There is a podcast for everything you could imagine today. Whether you are looking for sports, pop culture, news, literature, or the best self-help podcasts, you can easily find what you’re looking for. To make it even easier, we put together a list of the best self-help podcasts for you to choose from based on what they bring to the table and what you’re looking for.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin has written several New York Times bestsellers such as The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Outer Order, Inner Calm, and The Four Tendencies. Gretchen Rubin has the solution when you are on the hunt for ways to live a happier life. She prides her podcast, Happier, on making life a tiny bit happier with each step you take. Whether those steps are big or small, the key is to work on making your life a tiny bit happier from where you started. She focuses on studying human nature, meaning everyone is different, and understands that what works for her may not work for you. The Happier podcast is about finding what does work for you to make yourself the tiniest bit happier each day. She also has an app to keep you motivated and challenged throughout the day while you are not listening to her podcast.
Where Should We Begin? by Esther Perel
Esther Perel is known for her gripping take on the difference between being alive and not being dead. She embraces life from all aspects and takes a deep dive into religion, sexuality, cultures, emotions, relationships, and more. The layout of the podcast is pretty simple, you listen to other couples who are having a chat with Esther Perel about anything going on in their lives. It could be about infidelity, children, or any number of things that go on in relationships. The real-time vulnerability combined with her comedic timing produces a beautiful transcript for anyone listening who is looking for answers to questions they may not have known they had. You never know what you can learn from others. This is why she has anonymous couples on as guests to show what conversations can do for your own life and the lives of others.
The Good Life Project by Stephanie and Jonathan Fields
The Good Life Project podcast is all about finding out what it means to you to have a good life and putting what you need for you at the forefront of the conversation. Community, media, and education are the three pillars of the podcast. They even have a free quiz that evaluates what you think having a good life means, and what you should focus on based on your thoughts. You fill out questions on a Likert scale. This determines how you as an individual feel about your life given your unique circumstances.
10% Happier with Dan Harris
Dan Harris is the author of the award-winning book 10% Happier and turned it into a podcast by focusing on meditation. He has different guests on the show to discuss different techniques for meditation. They target different focuses such as anxiety or stress. Dan believes that happiness is a skill that you can train, like working out your muscles in the gym. At its core, 10% Happier is a platform that focuses on looking within yourself to find meditation exercises. These exercises can show your best form, therefore unlocking your best and happiest self.
Brené Brown studied courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy to create Unlocking Us. She is also the author of six New York Times bestsellers and a guest professor. Brown uses the phrase “embrace the suck”. This focuses on life and puts forth the courage to create empathy for a better life forward. She has guests of all kinds discussing different parts of life. This helps listeners find courage over comfort. It also helps them produce happiness they may not have known existed inside of them.
No matter what you’re looking for in a self-help podcast, there is an answer for you. Just like all of these podcasts preach, there is no right answer, and there is more than one answer. You can use whatever methods and mantras you find to be the most helpful for your unique situation. Now that you have a few of our favorites to start your journey with, you can find what works for you. So go find your new favorite podcast!
Adeline is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism. Currently living in Charlotte, she enjoys reading, volleyball, and strolling through her favorite farmers markets with her Goldendoodle Theo.