Five podcasts that help us bring out the best in ourselves

Smiling librarian
March 11, 2019
by Olivia Thoelke

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and has the power to inspire us and expand our worldview. Through podcasts, we’re able to easily share stories from those across the globe. With spring approaching, you may be planning for a road trip vacation or looking forward to warm weather and taking walks outside. Whether you’ll have extra time for listening, or just want to make your morning commute more mindful, these five binge-worthy podcasts are perfect for guiding you through life’s biggest questions.

1. "Hidden Brain"

"Hidden Brain" is a foolproof combination of storytelling and scientific fact—an excellent fit for an inquisitive person wanting to learn more about the world around them. 
From answering questions like, “why is laughter the best medicine?” or “how can we learn from the chaos in our lives?” this podcast will you develop an insightful view of the world.

Listen to: The Best Medicine: Decoding the Hidden Meanings of Laughter

2. "Ted Radio Hour"

Based on the acclaimed speakers from the Ted Talks series, "Ted Radio Hour" takes us on an adventure to explore new ideas. You’ll be left with new ways to combat problems and new insights on the world around us.

Listen to: Just a Little Nicer

3. "Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations"

Oprah Winfrey’s podcast featuring a hand-selection of her favorite intimate interviews. Featuring a wide array of wellness experts, authors, spiritual leaders and many others, this podcast is meant to guide you into being your best self.

Listen to: Larry Dossey: The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

4. "Happier with Gretchen Rubin"

Chock-full of life hacks for becoming a happier person, "Happier" centers on helping people understand themselves and their own behavior so they can make mindful changes to improve their lives. Tips draw from both modern science and old-fashioned wisdom, helping us solve some of life’s biggest mysteries with humor and simplicity. 

Listen to: Try Doing Something Every Day

5. "Strangers"

The idea of opening up to a complete stranger can be terrifying. But "Strangers," a podcast that distinguishes itself as an “empathy shot in the arm,” does exactly that. Real stories of love, heartbreak, and kindness are recounted, allowing us to form a connection with a person we’ve never met. This podcast is perfect for days when you want to feel reconnected with others.

Listen to: Adrian's Race