Lots of us will be spending more time at home and searching for positive ways to fill our time and stay productive. So whether you’re looking for an inspiring listen or some light relief, we’ve rounded up a selection of feel good podcasts to help lift the mood in these uncertain times. Have them on in the background while you work from home, or put your headphones in and take some time for yourself.
Happier With Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project, and she’s bringing practical, manageable advice to thousands of listeners through this entertaining and thought-provoking podcast. With over 200 episodes to choose from, including one specifically dedicated to coping with COVID-19, if you’re looking for something actively uplifting, this is a great choice.
Off Menu With Ed Gamble and James Acaster
One to make you laugh out loud. Friends and comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite celebrity guests into their magical restaurant to each choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink. You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this podcast, as it’s often less about the food and more about the great dynamic between the hosts and their guests. Dara O’ Briain’s episode is a personal favourite, but there’s 50 to choose from and more to come.
Happy Place With Fearne Cotton
In this podcast, Fearne talks to inspiring people about life, love, loss and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them. With 6 great series and episodes featuring celebs like Mary Berry, Davina McCall and Russell Brand, there’s a great selection of feel good listens to choose from.
Desert Island Discs
A timeless feel good fave, it’s easy to forget this staple show is available on the podcasts app. Lauren Laverne hosts the latest episodes as she welcomes some of the biggest names in the country to choose eight tracks, one book and a luxury item to take with them to a desert island. It’s a great way to find new music as well as get an insight into the life stories of some your favourite celebs.
Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness
Weekly episodes where host Jonathan Van Ness talks to experts in their respective fields about a wide range of curiosities. The host and Queer Eye star’s happiness and positive energy is infectious and it’s hard to listen without a smile on your face. There are more topical, factual episodes if you’re looking for reliable expert information on a particular subject, or go for something more light-hearted – like how are the turtles doing these days? (ep 137, FYI).
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