A Not-So-Little Happier: Announcing the Launch of “The Onward Project” Podcasts!

Ta-da! In this not-so-Little Happier, I’m announcing the launch of a family of podcasts, headed by me, called The Onward Project.

These podcasts will make your life better — happier, healthier, more productive, more creative.

The shows are very different from each other, but they share a similar vibe. They’re fascinating, with great hosts, and they’re all full of concrete, manageable ideas, research, stories, and tips for how to make your life better.

The idea is that if you like Happier, you’ll like the other Onward Project shows, too.

Radical Candor 

Radical Candor from Kim Scott and Russ Laraway. Kim describes the podcast as “how not to hate the boss you have, and how not to become the boss you hate.” It’s all about how to be constructive, and critical when necessary, and also kind. If you want to look at Kim’s book Radical Candor, it’s here.  New episodes every Tuesday.

Side Hustle School

Side Hustle School from Chris Guillebeau. If you heard our episode 87, our live event in Seattle, you heard us talk to Chris — so you have a sense of what an interesting guy he is. In Side Hustle School, he talks about how to pursue a “side hustle” — a money-making project you pursue apart from your day job. It’s not a part-time job; it’s not a hobby; it’s something you create. Chris is a Rebel, by the way.  New short episodes every day.

I’m so excited about these podcasts — these hosts are so engaging, with such interesting stories and perspectives. And I can’t wait to hear what you think! Let me know.

And to give a teaser, in March, two more podcasts will launch:

Happier in Hollywood

Yes, Elizabeth is doing another podcast! This one is with her longtime writing partner, Sarah Fain. It’s about how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful, and more productive in a back-biting, superficial, chaotic, unpredictable, fundamentally world. I can’t wait to listen. Elizabeth and Sarah have the craziest stories.


We got a huge response after episode 52, when we interviewed Melissa Hartwig of Whole30. Whole30 is a very structured way of eating for thirty days, to re-set your body clock. As we discussed, it’s not an approach that works for everyone, but for many people, it’s life-changing (and I don’t use that word lightly). Her ideas resonated so much with listeners that I asked her to start her own podcast.

Check out Yogi Tea. When it comes to enjoying life, little moments — like drinking a delicious cup of tea — can make a big difference.

Want to get in touch? I love hearing from listeners:


Happier listening!

  • Really excited you are expanding into these realms! Looking forward to listening!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! Happy listening.

  • Christine

    How exciting!

  • carolie_king

    I am so happy to get any and all recommendations from you and Elizabeth, and I do love your guests, but I really don’t like receiving these podcasts automatically. Yes, I can just delete what I don’t want, but I shouldn’t have to, when what I subscribed to was Happier. This feels a bit like junk mail.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks for the feedback!

      They appear in the feed only this one time – but that’s good to know, for when more shows launch in March.

    • Bookworm9798

      Yes, I feel the same way. I listen to podcasts while driving to and from work and like to choose what I’m going to listen to as I drive. In the morning especially I want the tried-and-true — no unexpected surprises.

  • Victoria Wolcott

    I’m an academic and now department chair. I’ve had no training in management and believe me faculty are hard to manage! So “Radical Candor” appears at the perfect time for me. Thank you!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! that’s great to hear.

  • Dana

    I’m really looking forward to the March podcasts!! Thanks!!

    Also going forward- I’m wondering if you have anything for the 20something. I love your show Happier and occasionally listen to Eliza Starting at 16, but I feel as though I am stuck in the middle. College Applications (and college!) are in the past, and I don’t yet have a full on careers, kids, or a mother in law. I’m just a soon to be 25 year old, second year teacher, first year moving far away from home and in with my boyfriend. I’d love a podcast like Happier that is run by or addressesses the everyday life of 20somethings. Thanks!

    • gretchenrubin

      Have you checked out Short & Sweet? Elizabeth’s assistant Brook Turner is co-host with Kady Kamakate. All about “adulting.” See what you think!


    • Kat Sherrie

      I would recommend checking out Adulthood Made Easy, which is part of the Real Simple family of podcasts. I’m in this same stage of life and it’s super helpful!

  • Rachel Stansberry

    Thanks! I still listen to Another Round from Liz’s recommendation. Voices I would not have known about that have expanded my thinking.

    • gretchenrubin


  • Rachel Stansberry

    Wow! Both Radical Candor and Side Hustle School are great! I need more time for podcasts!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying the!

  • Since day one, your podcast is the first I’ve been introduced to, I listen to, I know and feel comfortable with. It’s like you’re members of my family. 🙂 I’m a questioner with rebel tendencies and don’t want to do a full-on search for podcasts I may or may not like. (I don’t have the patience…) Thank you for more podcasts like yours – just what I really wanted! Looking forward to “Side Hustle School” and “Happier in Hollywood”!