There’s nothing like listening to some top podcasts to make you laugh or just make your day more manageable. These days, it’s weird to think that podcasts weren’t much of a thing five or so years ago when I started listening. They’ve been around for the same amount of time I’ve been blogging! 12 whole years. It’s taken 12 years of others perfecting the game and others have now caught on.
Whether you’re looking for something lighthearted and amusing, or deep and philosophical, there is a podcast for everyone out there.
5 Top Podcasts To Immediately Brighten Your Day
Podcasts have the power to brighten your day and lift you up — with the potential to help you with self-development and growth. Whether you’re working from home, commuting, or just bored, they’re a great option that can simultaneously entertain and educate — and can be an important part of self-care.
In this post, we’re going to cover five top podcasts that will empower! So if you need a pick-me-up, are feeling a bit down or demotivated, we’ve got you covered.
1st Of The Top Podcasts, The Guilty Feminist
If you want a female-led podcast that is both empowering and enlightening, then we’d definitely recommend The Guilty Feminist. It’s an award-winning podcast and live show hosted by comedian and feminist Deborah Frances-White.
Each weekly episode features special guests (from comedians to MPs) and tackles feminism and the modern female experience head-on. Hitting a huge range of topics and issues that are super important and relevant for women today.
The podcast works well because it is so honest and fearless. As well as being very funny and light-hearted when tackling what can be quite challenging issues. By centering itself around the concept of a safe, supportive female-led space for discussion, it proves to be inclusive and engaging.
The Guilty Feminist is truly an intelligent and uplifting podcast that can connect you with women around the world and different interpretations of the female experience.
Stellar Life by Orion’s Method
Next up is Stellar Life — a podcast hosted by life coach and relationship expert, Orion Talmay of Orion’s Method.
If you want to feel empowered by a podcast, then this is definitely one for you. The concept of this self-development podcast is all about taking your life to the next level — going from just ‘okay’ to ‘stellar’.
Each week, Orion focuses on a new topic with a new guest, each an expert in their own area. Plus Orion brings her own blend of practical and spiritual advice and guidance to the mix. Thus creating an enlightening podcast that can help listeners find their own voice, power, and ability to change.
The topics are fascinating and diverse. Topics ranging from sexuality to biohacking. More than enough to keep you listening!
How to Fail with Elizabeth Day
We love the How to Fail podcast with Elizabeth Day; if you feel like things just keep going wrong and you’re failing at life, then this is for you.
Each week, Elizabeth interviews a new guest, and together they discuss their biggest failures. How they coped with them, and what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.
In a world that is obsessed with the picture-perfect images, we see on social media (we know these aren’t accurate portrayals of real life, but we still covet them), How to Fail is a breath of fresh air. Its approach to failure — celebrating things that go wrong, how we grow as a result, and what we learn from them — is affirming and empowering.
It’s an extremely positive approach to life’s difficulties and how we tackle the concept of failure. They have a fascinating collection of guests varies from singer Lily Allen to ex-Labour politician Alastair Campbell.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, hosts Happier — a podcast all about (you’ve guessed it) happiness and human nature. Joining Gretchen as co-host and ‘happiness guinea pig’ is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft: together, they discuss happiness and healthy habits.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin is both intriguing and lively. It’s taking a closer look at the things that make us happier and giving practical, manageable advice about how to achieve this.
Each episode looks at different ideas and draws from science, pop culture and personal experience to provide listeners with some inspiration. Their goal is to teach you how to live your life in as happy and productive a way as possible, much like me on this blog.
This podcast is empowering and encouraging — well worth a listen if you want an extra boost of motivation or just an interesting listen.
Last Of The Top Podcasts; Call Your Girlfriend
Call Your Girlfriend is a female-led podcast ‘for long-distance besties everywhere’. It’s co-hosted by American BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow. This uplifting and thought-provoking podcast plays like a phone call between two clever and funny best friends.
It’s a combination of candid heart-to-heart between close female friends and political discussion that you will get hooked on. Call Your Girlfriend is warm and funny, but it also covers some pretty hard-hitting topics too. Topics include abortion, gender politics and structural inequality.
Of course, they also cover subjects like waxing, Justin Bieber and Great British Bake-off. It’s definitely a combination of high-brow and low-brow for the modern woman. Add to your list and you won’t regret it.
These are just five top podcasts that are empowering (and might even inspire you to make some life changes), but there is a whole world out there of incredible podcasts that can do anything from motivating you to putting a smile on your face or both. So what are you waiting for? Get listening and get learning!
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