The 18 greatest motivational podcasts that would change your life

If there’s something the pandemic has virtually universally ruined, it is private motivation. After greater than a yr of a drastically altered work, dwelling, and private life, many people are aching to do and attain extra. However, fairly frankly, the prospect of going past my typical routine of working from dwelling in my pajamas, rotating between sofa and mattress, is an excessive amount of to consider.

When you, too, are equally flabbergasted on the concept of Doing Issues, we suggest easing into it with easy-to-listen-to recommendation within the areas of your life the place you most want motivation. From advancing your profession choices to offering private dwelling life and happiness ideas, these podcasts might help you get your butt in gear and dealing towards your private objectives.

So pop in some headphones, chill in your sofa (for now), and discover your latest life guru podcast, under.


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Profession Motivation

Whether or not you are a contemporary school graduate or simply on the lookout for a profession enchancment, these podcasters supply invaluable insights into large and small industries alike.

Too Sensible for This

Hosted by Alexis Barber, a Gen Z Black girl navigating post-grad life, love, and profession, Too Sensible for This offers you just a little little bit of the whole lot. Barber is a Google advertising and marketing supervisor and a micro influencer, and her podcast supplies her unfiltered ideas on how to achieve each industries, revealing how Black ladies and ladies of shade could be handled in every position. In between self-hosted episodes and interviews with different influencers, career-chasers, and activists, Barber additionally touches on weight loss program tradition, relationship, and setting objectives.

How I Constructed This with Man Raz

As everybody is aware of, NPR is audio journalism royalty, and How I Constructed This is not any totally different. Man Raz weaves charming profession narratives with every of his inspiring visitors. Every episode highlights stars of a number of industries, like Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia; Whitney Wolfe, CEO of Bumble; Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed; Sarah Blakely, founding father of Spanx; and extra.

Redefining Ambition

Coming from The Ladies’s Community, which connects school ladies with skilled contacts to assist them discover jobs, this podcast options interviews with ladies in management roles throughout loads of spectacular firms, together with Meredith Gertler of HBO; Kathryn Ordower of Glossier; Suzie Reider of Waze; Farah Mohamed, previously of the Malala Fund; and extra. Every visitor shares their private experiences and profession paths, aiming to encourage different ladies to attain skilled success.

Happiness and Psychological Well being Motivation

Discuss a tough factor to tackle. Our personal private psychological well being can really feel like probably the most exhausting hurdle to beat, however these podcasts hope to make that hurdle just a bit smaller, simpler, or much more enjoyable.

Ten % Happier with Dan Harris

Ten % Happier is each a podcast and a meditation app. Whereas the app guides you thru meditative practices led by specialists like Joseph Goldstein(opens in a brand new tab) and Sharon Salzberg(opens in a brand new tab), the podcast is hosted by ABC journalist Dan Harris, who interviews meditation academics and researchers about their ideas for a happier life. Harris assaults subjects like social nervousness, productiveness, and creativity, and he maintains that happiness is a ability. And, like several ability, it may be educated — an optimistic take for an optimistic podcast.

Remedy for Black Women

Dr. Pleasure Harden Bradford is actually a pleasure to hearken to. A licensed psychologist primarily based in Atlanta, Georgia, she tackles all issues psychological well being and private improvement from a nuanced place, centering Black voices and voices of shade whereas discussing subjects like ADHD, gender identification, transracial adoptions, and extra. The episodes vary from six minutes to greater than an hour lengthy, so you’ll be able to take your decide relying on how a lot time and vitality it’s a must to dedicate.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Hosts and sisters Gretchen Rubin, creator of (opens in a brand new tab)The Happiness Undertaking(opens in a brand new tab), and Elizabeth Craft, a tv sequence producer and author, pleasure themselves on giving fast, sensible, and entertaining tips about methods to reside a happier life. The duo seems to be at on a regular basis issues, like methods to declutter and provides higher items, in addition to embarking on extra philosophical ruminations, like about parenting through the pandemic and methods to have tough conversations. Each different episode is tremendous quick, normally two to 3 minutes lengthy, and dubbed “Little Happier.” These minis supply a fast bit of recommendation, like methods to reframe a state of affairs, (opens in a brand new tab)or a jolt of normal serotonin. Personally, the shorter size makes me really feel extra completed for ending a podcast episode.

The Happiness Lab

For the science lovers on the market, Dr. Laurie Santos is boiling happiness right down to its scientific roots. The podcast relies on the extraordinarily standard psychology course she teaches at Yale, the place she breaks down the newest analysis and talks to fellow scientists about research into distraction, laughing, cash, and loads of different issues that contribute to your happiness.

Monetary Wellness Motivation

If they are saying cash cannot purchase happiness, why does it really feel like a big sum of cash would remedy all of my issues? These podcasts search to tell and encourage you to take creating wealth into your individual arms, and, who is aware of … perhaps remedy all of your life issues!

Monetary Feminist

I’ve to confess that Tori Dunlap’s absolute ferocity for finance generally intimidates me. However that is what makes her podcast, and her enterprise empowering ladies to take management of their funds, so alluring. Dunlap, who runs Her First $100K(opens in a brand new tab), a cash and profession platform, is enthusiastic about decoding the difficult and infrequently privileged world of finance for millennial ladies. And whereas the podcast continues to be in its infancy (with solely three present episodes, however extra on the best way), she has severely established her experience over on TikTok(opens in a brand new tab), the place she has 1.6 million followers. When you’re on the lookout for a monetary training that will not disgrace you for not realizing the place to begin, that is it.

Planet Cash

If you wish to perceive the world of economics (ugh), Planet Money makes it virtually kinda enjoyable. The superheroes at NPR sort out the beast of the economic system by profiling the folks, firms, and ideas we care about — TikTok, Scorching Cheetos, Robinhood, minimal wage, Bitcoin, Google, and extra. Better of all, episodes are between 18 and 25 minutes lengthy, so my mind does not really feel like it will explode by the tip.

Bodily Well being Motivation

Most of us do not have a gymnasium buddy or accountability companion nowadays, what with the entire pandemic/limiting who we see state of affairs we have been in for the final yr and alter. These podcasts may take the place of your health coach, or no less than get you to begin excited about the place you need your bodily well being journey to go.

Meals Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison

Getting motivated to take by yourself physique is a BEAST, to say the least. And in doing so, a few of us flip to weight loss program tradition, which regularly encourages restrictive behaviors that may rapidly flip poisonous. Christy Harrison, a registered dietician and creator, works to softly flip you away from policing your well being and meals. She speaks actually, coming from her personal private journey with disordered consuming, weight-reduction plan, and meals journalism. Every episode is a meaty hour or extra; Harrison breaks down subjects like intuitive consuming, anti-dieting being pregnant, and the way particular communities might relate to meals in another way, comparable to how Latinx magnificence requirements change the Latinx well being expertise.(opens in a brand new tab)

TED Well being

TED Talks are a number of the most motivational content material on the market, and TED Well being takes the well-known speaker format and places it in a podcast. Every episode encompasses a totally different speaker taking over a variety of various well being subjects, like nicotine dependancy, panic assaults, menopause, and unfavorable feelings. Whereas the episodes do not essentially give direct recommendation for every well being situation, having the details is a good basis to encourage your self to sort out your well being head-on. And don’t fret – the podcast episodes are normally the size of a shorter TED discuss, about 10 to half-hour.

Courting and Relationships

The pandemic has modified relationship as we all know it, and we’re undecided if that is an excellent or a nasty factor. If you have not gone on a date since final yr, let these podcasts encourage you to … perhaps think about it?

We Met at Acme

Courting sucks, proper? However making it humorous makes it just a little extra bearable. We Met at Acme offers useful relationship recommendation whereas sharing really humorous anecdotes, like a rundown of all of the shady issues males do(opens in a brand new tab), that remind you that you simply’re not alone, even for those who at present are. Host Lindsey Metselaar, CEO of Lindsey’s Lunchbox, her social media administration firm, invitations specialists to debate the burning questions behind intercourse, marriage, first dates, and extra.

Seeing Different Individuals

Hosts Ilana Dunn and Jonah Feingold, a social media supervisor and a author, are relationship… I feel. They have been relationship, had a podcast collectively, broke up, acquired again collectively, began a brand new podcast, and Seeing Different Individuals was born. The pod explores their very own difficult relationship with refreshing honesty and breaks down all the bizarre relationship tropes that millennials face at present, like double texting, relationship apps, and booty calls. Additionally they tackle extra critical subjects like abortion, relationship with power sickness, and popping out. If this podcast’s tenure relies on these two staying collectively, I want them everlasting happiness.

The Flip On

[From our best sex, erotica, dating, and relationship podcasts roundup:] “Whenever you’re a part of a marginalized group, discussions round your sexuality are inclined to get politicized, usually at the price of extra private conversations round particular person experiences. The Flip On is a counter to that, with hosts Erica and Kenrya main raunchy, however nonetheless approachable, conversations round what will get them off as two Black ladies. Some episodes are extra free-form interviews with specialists on subjects like kinks, toys, intercourse training, and sexual difficulties. However The Flip On‘s bread and butter is its distinctive construction of first studying a chunk of erotic literature adopted by the 2 speaking about what they like about it. It is a podcast designed to spark the sexual curiosity of Black audiences searching for satisfaction that is uninhibited by the white male gaze.” —Jess Joho.


Blegh. Greater than a yr of completely working from dwelling has ruined my regular modes of productiveness. Fortunately, these podcasts not solely supply useful reminders on methods to work productively, but in addition encourage you to contemplate productiveness outdoors of simply your work life.

Past the To-Do Checklist

I’m completely responsible of excited about productiveness as “What number of issues can I test off my to-do record at present?” However Erik Fisher, a social media director with lots on his personal every day to-do record, reminds us to consider productiveness holistically, and to take into consideration creativity, mentorship, identification, and goal when attempting to have our most efficient days. Every episode options an skilled visitor on the productive subject at hand, from venture administration to getting issues performed whereas having despair, and is about an hour lengthy.

ProdPod, a Productiveness Podcast

Here is the deal. When you make me hearken to a podcast the place somebody is telling me methods to be productive for any important period of time, I’m mechanically much less productive. The ProdPod has two-minute episodes, for which I’m immensely grateful. With over 100 episodes to select from on topics starting from managing folks to overcoming burnout, you’ll be able to simply line up a number of episodes again to again if you would like an extended listening expertise. However I like that this podcast offers me a fast chew to muse about, and maybe to implement into no matter activity I’m at present engaged on.

Residence and Household

If your own home and your loved ones exhaust you, it might be time to deal with them with some new ways. Fortunate for you, there are entire podcasts devoted to instructing you methods to handle each.

A Slob Comes Clear

If you’re a ordinary hoarder, nothing is much less motivational than listening to a wonderfully neat individual inform you methods to be neater. They simply do not get it. Host Dana White, a blogger, motivational speaker, and creator, does get it. As a result of she, too, is a slob, and she or he’s made it her mission to share ideas and habits which are manageable for everybody. I significantly take pleasure in her episodes that break down decluttering for particular conditions, like transferring, however her total recommendation on constructing cleaner habits for your loved ones is extraordinarily helpful, too.

No One Is Coming to Save Us

A podcast beginner from Lemonada Media, No One is Coming to Save Us is barely a four-part sequence. However in its first two episodes, host and ABC Information correspondent Gloria Riviera and actress Kristen Bell (a top-level relatable mother host) actually pull you in with a heat, sensible outlook on parenting. They do not sugarcoat how laborious parenting could be, therefore the podcast identify, however additionally they interrogate the methods in America that make it so laborious. Their fierce commentary lit a fireplace below my butt to struggle for higher parenting constructions, and I do not actually have a child.

Now, do not forget that completely nobody is anticipating you to get motivated in each single one in every of these classes. However these picks made us really feel one thing, and for those who’re trying to ignite a ardour inside your self, odds are one in every of these pods will just do that.