Morning commutes are, without a doubt, the best time to listen to podcasts. It’s the perfect way to get your head in a good place and passes the time while you’re stuck in traffic (or squeezed into an incredibly uncomfortable subway car). For days when you feel like you need an extra heaping of wellness, we’ve culled 4 podcasts on wellness you should be listening to right now to get ready to take on literally anything.
This groundbreaking show has won a Peabody Award for its excellence. Most of the episodes center on conversations about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Hosted by Krista Tippett (who is considered a guru in all things spiritual) this hour-long program has been running on public radio for about 15 years now. According to Tippet, it examines the, “animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live.” Guests include the 14th Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Rosanne Cash, Paulo Coehlo, and more. It’s pretty damn epic.
In this podcast, Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos “takes listeners through the latest scientific research and shares inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness.” Dr. Santos is a psychology professor who previously taught Yale’s most popular class (in the university’s 300-year history) called “Psychology and the Good Life,” which focused on teaching students how to live happier, more fulfilling lives. According to an article by Yale Daily News, “The main theme of the podcast is that our minds lie to us about what makes us happy. We have these strong intuitions that certain things will bring us joy (more money, better grades, even more options and choices) but by and large these intuitions are just wrong. Each podcast episode picks one ‘lie of the mind’ and explains where we go wrong and how we can do better.”
Dan Harris is a self-proclaimed “fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation.” He wrote the bestselling book, “10% Happier,” and created an app called “10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics,” before launching this popular podcast. What we love about this show is the search for enlightenment through the lens of someone with a well-heeled (albeit anxiety-inducing) career, which is exemplified through his constant questioning of, “Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?” Which is something we empire-building women can most certainly relate to.
This is pretty much a weekly therapy lesson, free of charge. (Who wouldn’t want that?) In each episode, you’ll be lead down the healing rabbit hole with Elizabeth Kendig, a self-help-obsessed writer and the founder of BeautyBets.com. What you can expect is a weekly spiritual journey with the teachers and gurus who are transforming lives in unconventional ways. Special guests include shaman priests and modern-day healers that cover topics ranging from “How to Crisis-Proof Your Midlife” to “Healing Heartache and Finding a Soulmate.”