5 Uplifting Podcasts to Boost Your Mood

July 15, 2020

Stephanie Machado

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Podcasts have skyrocketed in popularity the past couple of years. For every hobby, profession and passion you can think of, there’s a podcast that talks about it.

Recently, though, I’ve found what I need most is positivity. Anxiety and uncertainty have become such a big part of day-to-day life that sometimes it’s hard to break out of that dark cloud. Fortunately for podcast-lovers, the positivity you need can indeed be found in podcast form.

So next time when you’re having one of those days where you’re struggling to smile, consider checking out these podcasts. They offer positivity in abundance for both podcast-newbies and podcast-veterans alike.

1. The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

This podcast focuses on the psychology of being happy. It is hosted by Dr. Laurie Santos, a Yale professor who teaches the most popular course there: The Science of Well-Being. On her podcast, she shares inspiring stories and unique ways to build more happiness into your life. It may be just what you need to improve your mindset!

2. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Popular author of the bestselling “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin has made happiness her craft. Learn about positive habits you can implement today. Each episode is filled with ideas on how to increase your productivity, energy and overall mood. She has these great segments called Little Happier, where she shares happiness tips in five minutes or less.

3. Truth for Teachers

Angela Watson’s popular podcast shares weekly episodes meant to inspire educators. She discusses hot topics in education and how to navigate the tricky ones. She also shares stories that nearly all educators can relate to – how to motivate learners, how to stop bringing work home and real talk on communicating with difficult colleagues.

4. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Oprah spreads positivity and light in her weekly podcast. She connects with celebrities, authors and other inspirational people like Alicia Keyes, J-Lo, Amy Schumer and more.  These episodes are filled with life lessons and gives you insight into the lives of some of your favorite names. The intention is to guide you through life’s biggest questions and help you to become your best self.

5. Goal Digger

Brought to you by positivity expert Jenna Kutcher, Goal Digger puts a positive spin on reaching your goals. She discusses appreciating life where you are at and how to elevate it. Whether you are looking for inspiration to start a new venture, ways to love yourself or simply want to connect with someone’s vulnerability. Jenna talks body positivity, real life business lessons and how to lead a happy life with the things you currently have.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of American College of Education.
Stephanie Machado
Stephanie Machado, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Stephanie is an instructional coach living in Florida. She's also an avid reader, wannabe chef, and lifestyle blogger.

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