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The podcasts I listen to every week

This is a very indulgent blog post! But I really enjoy listening to podcasts and I love hearing about the podcasts people listen to so I thought I would run down some of my favourites. I have previously blogged on this, coincidentally it was almost exactly 3 years ago today! And I also did a post on my favourite podcasts for creativity. But these are the ones I listen to right now for fun!






Happier with Gretchen Rubin
I love Gretchen's books so I've been listening to this since it started.
Happier is a weekly podcast that Gretchen Rubin makes with her sister Liz Craft. They talk about how to be a little happier in everyday life. I've particularly found the discussion about different tendencies and how they affect our happiness very helpful.

You can find out more and listen to the Happier podcast here >



Binge Mode Harry Potter
This is my current favourite but it is definitely not for everyone. However, if you love the Harry Potter books and re-read them regularly you'l…
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