Alegrar and Alegrarse are very commonly used in Spanish.
I understand Alegrar is used like Gustar in that something causes one happiness.
Alegrarse is used as a reflexive verb where the emphasis is on the person, I am happy etc.
Are they both interchangeable? If I want to say, it makes me happy or I am happy because of it, is it more or less the same thing?
I understand Subjunctive can follow at times, as can the prepositions.
I have followed the podcast and transcript from "Español Automático" 222. I still have doubts despite their useful explanations. I find the 2 types of verbs confusing and indeed the use of "se" at times confuses me. Could someone look or listen to the podcast please as this is an important issue for learners? Thank you