In need of a little pick-me-up? Then tuning into a positive podcast might be just what you need. We’ve put together five of our favourite feel-good podcasts to help brighten your day. Some of them will help you to change your life, while others will inspire you with stories of amazing individuals.
1. Happy Place
In the Happy Place Podcast, Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them. Now in its ninth series, Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy every day. The weekly episodes – which focus on a different guest each week – explore a variety of issues surrounding happiness and wellbeing and Fearne’s warm, friendly, and down-to-earth tone leaves you with a renewed sense of calm and reason.
2. Kind World
If there’s any podcast that could restore one’s faith in humanity, it’s Kind World. Hosted by reporters, Asuaje and Yasmin Amer, Kind World is a podcast about how a single act of kindness can change someone’s day and even someone’s life. The stories are uplifting, inspiring, and just the kind boost we so often need. In each episode, Andrea and Yasmin Amer bring you deeply intimate stories and interviews that uplift your spirit and leave you optimistic about the good that still exists in our world.
3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
If anyone knows the secret to happiness, it’s probably Gretchen Rubin. Bestselling author of The Happiness Project Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth co-host this award-winning podcast that's all about finding and creating happiness in your everyday life. Each episode involves simple, practical tips to help you find happiness as well as how to tackle common worries, such as the dread of photo anxiety and how often we should visit family. From work and friendships to productivity and creativity, Rubin uses humour and human nature to deliver simple strategies that can help you live a happier life. So if you’re needing a little serotonin boost, then you should definitely give Happier a try.
4. The Happiness Lab
What leads to a happy life? Money? A better Job? Or Instagram-worthy vacations? Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos is here to explain all. She has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale, which is the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history, Santos takes listeners through the latest scientific research, while sharing some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.
5. TED Radio Hour
TED Talks have become the go-to place to hear inspiring and educational speeches from experts around the world. TED Radio Hour investigates the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. In each weekly episode, journalist and host Manoush Zomorodi explores a big idea through a series of TED Talks and original interviews. Listeners get an in-depth look at some of the innovative ideas and new approaches that influential people in the world are bringing to the TED Talk stage. Guests include psychologists, CEOs, neuroscientists, athletes, and journalists.