As you know by now I am a big, big fan of podcasts! I rounded up my favorite podcasts back in November and then added to that list with a few new additions in March. And then in April, I even launched my own! I still do listen to a LOT of political and newsy podcasts but we are leaving those out today as sometimes we just want to feel good, gain motivation, or just be entertained. There is nothing wrong with that. I look at my media consumption the same way I look at my life… balance is important. You can still care about world affairs but also want something a little lighter. And that’s when I like to put on an uplifting podcast!!!
My Definition Of An Uplifting Podcast
To me, uplifting can mean a lot of things. When my spirits need a lift, I put on one of two kind of podcasts.
- Some of these podcasts uplift me because I feel like I’m talking to my best girlfriends. I laugh along with them and always feel better. I should mention that is really the goal with our podcast, Bad on Paper. Self-promotion is not the goal of this list, but we want to entertain you and leave you feeling happier + lighter with ours. We’re proud to be your guilty pleasure!!
- Some of these podcasts are more thought provoking. They inspire me and encourage personal growth. Whether they are inspiring listeners to live their best lives or highlighting someone who is just killing it in their industry, I love these podcasts.I love listening to interview podcasts with people who have interesting business stories, have overcome a big hardship, etc.
The Ultimate List Of The Most Uplifting Podcasts
I feel like I am best friends with Kate and Doree! This one is one of my favorite They are amazing and have so many fantastic beauty + self care recommendations along with a healthy dose of real life. I always feel happier after listening to them chat. It started as a weekly podcast and now they have little mini episodes, which I just love. Listen to Forever 35 here.
Girls Gotta Eat
This has become one of my favorite podcasts as I just laugh and laugh and laugh with these girls. It’s kind of like U Up (another favorite) but with a strictly female perspective (although they regularly bring on men as guests). They are definitely not always politically correct, and they are sooooo very open about their dating lives and real life, but I just laugh. I feel like they are my smart, hilarious, slightly raunchy besties. As a single girl in her thirties, dating in New York, I live for each episode – it helps me realize I’m not alone in this crazy, crazy world. (Ashley and Rayna, if you are listening, can we get drinks?) Listen to Girls Gotta Eat here.
Ted Talks Daily
This is a given (does anyone NOT listen to Ted Talks?) but man – I have learned so, so much from Ted Talks podcasts. I love that they come out every day and they’ve become an important part of my day to day routine! It’s thought provoking and always something interesting. I try to listen to most of the new episodes, but this podcast is so prolific that I also find myself looking up older episodes to reference them. Listen to Ted Talks Daily here.
The Lively Show
Jess Lively is such an inspiring person. She is currently on a hiatus (I hope the podcast comes back but I am still making my way through all 280 episodes!) but she really should be a motivational speaker or life coach. Her interviews are amazing. Her weekly podcast is one of the first podcasts I ever heard about, but I was a late adapter to podcasts so now I’m caught playing catch-up. Listen to The Lively Show here.
The Skinny Confidential Him & Her
Lauryn and Michael are the ultimate duo as they crack me up while also inspiring me. This is definitely one of my favorite podcasts. I like that they talk about their day to day, relationship, life and business etc. but they also interview some really incredible people… especially in the beauty and wellness spaces – I loved their interviews with Kate Somerville and Candice Kumai. Lauryn is highly entertaining, smart, and always keeps it real. Listen to The Skinny Confidential Him & Her here.
This is Hillary Kerr’s podcast and I just love it. Hillary is one of the founders of WhoWhatWear and I just find her to be so relatable and likable – while also being aspirational. The podcast is very new but it’s full of great interviews with women who have amazing careers… about life and business. She’s talked to Jen Gotch (the founder of Ban.do), Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad… it’s just such a good podcast. As a blogger I most recently got a lot of interview with Marianna Hewitt. Listen to Second Life here.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Can Gretchen Rubin please be my life coach? She is the author of the Happiness Project (LOVED this book) and is inspiring listeners to live their best lives. She has such an amazing understanding of human nature. This one is definitely helping with my own personal growth and just learning to embrace my own life and be happy with what I have. Listen to Happier with Gretchen Rubin here.
Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert
I looooved Big Magic, and was so excited to learn that she has a podcast too! Similar to the book, the podcast is all about unlocking your creative potential. She brings on different influential people and creatives in every episode. Listen to Magic Lessons here.
The Chalene Show
Chalene Johnson is amazing. She’s a celebrity fitness trainer and her podcast is thought provoking, inspiring. I love all the practical advice – it really covers everything. From diet + fitness tips to relationships to productivity hacks, it’s just chock full of useful, valuable content. Not every episode is relevant to me (i.e. “What to do when you eff up as a parent”) but I included it as the ones that are relevant are incredible. I loved the one about worrying less. Listen to The Chalene Show here.