Like millions of people, one of my favorite things to do is listen to podcasts. They’re engaging, there’s a wide variety to choose from, and they’re easy to listen to anywhere. One of my go-to genres, when I need some inspiration, is self-help podcasts. I like that episodes offer tons of actionable insights.
But here’s the thing. Whether you’re new to podcasts or looking for fresh ones to add to your library, there are millions of episodes available. If you need an afternoon pick me up, the last thing you want to do is scroll through endless lists of podcasts.
To make finding new podcasts less overwhelming, here are 10 self-help podcasts to get you started. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.
1. Filtered Perceptions
We all do it. We scroll through our social media feeds and feel a ping of jealousy or inadequacy based on the images we see. However, we’re just looking at a moment in time, not the journey those people took to get to this point.
Unjustified comparisons are the premise behind the Filtered Perceptions podcast by host Chivon John. This podcast throws the doors open on the misconceptions many people have about the successes they see on social media. Each episode features a creative professional and explores what goes on behind the scenes — the struggles, the failures, and more — to help you get real with yourself and decide what type of life you want to lead instead of living for the likes, follows, and shares.
2. Tiny Leaps, Big Changes
Tiny Leaps, Big Changes, is a personal development podcast hosted by Gregg Clunis. Every episode explores the actions we all take and the results of those actions. For example, lots of people want to make significant life changes – pay off debt, lose weight, or start a business. When we look at these goals as one big-picture target, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stall progress. A better approach is to break down each goal into smaller, more manageable parts and tackle one.
What’s great about this podcast is each episode offers simple strategies to help listeners follow-through. You’ll be making significant progress towards your goals before you know it.
3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
From blog posts to books, there’s no shortage of content about happiness. Most people want to be happy but have a hard time defining what that means for them. Happiness might mean slowing down to enjoy the little things. It can also mean being at peace and going with the flow. Happiness means different things to different people.
Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, the Happier podcast is a great companion for people ready to explore what it meant to be happy. Gretchin, along with her sister and co-host Elizabeth Craft, weaves key learnings from #1 bestseller books like The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, into every episode.
The Happiness podcast consistently ranks at the top of the podcast lists. Choose from the over 270 episodes to kickstart an intentional happiness journey.
4. The Marie Forleo Podcast
The Marie Forleo Podcast is all about helping listeners discover new ways to live lives full of success, productivity, and health. In every episode, Marie and her guests touch on practically every area in life. You’ll find yourself nodding along with the facts shared and end each episode feeling inspired and motivated to try new things or do life differently.
Marie is also a New York Times bestselling author. Check out her latest book; Everything is Figureoutable for exciting ways to change your mindset and think outside of the box when it comes to overcoming challenges. Setbacks slow down progress, but most problems get fixed with a little hard work.
5. Good Life Project
The Good Life Project Podcast is the perfect companion for people who want to understand and embrace their purpose and live life to the fullest. Every week, host Jonathan Fields chats with a new guest – from powerhouses like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin, and Gretchen Rubin to other guests. Every episode is on point and packed with strategies to help listeners live the life they want.
6. The Thrive Global Podcast with Arianna Huffington
Created by Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global is an online community dedicated to helping people avoid burnout and better manage mental wellbeing and productivity. The site is full of content to help readers find balance in life. The Thrive Global Podcast takes the concept of burnout and overwork and explores tips and tools to fight back. Episodes are a little like a deeper dive into the ideas shared on the Thrive Global blog.
Every week, host Arianna Huffington sits down with well-known leaders, celebrities, and athletes to discuss how they prioritized their wellbeing to live healthier and happier lives. Keep a pen and notebook nearby; you’ll want to take notes during these episodes.
7. The Ultimate Health Podcast
The Ultimate Health Podcast isn’t just a self-help podcast, it’s also a resource for health-related topics. Once a week hosts Jesse Chappus and Marni Wasserman discuss an array of issues, from nutrition and fitness to meditation and spirituality.
Episodes are a mix of interviews with industry experts, authors, and people sharing their experiences. There are also Focus Friday episodes where Jesse and Marni explore topics that help listeners lead healthier and productive lifestyles. Every episode is fun to listen to and full of easy to use tips and advice.
8. Over It And On With It
If you’ve ever set a goal and felt a rush of excitement, only to fall short soon afterward? We can all relate, right? Over It And On With It is for you. Host Christine Hassler shares tools and advice to help listeners push through obstacles to achieve their goals. Over It And On With It is unique from the other self-help podcasts on this list because Christine coaches people through the setbacks they’re currently facing. While your situation might differ from each guest, you’re bound to find tidbits of advice that you can incorporate into your case.
Christine and her guests discuss a range of topics on this podcast. You’ll hear guests talk about their relationships, career, health, finances, and much more!
9. The Productive Woman
The Productive Woman podcast is perfect for anyone who’s juggling a lot and needs help prioritizing it all. Whether you’re working from home, lacking motivation, or having a hard time making decisions, there’s an episode for you. Host Laura McClellan looks at productivity from various angles, so you’re likely to find a solution that works for you. For example, listen to episodes about productivity tools, dealing with trauma and productivity, or the relationship between self-care and productivity.
10. Sis, You’re Doing OK
Sis You’re Doing OK is a new self-help podcast, but it’s packed with so much goodness, you’ll fall in love with it. Host Desirée Matthews talks about topics that encourage and educate listeners. The podcast also offers a sense of community by discussing the experiences of people who’ve been where you are.
The show emphasizes that regardless of what you’re going through, you’ll get through it – you’ll be OK. Listen to episodes that talk about relationships, forgiveness, and life.
Bonus: Phoebe Reads a Mystery
OK, you got me. Phoebe Reads a Mystery isn’t a self-help podcast. However, one of the best ways to improve your life is to read more. Reading can include self-help books, but you can also have fun by branching out into fiction. The more you read, the more you learn – whatever you read.
Phoebe Reads a Mystery is one of my new favourite podcasts because it’s an easy listen. Every day, host Phoebe Judge reads one chapter from a famous mystery novel. She’s read four books so far and just started a fifth. The listening experience is relaxing, and I’ve found that listening to mysteries and trying to solve them has boosted my creativity. When I have to deal with an issue, I’m more likely to think outside the box to solve it.
Find your favourite self-help podcasts today
There you have it, 10 (plus a bonus) self-help podcasts to listen to when you need some encouragement. Each one uses the hosts’ experiences and their guests to give listeners actionable steps to live happier, healthier, and more successful lives.
What’s also great about each of these self-help podcasts is the many different perspectives they share. Whether you want to adopt new habits to unlock new levels of success or to find new ways to tame your inner monologue, one of these podcasts will meet your needs.
If you’re tuned continuously into podcasts like me, I’d love to hear about which ones you’ve discovered and why you enjoy listening. Let me know in the comments.