9 inspiring podcasts to boost your mood
The best mood-boosting podcasts to inspire you daily
Inspiring podcasts have become such a viral thing nowadays. You can easily put your headphones and get lost in the world of amusement. I’m a huge fan of inspirational podcasts whether they’re business oriented or for a peaceful life. There’s a huge variety of podcasts and as they’re super famous now, it’s so difficult to choose the best ones.
I remember scrolling different articles and reading their reviews on famous podcasts, I dearly wished to have a list of something thoughtful and inspiring. Thus, I made this beautiful list of inspiring podcasts to save you from the struggle.
I normally add listening to these podcasts in my morning and evening schedule and currently, I’ve been binge-listening to a couple of blogging podcasts as I really am trying hard to grow my blog.
So, in the morning, while I do my exercise or yoga, I play some mindful podcasts while in the evening, I switch on to some entrepreneurship and business-related talks.
It’s so much fun to hear different stories from all over the world and get inspired. I really wished we had this option of listening to these amazing podcasts back when I was in college, the commute would have become less boring!!
What are podcasts and why I love binge-listening them?
Podcasts are actually the audio files that you can listen to on various apps like Sticher or Spotify. There’s a huge variety of podcasts available ranging from inspirational to cook shows to business.
It has literally everything for everyone. I recently discovered a few podcasts even for kids!! The study shows that people are getting more into listening pods and audiobooks rather than reading. ( though I don’t believe there’s any alternative to reading)
However, due to this trend of starting your own podcast, it has become difficult to stick to a few of my favorites. I struggled to find the best ones and I’m a bit choosy about it. I don’t like listening long pods that run for a few hours. ( C’mon we are not listening to a movie show here!!)
Thus, I hand-picked these beautiful, inspirational podcasts that will cheer you up when you’re feeling low and unmotivated. Let’s admit this, all days are not the same and we do get some really bad mental health days.
This list will help you get back on track and be mindful. The main reason I love binge-listening these podcasts is because of their value. Though these pods are free and you can listen on any app ( I use Castbox), the speakers provide unbelievable value through these talks.
So without boring you further with my talks, let’s get started with the best list of inspirational podcasts that you should listen to.
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The best inspiring podcasts to listen to cheer you up
1. Super soul conversations
This was the first-ever podcast that I started listening to. The Super soul conversations with Oprah is undoubtedly the best one till date. I stumbled upon this show on Youtube and found out the podcast for the same. Oprah interviews some phenomenon legends on her show and cracks open the heart to infinite love and possibilities.
If you’re just starting out and looking for some inspirational podcasts to hear, get this on your list. My favorite episode is by Amy Schumer who shared an embracing perspective on what it means to be a modern-day woman. These talks will make you think and feel deep besides giving a better understanding to live your truest life.
Related piece: How to become your best self without being super anxious.
2. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
I’m a huge fan of Marie TV and I got to know Gretchen Rubin and her works through her interview with Marie. Gretchen is the New York Times bestseller for her book ‘ The Happiness Project’ where she spends a year figuring out what makes her happy.
The happiness specialist and author run this ‘Happier with Gretchen podcast’ along with her sister where they give some simple tips on living a happier life. Besides being informative, this podcast is humorous too.
If you’re feeling low and are searching for happiness, this is the podcast you should listen to now!! I usually listen to this podcast in the morning when I’m fresh and it keeps me charged for the rest of my day.
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3. The slow home podcast
Though this podcast by Brooke McAlary has no recent episodes, the six seasons of 300+ episodes still keep providing great value. If your aim is to feel relaxed and calm, this is the podcast for you. I always listen to this podcast during the afternoon time or early evenings but I still have only covered around 5-6 episodes and fell in love with it.
The host interviews with beautiful humans that will help you lower your stress and bring peace in your life. The episodes are a little over an hour but they’re all so worth it. I would highly recommend this if you’re looking for slowing down and enjoying the moment.
Related piece: How to practice journaling and live mindfully.
4. The courage makers podcast
As the name itself suggests, this podcast is all about igniting the inner courage and bringing out the badass within. This is a weekly podcast for creative and passionate, mission-driven doers, world shakers to inspire and encourage fellow courage makers. The aim of this beautifully badass podcast is to make this world brighter by doing everything that we always wanted to do but didn’t have the courage.
Every Monday, unconventional changemaker share their story and ignites the fire of chasing one’s wildest dreams. This is for you if you wish to be vulnerable, courageous, and make this world a better place. The episodes are a little over an hour but they’re so worth it.
5. The unproductive podcast
This is the newest podcast and yet they have wrapped up their first amazing season with phenomenon line-ups. In this era of the hustle and being productive, this podcast brings in the idea of slowing down and being unproductive. You will fall in love with this beautiful narration once you start listening to them.
I’m a huge fan of Morgan Harper Nichols, the poet whose vulnerability went viral and she was the first one to be interviewed in this podcast.
The amazing hosts of this inspiring podcast pick the brains of creative entrepreneurs, thinkers, creatives, and tinkers who approached life differently. It’s all about mindset, habits, and experiences of the most creative minds of the world to inspire you to spend less time scrolling and more time, dreaming.
6. The calmer you podcast
Do you wish to bring peace and calm into your daily lives? Then here’s the solution. Hop onto this mood-boosting podcast which will inspire you to stay calm by quieting your inner critic and helping you gain more confidence.
This inspiring podcast is run by the expert hypnotherapist, coach, and author of The Anxiety solution, Chloe Brotheridge. The time span varies from 15 mins to 40 mins but they’re super quick and easy to follow. This podcast will help you calm your anxious mind and find hope even during your struggles.
Related piece: 51 self-care ideas to release anxiety and bring calmness.
7. Therapy for black girls
I recently discovered this podcast during the black lives matter movement and I so loved the narration + practical advice given by Dr. Joy Harden. This inspirational podcast covers everything from mental health to personal development to all the small decisions we make to be our best selves.
I’m currently loving the episode about having self-compassion because this is something we all need to practice every single day. The host also takes questions from the audience and answers them in monthly Q and A. If you’re looking for what happens in therapy sessions, this podcast is for you.
8. Savvy Psychologists
The best thing about this podcast is that the time span is over 15-20 mins, something you can easily digest or catch-up during weekends. With over 300 episodes, Dr. Jade Wu takes the science of psychology and makes it both interesting and entertaining. She explains the reason behind our various emotions such as joy, anger, grief, and helps us build better relationships.
I usually listen to this mindful podcast during weekends because it’s super easy to catch up. I loved the episode where she explains how to make suffering optional. You will totally fall in love with the narration of this inspiring podcast and I’m sure you will catch-up quite a few episodes in one go.
9. Optimal living daily
You can’t even guess the length of this podcast. With only over 7 mins per episode, the host gives amazing ideas to live an optimal life. Justin Malik reads you the best content on personal development, minimalism, productivity, and more from various books with author permission.
So, if you don’t have enough time referring and reading books, this could be the best one for you. Just scroll through the titles and play what resonates the most with you. If you’re just starting out with podcasts and are looking for some personal development, this motivational podcast is for you.
Related piece: How to be productive during the holidays.
10. Unlocking us by Brene Brown
Do we even need any description for the podcast run by Brene Brown?
This is my favorite podcast because I so love Brene’s ideology and thoughts for vulnerability and shame. I have read her books and watched her Netflix show. She is so amazing.
‘I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human’- says the author.
This podcast will become your favorite one if you’re fond of some inner-reflection and bringing out your raw self. In fact, I started journaling because of this sole reason and have been cracking myself open since then.
Related piece: How to stop worrying about what others think of us.
11. Hey, girl by Allex Elle
I have always admired the beauty of words that Allex spills on her Instagram account. Her thoughts and ideas are so mindful and thought-provoking that you cannot resist reading. I have also attended her virtual workshops on journaling and they were super inspiring. Hey, girl is an inspiring podcast that unites the voices for phenomenon women near and far.
Created with sisterhood, the storyteller and author, Allex Elle sits down with the people who inspire her. The talks are for around 20 mins but they are really insightful. Hey, girl is for everyone looking to connect with some wonderful women all over the globe.
The best mood-boosting podcasts to help you cheer up – conclusion
Selecting the podcast of your taste and style could take a little longer if you’re just starting out but this is so worth all the time. Once you get hooked to listening to some particular host, you will hardly feel like switching it off.
Thus, I would highly recommend starting with two to three inspiring podcasts instead of jumping into this wide ocean and trying out everything. I hope that this list will help you kick-start your podcasting journey.
Do let me know in the comments below about your favorite binge-worthy podcast.
Also, I would love to stay connected and have you in our mindful community where I send weekly emails on living your best life.
AnithaSeptember 11, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Just the kind of list I was looking for. Have been really stressed really at work and I was just thinking of podcasting as stress relief during my drive to work
CassieSeptember 11, 2020 at 8:03 pm
I love podcasts, especially motivational and business creating ones. I try my best to listen to at least one everyday while I am on a walk, cleaning, cooking dinner, or doing chores. It is so therapeutic and makes my day 10x better! I am so excited to especially check out your recommendation, Hey, Girl podcast by Allex Elle. Thank you for sharing!
JessicaSeptember 12, 2020 at 5:29 am
I can’t wait to dig into these podcasts. They all sound so lovely and inspiring. Just what I need in these times.
GabrielaSeptember 13, 2020 at 6:36 pm
Optimal Living Daily is so awesome im a big fan
Steeve SproulSeptember 13, 2020 at 7:11 pm
This is such a great post and I love the layout of your blog. I definitely want to check some of these podcasts out.
RochelleSeptember 13, 2020 at 7:49 pm
These all seem so great! Podcasts are my favorite ways to fall and self reflect at the end of the day so thanks for sharing
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