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, simple living and like-minded philosophies.
These podcasts are not just a random collection. All of these are on our smartphones. I listen to them on my daily walks or runs. Sandra tunes in to them when we travel between destinations. These podcasts keep inspiring and teaching us, and we hope they will be a great resource for other (aspiring) minimalists too.
Ten Percent 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 sceptical about) and inspired him to write a bestselling book, Ten Percent Happier. But not only that: he also started an app, Ten Percent 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 for the Ten Percent 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, 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
On Your Terms
With his website Midlife Tribe and Office Anywhere podcast, 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.
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.
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.
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] or leave a message at +1 937 202 4654. In an attempt to really connect with their audience, they also answer lightning-round questions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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 that 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.
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.
With Intention (formerly 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 With Intention (formerly 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.
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.