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14 Life-Changing Podcasts For Aspiring Minimalists

Paul Ryken Last Updated: Thursday 6 February 2020 Discover minimalism Leave a Comment

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When you start a new journey, whatever it may be, chances are you are looking for others who have been there before you – whether to give you the push to finally do it, to provide inspiration to keep you going or to learn from their mistakes. On our journey to and with minimalism, podcasts have been a huge source of inspiration. And today, we share with you our favourite podcasts (in alphabetical order) on happiness, minimalism, essentialism, slowing down and like-minded philosophies.

These are not just cobbled together from other people’s lists. These are on our Smartphones. Paul listens to them on his daily walks or runs, Sandra when we travel between destinations. They keep inspiring and teaching us, and we hope they will be a great resource for you too.

10% Happier

10% Happier

In 2004, Dan Harris, an ABC news anchor, had a panic attack on live TV. An experience that made him take up meditation (something he was always skeptic about) and inspired him to write a bestselling book, 10% Happier. But not only that: he also  started an app, 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

Now, in his weekly podcast, Dan explores whether you can be an ambitious person AND strive for enlightenment (whatever that may mean). I prefer the book, but the podcast is still worth checking out especially given the quality of his guests. On his website, you can also sign up to the 10% Happier Podcast Insiders Feedback Group. The weekly episode feedback helps them craft an even better show.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS Feed – first episode: 11 March 2016 with Dalai Lama. And if you want more from Dan Harris, here is a selection of his books.

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10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
  • Harris, Dan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 04/16/2019 (Publication Date) - Dey Street Books (Publisher)
Happier with Gretchen Rubin is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the number one bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. In her weekly thought-provoking podcast, Happier, she provides hands-on advice on a broad array of topics to help you establish (and maintain) good habits and ultimately, live a happier life.

We really enjoy the comprehensive show notes she provides with each episode. It saves us making notes as we listen.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or via email – first episode: 25 February 2015.

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The Happiness Project, Tenth Anniversary Edition: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
  • Rubin, Gretchen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 10/30/2018 (Publication Date) - Harper Paperbacks (Publisher)
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Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
  • Better Than Before What I Learned about Making and Breaking Habits To Sleep More Quit Sugar Procrastinate Less and Generally Build a
  • Rubin, Gretchen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 12/15/2015 (Publication Date) - Broadway Books (Publisher)

Have you ever wondered whether adopting minimalism could improve your life? We believe it can, and we share our view on how to go about it.

Happier in Hollywood

In the third podcast on our list with Happier in its title, screenwriters Liz Craft and Sarah Fain make their personal and career struggles in male-dominated Tinseltown a universally applicable topic. Very insightful, indeed… and very entertaining, too. And if the title looks familiar to the one above, that is because Liz Craft is Gretchen Rubin’s sister.

Liz and Sarah include a brief description of each episode on their website which helps us determine which episodes to check out. And you can subscribe to the email newsletters as well.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, PlayerFM, TuneIn and Stitcher – first episode: 18 May 2017.

Happier in Hollywood is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.
Meditation has many benefits | Photo by Yogi Madhav on Unsplash
Meditation has many benefits | Photo by Yogi Madhav on Unsplash
ive Happy Now is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

Live Happy Now

In their seasonal podcast, the editors of Live Happy Magazine interview thought leaders in positive psychology and mindfulness, providing ideas and scientifically proven tips that help you live a happier, more meaningful life. Some episodes are better than others… but with such a variety of people interviewed and so many different aspects covered, you will find answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

One thing I really like on their website is the ability to explore the podcast episodes by category:

  • Happiness
  • Home
  • Inspiration
  • Magazine
  • Science
  • Work.

Season five started in August 2019, but you can easily catch up on previous seasons. Like the others so far, you can sign up to their newsletter to get happy news, tips and things that make you smile.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and SoundCloud – first episode: 26 August 2015.

Do you prefer documentaries over podcasts? Check out our short list of documentaries relating to minimalism, downsizing, less waste and more.

Mama Minimalist / The Sustainable Minimalists

At some point on your minimalist journey, you are likely to want to explore another, closely aligned topic: sustainability. They blend well together – as we and Stephanie Seferian have found out.

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast is a combination of aligned topics such as sustainability, minimalism, zero-waste living, decluttering and conscious consumerism – all taking into account the specific needs of families. Learn more at MamaMinimalist.com.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts and RSS feed – first episode: 06 March 2018.

The Sustainable Minimalist Podcast is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

Minimal-ish

Desirae Endres is a new-ish mum who learned what minimalism and simple living can do for her and her family. As a self-confessed life-long learner and a former English teacher, she has combined her passion and her new-found knowledge to share her thoughts in her podcast called Minimal-ish.

On her weekly show, she talks about moving towards a more intentional, lighter life and motherhood. She also has a variety of guests, from fellow parents to experts, who help dive into the various topics of the week. Desirae’s enthusiasm to share her knowledge is infectious, and her faith is guiding her journey.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher – First episode: 31 August 2018.

The Minimal-ish podcast

If you thought you can’t adopt minimalism because you have kids, maybe our friend Christine’s guest post can encourage you to rethink and start your own journey to minimalism.

Minimalist Moms Podcast

Mother of three, Diane Boden’s approach to minimalism is to be realistic and attainable. Each bi-weekly episode of her Minimalist Moms Podcast is with a guest from a different background, making her podcast series one of the most varied, far-reaching ones out there.

Subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play – first episode: 30 September 2016.

Minimalist Moms Podcast is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.
If the going gets tough don't forget to breathe
If the going gets tough don't forget to breathe | Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash

On Your Terms

With his websites Midlife Tribe, OfficeAnywhere and podcast On Your Terms, Peter Fritz, a twice-divorced, twice-broke middle-aged father of three aims to help us over 40s master the best phase in life – our midlife. His wisdom, a guiding hand and the occasional kick in the butt – that’s what you can expect from Peter and his podcast.

Each episode is listed on his website with a brief description and the ability to download, subscribe or share.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts – first episode: 02 September 2017.

Office Anywhere is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

We gave up what we knew and took a leap into the unknown. Learn here why we chose this path and what it meant to our happiness.

Optimal Living Daily is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

Optimal Living Daily

If you’re after a daily digest of blog posts you’d otherwise have no idea exist, this podcast might be for you. With permission from the authors, Justin Malik provides an audio version of blog posts, covering a variety of topics including personal development, minimalism and productivity.

If audio blogs are just what you need, you may also want to check out the other podcasts in the Optimal Daily family, covering business, finances, health and relationships.

Each episode has it’s own show notes page, which allows you to subscribe, download, share, rate and review it. To make it easier, you can sign up to Justin’s weekly newsletter for life tips, quotes, and free tools to optimize your life.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PlayerFM, TuneIn, and Stitcher – first episode: 12 December 2015 with Joshua Fields Millburn.

Simple Podcast is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

Simple

Author and host Tsh Oxenreider chats with friends about big and small ideas, deep and thought-provoking stuff as well as the small everyday things we sometimes wonder whether only we have an issue with. Make sense of it all and be thoroughly entertained with this twice-weekly podcast.

Every episode has a show notes page that includes related posts and links from the episode. You can also subscribe to The Art of Simple‘s short weekly email, aptly named 5 Quick Things, so you’ll also know whenever there is a new episode.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, PlayerFM and Stitcher – first episode: 10 July 2015.

Organized Simplicity The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living
  • Hardcover Book
  • Oxenreider, Tsh & Jacqueline Musser (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 02/20/2020 (Publication Date) - Betterway Home (Publisher)
Want to live a simpler life? These podcasts may give you the inspiration you need.
Want to live a simpler life? These podcasts may give you the inspiration you need. | Photo by Easton Oliver on Unsplash

Do you know if what you wear is sustainably and ethically made? Not sure? Learn here how to find out more about your stuff. It’s eye-opening.

The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus need no introduction… at least not to the aspiring minimalists among you. In their podcast on minimalism, the two discuss different aspects of how to live a meaningful life with less. It’s always great to hear their thoughts on a variety of topics.

The show notes page includes a brief description, the ability to download the specific episode, quotes, and mentions. All very succinct. As you would expect from these wordsmiths.

If you want to comment on the podcast, you can leave a review on Apple Podcasts. And if you have questions, you can leave a message at a voicemail (do these still exist?) or send a voice memo (modern technology) to [email protected]. In an attempt to really connect with their audience, they also answer lightning-round questions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and YouTube – first episode: January 2016. And if you want more from The Minimalists, here is a selection of their books.

The Minimalists is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.
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Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
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  • Millburn, Joshua Fields (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 140 Pages - 12/08/2011 (Publication Date) - Asymmetrical Press (Publisher)
The Slow Home Podcast is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

The Slow Home Podcast

Has the rat race gotten to you, and you’re looking for a way out? Well, good news: There is a growing number of people who are fare-welling life in the fast lane and are opting to slow down, simplify and focus on the things that truly matter to them.

One of them is Aussie Brooke McAlary, the founder of Slow Your Home and author of Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World and  Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life. In her podcast, she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life, exploring what makes people change, how life can be different, and what their advice is to anyone looking to slow down.

Brooke’s is another example of a podcast who really follows through with a great show notes section that asks questions and leads you on a path of thought-provoking action. You can also subscribe to a weekly email newsletter called The Slow Post, where they share slow living inspiration, podcast updates and some behind the scenes shenanigans.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts and Stitcher – first episode: 04 November 2015.

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Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World
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  • McAlary, Brooke (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 07/10/2018 (Publication Date) - Sourcebooks (Publisher)
The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

The Tim Ferriss Show

If the name Tim Ferriss doesn’t ring a bell, The 4-Hour Work Week likely will. In his podcast, the self-confessed experimenter chats to a variety of people well-known in their respective fields (and beyond), digging deep to uncover the tools, tactics and tricks that work for his interviewees. Some episodes are more applicable to the average person than others, but they are all entertaining, and we’ve always learnt something new (even if it’s what not to try).

Because there is so much great content in the episodes (that normally last more than an hour), the show notes are comprehensive – from great descriptions of the topic or guest to op-eds, videos and people mentioned, as well as related posts. You can also subscribe to Tim’s 5-bullet Friday email newsletter – his weekly dose of tips, tricks and things he enjoys.

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and Overcast – first episode: 22 April 2014. And if you want more, here is a selection of books written by Tim Ferriss.

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  • Hardcover Book
  • Ferriss, Timothy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 416 Pages - 12/15/2009 (Publication Date) - Harmony (Publisher)
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Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
  • Hardcover Book
  • Tim Ferriss (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 624 Pages - 11/21/2017 (Publication Date) - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Publisher)

Zen Commuter

Thom Walters makes your commute to work or your errands peaceful and motivational with his short podcasts. Daily from Monday to Friday, he talks about a topic geared to helping you progress on your life journey. Balance, stress relief and self-confidence are just a few of the topics that he has been covering to date.

Subscribe via RSS feed and Apple iTunes – first episode: 22 April 2014.

Zen Commuter is one of the curated Minimalism Podcasts as recommended by Minimalist Journeys.

What podcasts on happiness, minimalism, essentialism, slowing down and like-minded philosophies have changed your life? Leave a comment below.

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Life-Changing Podcasts For Aspiring Minimalists | Podcasts are a great source of inspiration. Check out our favourites on happiness, minimalism, slowing down and like-minded philosophies.
Life-Changing Podcasts For Aspiring Minimalists | Podcasts are a great source of inspiration. Check out our favourites on happiness, minimalism, slowing down and like-minded philosophies.

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