Listen to Podcasts and Audiobooks And Start Living Your Best Life
If you’re one of those people who has an insatiable thirst for knowledge but doesn’t have enough hours in the day for leisurely reading, fret not! You can still satisfy that desire for learning through listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and be on track to becoming a better you.
Unlike listening to music on the radio where there is that inescapable chatter from DJs, the beauty of podcasts and audiobooks is that there are no interruptions and you can choose to listen to any topic you are interested in. It’s almost like having a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips wherever and whenever the yen to learn strikes you.
But the bonus of listening to podcasts and audiobooks is that you can learn and gather a lot of information while you do other things. A 2016 study was published analyzing which modality allowed for better comprehension: Reading or listening. It was concluded that there were “no significant differences based on whether a portion of a non-fiction book was presented via audiobook, e-text, or dual modality.” Simply put, we can learn and understand something equally well either by reading or listening about it.
It makes sense then to put on those headphones, download that podcast about a topic you’ve always wanted to gain more knowledge about or that audiobook version of a book you’ve been meaning to read but never had the time for. Don’t quite know where to start? Here are some of our recommendations on podcasts and audiobook sites that you can browse through.
New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project, Better Than Before, The Four Tendencies, and Outer Order, Inner Calm, Gretchen Rubin goes “on air” with her sister Elizabeth Craft, a Hollywood television writer and producer, to talk about various ways to be happier—from productivity hacks that make life easier to good habits to develop, and more. The sisters’ lighthearted banter is easy on the ears and loaded with useful and practical information that listeners can adopt in their everyday lives.
Award-winning YouTuber Amy Landino’s thousands of subscribers have reason to give her over 13 million views—she’s perky without being annoying and authoritative without being pushy. Which is why her Detail Therapy podcast should be on your playlist. Unlike her almost instructional YouTube videos on “how to go after the life you want,” Landino’s podcast features interviews with interesting and successful personalities as they share tips on how to make the most of their day, career and relationship advice, branding and business strategies, to name a few. It’s like brunch (or cocktails) with your friends, only with more substance and less gossip.
Aside from her sister Gretchen’s Happier Podcast, Elizabeth Craft is also the other half of Happier in Hollywood which talks about surviving life in Hollywood and show business. Liz hosts the show with Sarah Fain, her high school best friend and writing partner of 18 years. The two share their experiences as writers and showrunners for The Fix, and aside from career and professional advice, their podcast is about “how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful, and more productive in a back-biting, superficial, chaotic, unpredictable, and fundamentally insane world.” Now doesn’t that just pique your interest?
For a megadose of thought-provoking insights from the world’s most inspiring people, tune in to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. Oprah Winfrey is still the undisputed Queen of Talk as she proves in her podcast which addresses some of our big questions about life. Her guests include spiritual leaders, motivational speakers, bestselling authors, and health and wellness experts. Each episode aims to get its listeners to think more deeply, feel more profoundly, and live more fully. This is more than just chicken soup for the soul.
This podcast offers to answer and find solutions to its listeners’ questions on any topic. Interviews with experts range from “How to Eat Less Meat” (good idea) and “How to Be an Adult” (uh-huh) to “How Japanese Forest Bathing Can Save Your Life” (this!), this podcast gives practical advice without letting its listeners feel like a complete doofus for even asking. As its title suggests, each episode provides ways to make your life just a little bit better, making you into yourself version 2.0 ad infinitum.
If reading is more your thing but you can’t seem to find time to sit down with a book, then audiobooks are your option. Here’s a rundown of some of the apps you can download to access the widest range of audiobook titles.
Scribd is a paid monthly subscription to e-books and audiobooks with a wide range of categories to choose from. Its non-fiction collection covers topics on business and management, personal growth, health and wellness, fashion and the arts, food, and travel, while its fiction collection starts off with children and young adult books to romance, mystery and crime, including LGBTQ and indie titles. Scribd is accessible via smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop, and users can download the e-book or audiobook to save into their device for later.
Just like Scribd, Audible is a paid monthly subscription with a wide selection of titles. It is integrated with the Amazon Kindle system, and allows users to switch from a Kindle e-book to an Audible audiobook for a minimal fee. This app is great for Amazon users, as you can access your account through your various Amazon-enabled devices.
Apart from being able to download the audiobooks for offline listening, this service also allows users to switch from device to another without losing their place in the audiobook. The simple layout makes for easy navigation, as members browse through its 125,000 book selection. Unlike Scribd or Audible whose free trial month allows unlimited access to titles, Simple Audiobooks only allows two books during its 30-day trial period. One cool bonus: A sleep timer that you can set if you’re the type who likes to read to fall asleep.
Remember that store that sells books? Remember that bookstore called Barnes & Noble? Well Barnes & Noble may have closed most of its branches around the globe, but since it transitioned into e-books, it has regained avid readers back into its online store. Offering over 50,000 titles, Nook’s edge over its competition is that users are not tied down to a subscription. Instead, users can buy the specific title they want whenever they want it, without being tied up to any monthly fee.