Remember that episode of Sex and the City where Carrie Bradshaw divulged that she loves reading Vogue while standing in her kitchen and eating Saltines smeared with grape jelly? She dubbed it her SSB (“secret single behavior”). That ep has managed to stick with me whether I’m single or not.
Nowadays, SSB has a new name — self-care. It’s a way to take a quiet moment, recharge and get some inspiration. So, what’s my SSB? Working on a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle while listening to inspirational podcasts. Just give me a quiet Friday night, my coziest pajamas, a puzzle of a bucolic New England scene, some earbuds playing an Oprah interview with Deepak Chopra and I am in heaven.
For me, listening to podcasts is the perfect way to unwind and then get motivated to tackle my perpetual to-do list. Plus, no matter how burnt out I may feel, I’m always able to find a new podcast to keep me inspired. There are more than 525,000 active podcasts and more than 18.5 million available episodes (and counting), according to Fast Company. How do you find the perfect podcast to lift you up faster than you can say “Oprah is my spirit animal”? Check out these nine podcasts to keep you going every single day.
If we’re going to talk about inspiration, we need to start with its reigning queen: Oprah Winfrey. Her podcast, SuperSoul Conversations, features great thinkers and leaders of our time, ranging from former first lady Michelle Obama to the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh; as if Winfrey alone isn’t motivational enough.
This podcast’s tagline says it all: “Why saying the unsaid is one of the hardest and most important things we will ever do.” Cohosted by Ruthie Lindsey, a speaker and author, and Miles Adcox, a self-described “expert on emotional fitness,” this podcast isn’t afraid to dive into vulnerability with guests such as actor Sophia Bush and writer Jedidiah Jenkins.
You know how some people claim all you need is a tiny house and, like, two shirts to be happy? These guys are those people. Hosts Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss everything from relationships to addiction while focusing on living simpler, more meaningful lives.
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
This podcast accompanied the launch of Gilbert’s book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and if you haven’t read that book, run to your nearest bookstore and get a copy immediately. Despite the fact that Magic Lessons is a miniseries, all 21 episodes are rife with lessons on living a more creative and purposeful life, with titles including “Pursue Your Passions Like a Mofo” and “You Have a Screaming, Not a Calling.”
Good Life Project
Good Life Project claims it can help you live a “purpose-drenched life,” and I am totally buying it. This podcast boasts a list of heavy-hitters as guests, including New York Times best-selling authors Brené Brown and Tim Ferriss.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin started her lifelong pursuit of contentment with her memoir The Happiness Project. The author delivers additional tips to living a fulfilling life on this podcast along with her sister, Elizabeth Craft, who lovingly dubs Rubin her “happiness bully.”
The Marie Forleo Podcast
For advice on your career, love and everything in between, Marie Forleo is your gal. She was named by Oprah Winfrey as the next thought leader of our generation, after all. This podcast says it can help you build a business and a life you’ll love. More of both, please.
The Mindbodygreen Podcast
If you think that smoothie bowls are as nourishing as meditation, this podcast will speak to your wellness-loving soul. Featuring conversations with nutritionists, entrepreneurs, doctors and health pioneers, this podcast will motivate you to take care of your mind, body and soul.
Did your worst moment in life happen in public? You’re not alone — ABC news anchor Dan Harris experienced an on-aid panic attack, which led him down a path of self-betterment. On this podcast, Harris explores methods of training the mind with meditation pioneers, neuroscientists, psychologists and mental health experts.
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