Podcasts to keep you Positive

Downtown Abbey: The Official Podcast

Missing the goings-on of the aristocratic Crawley clan? While you wait for the big-screen spin-off Downton Abbey: A New Era to hit theaters on May 20, relive the highlights of the beloved upstairs-downstairs drama with this nostalgic podcast. Fan favorites like Michelle Dockery and producing powerhouses like creator Julian Fellowes discuss behind-the-scenes scoop that will satisfy your appetite for Downton dish.

Well Read Black Girl

Edim, the force behind the game-changing literary platform and book club Well-Read Black Girl, brings her tome-loving sensibility—and famous lit-world friends—to this weekly toast to the written word. Notable authors and voracious readers like Brit Bennet, Jacqueline Woodson, Gabrielle Union, and Nikole Hannah-Jones chat about what’s on their bookshelves, which writers have shaped their lives and careers, and why words are so pivotal in their worldviews.

The Big Hit Show

Hosted by journalist Alex Pappedamas, formerly of MTV News and Grantland, and created in partnership with the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground, this deep dive into zeitgeist-shifting pop culture sensations dropped its first set of episodes in January. Spotify will release new chapters from the series throughout the year. Catch up on the first, an examination of Twilight teen mania, and the second, an odyssey into Kendrick Lamar’s hip-hop classic To Pimp a Butterfly.

A Hot Dog is a Sandwich

Mythical Chefs Josh Scherer and Nicole Enayati discuss, debate, and dissect the web’s most hilariously controversial culinary quandaries.

This is Dating

Come for the cringe, stay for the connection. Follow four modern daters as they trade the swiping, the small talk, and the fumbled first kiss for a curated virtual date with a team of fairy godmothers behind the scenes. You might have eavesdropped on a first date before, but never like this. From the producers of Where Should We Begin, This is Dating, a series of recorded first dates.

Normal Gossip

Normal Gossip delivers juicy, strange, funny, and utterly banal gossip about people you’ll never know and never meet. Host Kelsey McKinney discusses reader-submitted comedic gossip with guests, diving into the lives and decisions of complete strangers. The second-hand truth really is stranger than fiction. Produced by Alex Sujong Laughlin. Show art by Tara Jacoby.

You’re Wrong About

You’re Wrong About sheds new light on subjects you think you already know. With the speed at which news and culture move in 2021, it’s so easy for things to get oversimplified. Luckily, the hosts of YWA use their journalistic skills to look into how our collective understandings may be mistaken. Some episodes are one-offs, and some installments in a series — regardless, You’re Wrong About is definitely one of the best podcasts on the market. 

Start With This

Start With This is not just a regular podcast; it also serves as a playground for creativity. The hosts, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink (creators of Welcome to Night Vale) focus on a topic in each episode and end it with two assignments — something to create and something to consume. Overall, the show is designed to encourage listeners to think about, talk about, and make art.

Everything is Alive

An “unscripted interview show,” Everything is Alive is an interesting take on exploring the world. How so? In each episode, an interviewee is an inanimate object telling its life story. Ever wanted to hear how a bar of soap feels? What about an elevator? Think of this as that part of Fight Club concerning Jack’s organs, except you’re not part of Project Mayhem or burning your and other people’s hands with lye.

Mad Chat

The show focuses on pop cultural depictions of mental health, with the charming and irreverent Sandy Allen playing host. Alongside guests like Hannah Giorgis and Jonah Bossewitch, they’ve explored the way beloved properties like Donnie Darko and BoJack Horseman address psychological conditions like depression and anxiety.

Best Friends

Gayle & Oprah. Bonnie & Clyde. Nicole & Sasheer. Enter the pantheon of best friendship. When you’re forced to change your number, are sick of being single, or want to take a pole-dancing class, you’re going to need a best friend…and if you don’t, you can still have this podcast.

The Kindness Podcast

Nicole Phillips is a champion for using kindness to overcome all of life’s difficulties, including her own battle with breast cancer. She spreads the message of the healing power of kindness through her public speaking and weekly column, Kindness is Contagious, which runs in newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. She is also the author of the book, Kindness is Contagious: 100 Stories to Remind You God is Good and So are Most People.

The Self Love Fix Podcast

Welcome to The Self Love Fix Podcast. Host Beatrice is an embodiment coach, teacher, and mentor, and founder of The Self Love Over Codependency Program.

The Happy Times

Welcome to the podcast about life experiences, anxiety, depression, and the road to The Happy Times.

The Mindset Mentor

The Mindset Mentor™ podcast is designed for anyone desiring motivation, direction, and focus in life. Host Rob Dial has amassed a passionate following of over 3 million social media followers, including business professionals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners with his expertise and passion for helping motivate people to become the best version of themselves.

The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Podcast

Oprah is opening the vault of The Oprah Winfrey Show with 25 years of hand-picked legendary interviews, a-ha moments, ugly cries and unforgettable surprises.

Seizing Freedom

Highlighting true stories of Black people’s fight for liberation, progress and joy from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

Balanced Black Girl

Balanced Black Girl is a podcast dedicated to helping you feel your best. Tune in for approachable health, self-care, personal development, and well-being advice from Black women wellness experts.

Just Glow With It

Just Glow With It is a lifestyle & self growth podcast that holds golden tools & magical gems to help guide you on your journey of becoming your best self and manifesting your dream life.

The Habit Coach with Ashdin Doctor

If you are tired of relying on your fickle motivation to get things done, if you are tired of starting because you fail to see things through, The Habit Coach podcast is for you! Ashdin Doctor, the habit coach, takes you through the creation of simple easy to do habits. Habits we can all incorporate into our lives. Habits around, health, sleep, de-stressing, productivity, movement, nutrition and relationships.

The Quote of the Day Show with Sean Croxton

The Quote of The Day Show is your daily dose of inspiration, featuring the best-of-the-best speakers and prosperity teachers. Each episode spotlights an inspiring quote and 5-10 minute motivational audio clip to help you live a life you love. Featured speakers include Bob Proctor, Lisa Nichols, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Jim Rohn, and more. Hosted by entrepreneur and money mindset expert Sean Croxton.

The School of Greatness

Lewis Howes is a New York Times best-selling author, 2x All-American athlete, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur. The School of Greatness shares inspiring interviews from the most successful people on the planet—world-renowned leaders in business, entertainment, sports, science, health, and literature—to inspire YOU to unlock your inner greatness and live your best life.

The Motivation Report

This is a podcast hosted by the dynamite husband and wife duo Rachel and Dave Hollis. Each of their episodes provides listeners with advice regarding how they can work with others they have relationships with to continually be striving to bring out the best in each other.

Lead to Win

If you are interested in learning the secrets to a successful life, this podcast is for you. Hosted by bestselling authors Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller, this show gives you the tools necessary for meeting your career and personal goals.

The One You Feed

For those undergoing personal struggles, you’ll find hope and inspiration in Eric Zimmer and Chris Forbes’ podcast. Hosted by Zimmer, the show provides information about habits, ideas, and strategies that keep people on the positive side of life (i.e., “the good wolf”).

The Mindvalley Podcast

Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley, hosts this motivational podcast and provides tons of welcomed material encouraging our personal growth.

Art of Charm

The “Art of Charm podcast” with hosts AJ Harbinger and Johnny Dzubak, walks us through how to master human dynamics, relationships, and becoming your best self.

The Tim Ferriss Show

Author of the best-seller The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss, interviews individuals from the top of their respective fields to give his listeners an insider examination of exactly what it is that these people do to perform at their best, continually improve, and how to overcome challenges along the way.

Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life with Francine Beleyi

Few provide listeners with better advice than Francine’s “Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life” podcast. Through a variety of tips, interviews, and guides, Francine helps us to re-ignite our inner sparks to discover the answers to these truly challenging life questions. 

No More Excuses: Monday Motivation

It’s no mystery that the trend is to dread Mondays. But imagine how much better our weeks would be if we were actually motivated for them instead of dreading them. This is exactly what the “No More Excuses” podcast is all about. Sandi Ballard helps motivate people for their upcoming weeks, encourages people to be more accountable for their lives, and provides helpful self-improvement tips that we can all take action on. 

The Science of Success 

Science meets psychology in this weekly podcast hosted by Matt Bodnar. Guests on The Science of Success range from neuropsychologists and entrepreneurs to FBI hostage negotiators and mindfulness gurus. The goal of the show is to get you thinking about your potential for success and learn ways to become a better version of yourself. 

Working Hard, Hardly Working 

Author and entrepreneur Grace Beverley moves away from the traditional 9-5 work rhetoric, to get a better understanding of what ACTUALLY goes on behind the scenes and how that looks for us as individuals. Are you good at taking time off? What’s the side to your work life that no one else sees? How do you avoid burnout? Each week Grace and her guest open an honest dialogue about these topics and share practical tips to help make our work and home lives more balanced, successful and fulfilling. 

By the Book

Keep your personal-growth game strong, even when you’re not working on Happify tracks! Hilarious and endearing hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take the most popular and well-known self-help books, live by their tenets for two weeks, and record their experiences along the way. If you’ve been interested in a certain book, but have been tentative about taking the plunge, By the Book is the most fun preview you can have! 

10% Happier with Dan Harris

Dan Harris is known around here for his mindfulness tips and tricks. In his podcast, the anchorman and meditation enthusiast continues his search for peace of mind and happiness as he interviews “smart people” on their search for greater enlightenment. Guests range from the Dalai Lama to meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg to RuPaul. 

LeVar Burton Reads 

Take a look, it’s a book in a…podcast. As great as audiobooks are, they don’t always capture that warm and fuzzy feeling of having someone read (seemingly) just to you. Now, this Reading Rainbow for grown-ups brings you back to that cozy place, as LeVar Burton reads short stories by both classic and contemporary authors. Pro tip: Snuggle yourself under the covers before pressing play and imagine he’s reading by your bedside. 

Better Life Lab 

We spend so much time working, why not make our jobs work better for us? This podcast offers research-based tips to help us take a more holistic approach to our careers. Episodes profile how work intersects with our relationships, kids, and happiness. 

DNA of a Maker with Lilliana Vazquez 

Host Lilliana Vazquez interviews high-power women such as civil rights activist Tarana Burke and Cowboy Ventures founder Aileen Lee, and attempts to learn about the traits that turn “makers” into effective leaders. 

The Sporkful

The tagline is, “It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters.” Host Dan Pashman is a super savor-er who deconstructs the consumption of food. One of the highlights of the podcast is how he describes whatever he’s eating, whether it’s how his teeth feel when he bites into an authentic Chicago dog or dissecting each and every component of a sandwich. Listening will probably make you hungry, and it will definitely make you eat differently. 

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness 

You know JVN from Queer Eye, where he takes a heartfelt approach to connecting with others as they work toward self-improvement. He’s bringing the same endearing energy to his podcast, in which he explores a wide range of topics, from how local politics can become more gender-inclusive to how to be a better cat parent. 

Happier with Gretchen Rubin 

Rubin, the best-selling author of The Happiness Project, and TV producer Liz Craft are here with helpful tips to help you create good habits that’ll ultimately make you feel, well, happier. 


Although they’re no longer releasing new episodes of this pod, the archives are truly a treasure trove. Hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low tell queer stories with heart, interviewing a wide range of subjects from singing duo Tegan and Sara to a man who adopted his partner before LGBTQ+ marriage became legal. I recommend starting with the episode titled “Return to Ring of Keys.” It’s a tale in which a young woman reconnects with her first queer adult role model. 

How to Fail 

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better. 

WE Well-Being Podcast 

Conversations to boost grit and bust stigma. Host Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and guests will challenge the way you think about mental health. 

Becoming Wise 

The Becoming Wise podcast offers depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, This Movie Changed Me, and more to come. Krista Tippett is the author of the New York Times bestselling Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. President Obama honored her with the National Humanities Medal for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” 

Call Your Girlfriend

A podcast for long distance besties everywhere. Co-hosted by BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow. Produced by Gina Delvac. Brand new every Friday. 

Where There’s Smoke 

Where There’s Smoke explores self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations. 

Press Send with Chinae Alexander 

Chinae Alexander, an entrepreneur and lifestyle personality, wants to hear about your problems. On Press Send, she’s fielding your questions and bringing her trademark honesty to the issues, big and small, that we all actually care about. Join Chinae and a unique guest each week as they dish out advice about everything from dating to career to friendship. No question is too intimate and no topic is off limits—just press send. 

Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism 

They read you the best content on personal development, minimalism, productivity, and more, with author permission. Think of Optimal Living Daily as an audioblog or blogcast where the best blogs are narrated for you for free.

Song Exploder 

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. 

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Super Soul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self. 

Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert returns for the second season of her hit podcast MAGIC LESSONS, ready to help another batch of aspiring artists overcome their fears and create more joyfully. This year’s guest experts include Neil Gaiman, Gary Shteyngart, Amy Purdy, Michael Ian Black, Brandon Stanton, Martha Beck, and Glennon Doyle Melton. 

Good Life Project 

Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

Black Girl In Om 

Come here, sis, bring it in for the real thing. From words of affirmation to set the tone of your week, guided meditations supporting you in keeping calm, to transparent conversations with movers and shakers in relevant industries—we’re giving us life! 

The Lively Show 

The Lively Show is designed to uplift, inspire, and help you add a little extra presence to your everyday. In 300+ episodes, we have covered a wide variety of topics! Listen to interviews with thought-leaders such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Brené Brown, learn the principles of the Law of Attraction and Quantum Mechanics, keep up with Jess and her “Flow Diaries,” or dive into inner voice work and consciousness. 


Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people simple questions and the answers might change your life.

Practicing Human

Practicing Human is a daily podcast, hosted by Cory Muscara, offering insights and practices into how to live a fulfilling life. Cory pulls on his time living as a Buddhist monk in Burma, his many years as a mindfulness and meditation teacher, and his work in Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kindness Chronicles

We live in a world dominated by stories of divisiveness. The Kindness Chronicles hopes to give the world a dose of the “Minnesota Nice” it desperately needs. Hosted by Fox Sports North’s Kevin Gorg and John Schwietz (a guy you’ve never heard of), the Kindness Chronicles delivers stories of kindness through the lens of Minnesotans who share their personal backstories and celebrate those who influenced them to become the people they are today.

How did this get made?

Ever see a really terrible movie and wonder how this thing got made? Well, here’s your answer.

American Masters PBS

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once wrote that, “the universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” The American Masters podcast features new interviews with contemporary artists, along with previously unreleases interviews from the series’ 30+ years of award-winning documentary films.

Sleep Cove

Guided sleep meditations and stories to help you drift off, with some focus on timely issues (for example, anxiety over things you can’t control, health positivity, etc.)


This is more for getting perspective on the current crisis, or learning more about some of the medical concepts around what’s happening. It’s lighthearted and funny, but science-based.

The Science of Happiness

What does it take to live a happier life? Learn research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today. 

Happiness in Progress

An Emmy-award winning journalist hosts Happiness in Progress. You’ll hear from some incredibly inspiring people and get motivation each episode to better your life and find your own happiness.

Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success and Success

This podcast features readings from geniuses James Allen, Napoleon Hill, Hellen Keller, Booker T. Washington, Khalil Gibran, Marcus Aurelius, and more.

Your Motivational High 5

Feeling stuck? This short, 5-minute podcast seeks to motivate you in the way of self-examination, positive mental health, and self-empowerment to do incredible things. We are all about telling ourselves positive narratives as a way to combat and rewire the negative narratives we’ve believed much of our lives. Find support, realize you’re not alone, and feel empowered to move forward!

Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life

Purpose-driven people are doing what they love, making the money they need and impacting positively the lives of others. Francine Beleyi interviews today’s most inspiring thought-leaders, authors, speakers, CEOs, entrepreneurs and change makers. These inspiring and honest conversations will empower you to redefine the life you want and live your best life now!

Hell Yes Life

On the Hell Yes Life podcast, you’ll learn how to profitably pursue your passion and purpose and live up to your full potential. You’ll hear inspiring stories and life lessons from amazing Hell Yes Entrepreneurs – authors, speakers, coaches, artists, spiritual teachers, personal development experts, world changers and everyday heroes who have successfully launched their passion-based businesses and are now living their fully realized, purpose-driven Hell Yes Lives.

No More Excuses: Monday Motivation

Listen in and learn ways to stop with the excuses and live life to its fullest! If you’re ready to get up and do something your future self with thank you for.

Science Vs

Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.

Mystery show

In each episode, Starlee Kine solves a minor mystery which cannot be solved with search engines alone. It was declared the best new podcast of 2015 by iTunes.

Reply All

The show features stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people

The Moth

Moth stories are true, as remembered by the storyteller and always told live.

It’s been a minute

A talk show with a heart. Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists.

Without Fail

Candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn’t and why. Hosted by Alex Blumberg.

99% Invisible

A podcast that focuses on design and architecture, but is about so much more. Its goal is to expose the unseen and overlooked aspects of design, architecture, and activity in the world.


Humorist Jonathan Goldstein helps people try to resolve a moment from their past that they wish they could change.