted to podcast. Thank you and Elizabeth for providing yet another lovely show, because I can never get too many!

  • Judy

    Loved it! Thanks for adding to the mix…so enthusiastically!

  • Denise Bell

    Sweet! Love this idea. Mini is maxi!!!

  • Mariya Manahova

    Great idea, I like it a lot! Mine episodes are really refreshing 🙂

  • Thank you for the mini-episode! You have so many little bouts of such wonderful tidbits and positive, memorable information that are valuable to everyone and anyone – thank you so much. I need my Gretchen podcasts pretty much daily. 🙂 (And Gretchen and Elizabeth) 🙂

  • Melanie Novak

    This resonated with me so completely. I realized that like you, I can’t remember any of my professor’s names and few of the classes. But my clearest memory was an English professor who read a passage from Jane Eyre and said, “and this is why we love Jane!” And he said it with such enthusiasm that I’ve never forgotten him and think of him so fondly.

  • Linda Sue Brown

    Bravo!!!!!! Mini-Happiness Podcast from Gretchen Rubin! Thanks!!!!

  • Kimberlee Rawers

    Loved the mini podcast…my most vivid and lasting memories from college are those of two English professors and the unabashed love and enthusiasm they had for the works they were teaching. One professor taught Henry James and the other American Literature and I will never forget either of them and the joy of literature they passed along. One of them said that with books, you can never be lonely or bored, and I’ve done all I can to pass that along to my kids. Great reminder for a Monday!

  • Diana Scatton

    Thanks, Gretchen! Love it! College was a long time ago…. I’ll have to think about it. But now I’ll be looking forward to Mondays to see what other thought-provoking tidbits you’ll have to offer!

  • Vee Collins

    Amazingly good. The new Littles stopped me in my tracks and stayed with me. Thinking about them lots, and a perfect complement to the other podcast.

    • gretchenrubin

      I’m so HAPPY to hear that!

  • Melissa

    This was great! I do remember the teachers that spoke with such enthusiasm and joy… it is something that will stay will you. I’m a little happier now!