There’s one thing we know for certain — and it’s not that the Obamas just signed a deal to produce podcasts on Spotify… though honestly, we know that too. (And we’re here for it.) It’s more about how something as simple as a podcast can change the way we think, act, and behave.
Why? Because the best ones dig deeply into specialized areas, feature top experts, and bring you the latest research to jumpstart your creativity, inspiration, and more. Oh and they’re usually free. Good, right? Except there’s a downside: There are just so many of them. How do you know what ones are worth a listen?
That’s what we’re here for. We’re breaking down 48 top podcasts hosted by experts, authors, researchers, and more that can help you make real change in your life. As in, build your happiness, boost your productivity, create new and sustainable habits to help you live better, and so much more.
48 Podcasts for Anyone Who’s Ready to Make a Change
So let’s cut through the podcast chaos and dig into the series (and episodes) that can help push you forward this summer.
Maybe you’re working to improve your mood. And hey, we could all use a bit more joy in our lives, regardless of our baseline. These nine podcasts can help you get there.
Focusing on the latest research from positive psychology and experts, the happiness strategies, tips, and tools in these podcasts are everything you need to start living more joyfully today.
More into changing the way you work than the way you feel? Then these 10 podcasts about productivity are exactly what you need. The podcasts in this post focus on ways to work better and feel better doing it. I.e. you don’t need to be a slave to your office to make big productivity moves.
From the Tim Ferriss show to NPR’s How I Built This, these podcasts, and the episodes we suggest, will inspire you to get things done.
Sometimes, changing your life is about simply being present in the one you have right now. And that is surprisingly difficult in our tech-obsessed, scroll-until-you-scream world. Practicing mindfulness or meditation can help ease away the noise, reduce your stress, and get you ready to take on whatever comes at you.
Make your meditation habit way easier with these 10 meditation podcasts, which help you to not only learn about meditation but try it too. From meditation for athletes to five-minute minis, there’s a podcast here for everyone. Yes, even the skeptics.
If you need a little push to get moving on your best life, these 9 inspirational podcasts are where it’s at. Featuring both series and episodes, we break down the best shows to change the way you think about yourself and the world, the meaning you take from life, how to bounce back from failures, and so much more.
They’re so inspirational you might consider making big, scary changes. And what’s more exciting than that?
There’s a special kind of stress reserved for people who own and operate their own companies. And it’s difficult to explain to those outside of it, which can sometimes isolate our entrepreneurial crowd. Thankfully, there are others like you out there, and they’re making podcasts about it.
These 10 popular podcasts are designed to inspire, spark ideas, solve problems, and address issues specific to those who run their own show. You’ll hear about things like productivity, start-up building, leadership, balance, and more. So you can run a better business and be a better boss. Win-win.
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Your turn: What podcasts do you turn to when you’re ready for a change? Tell us what we missed in the comments.
For more ways to light the fire, check out our post on inspirational TED Talks about leadership.
Author: Chelsey Taylor
Chelsey likes words, especially adjectives, and has been perfecting her perfectionism since infancy. She’s an endorphin-gatherer, top-knot connoisseur, and content manager at Panda Planner.