Like me, are you counting down the days and hours until lockdown is lifted and we can emerge from our enforced chrysalis like a beautiful butterfly into the brilliant sunshine of spring? Or are you quite happy at home in your safe and comfy space, thank you very much?!
Well, whatever your lockdown mindset, I've got the perfect tonic to get you through the next few months.
Whether it's to accompany your daily walk, get you in the right frame of mind first thing, or give your lunch break a boost, my list of 10 Positive Podcasts for a Perfect Morning are guaranteed to inject a little sunshine into your life!
1. The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
A psychology professor at Yale, Dr Laurie teaches the science of wellbeing and happiness. Her hugely popular podcast shares the latest scientific research and evidence based practices and stories to help you boost your mood and switch up your mindset.
2. How to Fail with Elizabeth Day
Life doesn't always go smoothly, but how we think about and frame life's negative events actually has more impact on our wellbeing than the events themselves. Elizabeth Day talks to her guests about their 3 biggest failures in life and celebrates what hasn't gone right and what they have learnt along the way.
3. Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
A well-known advocate for mental health awareness, Fearne Cotton's incredibly popular podcast has now reached over 40 million downloads! Happy Place features an honest account of her own experience of happiness, including the not so happy times, along with advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day. Coupled with interviews with an array of inspiring guests and celebrities who have either made a change in their own lives or who help people every day to find a different way of looking at life.
4. The Expanded Podcast with Lacy Phillips
A global manifestation expert and speaker, Lacy Phillips combines basic psychology, neuroscience and her own take on spirituality, to help you live a more aligned and confident life. Her philosophy is grounded in the principle that 'self-worth is the law of attraction'. Her podcast reached over 3 million people in its first year and includes interviews with inspiring people like poet, artist and musician Morgan Harper Nichols and Carly Stein - CEO and founder of Beekeeper’s Naturals, as well as other industry experts.
5. Feel Better, Live More with Dr. Chatterjee
Author of 'The 4 Pillar Plan' (one of my most used books) and the star of BBC1's 'Doctor In The House', Dr. Chatterjee is probably one of the most well-known GP's in the UK. His podcast is now rated as the number 1 health podcast in the UK and Europe and over half a million people watch and listen each week. His interviews draw on his extensive experience and include inspiring stories from leading health & psychology experts in addition to celebs. The episodes, which are tailored to your preferred listening style, include a long form episode released every Wednesday and, new for 2021, a shorter bite-sized episode every Friday. You can expect easy life-hacks and expert advice to inspire and empower you to become the architect of your own health. Because as the good Dr. says, "When you feel better, you live more."
6. No More Excuses: Monday Motivation!
Sandi Ballard, the self-proclaimed 'bada$$ business coach,' believes Monday's should fill us with joy instead of dread. Her weekly podcasts are designed to increase your accountability and help you, "Stop with the excuses and live life to the fullest!" So, if you want a super-inspiring podcast that will empower you to do something your future self will thank you for, this is the one for you.
7. Art of Charm
Relationships are one of the five keys to happiness according to 'the father of positive psychology' Martin Seligman. My own research, conducted to obtain my MSc, indicated that this is true even for children as young as five years old.
We are not islands, so I love the fact that this podcast provides a more interpersonal focus than most, focusing on social skills instead of just the self. The hosts, AJ Harbinger & Johnny Dzubak discuss the importance of relationships and human dynamics as part of their strategy to help you rethink your relationships and become better communicators and more successful in your endeavours.
8. The Rachel Hollis Podcast
Now, I am a HUGE fan of Rachel Hollis. I own both the audio and paperback copy of her book, 'Girl Stop Apologising!' and it is highlighted and scribbled all the way through! As well as having a hugely inspiring social media presence, the New York Times best-selling author also presents a podcast for anyone looking for more joy and purpose in their lives. Featuring frank interviews with top performers in business, media, and lifestyle, in addition to well-researched topics like health and motivation, the Rachel Hollis Podcast has everything you need to level up your life! New episodes premiere every Tuesday.
9. The Good Life Project by Jonathan and Stephanie Fields
For a podcast about how to live a full and meaningful life you can do no better than The Good Life Project. Sharing fascinating stories through raw, honest discussions, this couple have conducted candid discussions with a range of inspirational positive figureheads such as Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin, as well as regular guests.
10. The Kindness Project with Chris and Charlotte Daems
Delivering a weekly dose of positivity every Wednesday, this father and daughter team explore how being kind to other people can help you live a happier life. Their stories of kindness, some of which are supplied by listeners of the show, are hugely heart-warming and inspirational. You can't fail to have a better day after listening to one of their shows.
A Final Thought...
Try listening to an episode of each of the podcasts listed above and when you find one that resonates with you, don't hesitate to sign up! Life is tough and it takes practice to face everyday with a happy heart. All these podcasts can help make your life a little bit more cheerful, and who doesn't want that?
Another way you can keep up the positivity, is by signing up to our FREE Facebook Group 'Headstart to Happiness'! A positive and supportive tribe led by Kim & Tamara; two positive psychology coaches and laughter addicts, who are on a mission to spread the science of positivity. Our goal is to enable everyone to live a life filled with joy, meaning and happiness. Join us here.