The 10 Best Podcasts to Help you Change your Life.

The Elephant Ecosystem

Every time you read, share, comment or heart you help an article improve its Rating—which helps Readers see important issues & writers win $$$ from Elephant. Learn more.

Views 10
Shares 5.5
Hearts 1.0
Comments 1.3
Editor's Pick 0.0
Total Ecosystem Rating 0.0
23 Do you love this article? Show the author your support by hearting.


In the past year, I’ve discovered the magic of podcasts.

I know, I’m a little late to the podcast party, I guess, but better late than never! It’s amazing how listening to these shows has truly improved my life. Commutes are less stressful, exercise isn’t as boring, and I don’t spend my evening downtime watching lame TV shows. Instead, I’m using my extra time to learn something, be it a life lesson, a new way to meditate, an awesome vegan recipe or how to solve a really pressing problem.

Here are my ten absolute favorite podcasts, described in their own words. Click on the titles for links so you can easily add these great shows to your playlists.

This Podcast Will Change Your Life-–-Hosted by Ben Tanzer: Ben Tanzer describes himself as a “Strategist. Storyteller. Lecturer. And lover of all things taco and doughnut.” His podcast covers a variety of fascinating topics. Check out his recent interview with Jennifer Pastiloff, founder of The Manifestation.

The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss: “Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.”

WTF with Marc Maron: “Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day – WTF? He’ll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head.” This guy is so good that he even managed to get the President to sit down for an interview in his garage.

Tara Brach by Tara Brach: “Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003), and the senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington D.C., shares a weekly talk on Buddhist teachings and practices. At the start of each evening, she guides her listeners through a 30-minute mindfulness guided meditation (also known as Vipassana) and then speaks for about 50 minutes. This podcast will include many of her recent talks and a few past evenings that cover key themes in Buddhist teachings.” I love Tara Brach’s wise words delivered in her soothing voice.

The David Madow Lifestyle Show: “Want to look and feel younger than ever? The David Madow Lifestyle Show offers easy, fun and practical advice about exercise, eating, happiness, stress, lifestyle and more.”

Dear Sugar Radio: “The universe has good news for the lost, lonely, and heartsick. Dear Sugar—the cult-favorite advice column—is back, but this time speaking directly into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions—no matter how deep or dark—and offers radical empathy in return.” I never miss an episode of Dear Sugar. One of my favorite parts is when they call up other writers to discuss a solution to the listener’s problem.

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert: “Magic Lessons are road maps for the path to creativity, the extra nudge you need when you’re feeling stuck. In alternating episodes, Elizabeth Gilbert talks to people who are facing creative challenges and to guest experts, to offer perspective, advice, and inspiration. Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love.”

The Daily Boost: “Need Motivation? The best daily motivation is The Daily Boost! Find out what makes you happy! Reduce your stress! Get inspired! Master life skills like lifestyle design, balance, communication, career advancement and enjoy more success. The Daily Boost is the world’s most popular daily motivation program. Scott Smith delivers a unique, straight talking, real, very funny, and extreamly effective strategies that will give you amazing results!”

ZenHabits Radio: “Bringing the words of the Zenhabits Blog to your listening ears.”

The Moth: “Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country.” These stories don’t just entertain; they teach and heal, too.


These ten shows are each a unique gift to the world, bringing sage advice and exciting new ideas to their audiences. They  have truly helped me change my life. I hope that at least a few of these will strike your interest and that you’ll get as much out of them as I do.


Author: Victoria Fedden

Editor: Caroline Beaton 

Image: Pixabay

The Elephant Ecosystem

Every time you read, share, comment or heart you help an article improve its Rating—which helps Readers see important issues & writers win $$$ from Elephant. Learn more.

Views 10
Shares 5.5
Hearts 1.0
Comments 1.3
Editor's Pick 0.0
Total Ecosystem Rating 0.0
23 Do you love this article? Show the author your support by hearting.

Read The Best Articles of January
You voted with your hearts, comments, views, and shares.


Victoria Fedden received her MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. Her blog was voted 2011’s Best Humor Blog by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and her personal essays have been anthologized in I Still Just Want to Pee Alone, Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and My Other Ex. She also regularly contributes to elephant journal, Scary Mommy, Babble, and Your Tango, among many other blogs and websites. Her memoir THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE will be published by Picador USA in June 2016. She lives with her family in Fort Lauderdale and online at her website. Please visit her Facebook page for updates and inspiration.

You must be logged in to post a comment. Create an account.

anonymous Mar 28, 2016 6:22pm

The Unmistakable Creative is my go-to podcast. Highly recommended it if you haven’t check it out yet.

anonymous Feb 16, 2016 10:29am

Dave Ramsey should be on this list! His show is inspiring and will want you to strive for more.

anonymous Jan 12, 2016 11:10pm

You’ve also got to check out “The One You Feed” podcast. It is incredible!

anonymous Jan 12, 2016 7:12pm

Some other great ones are The Duncan Trussell Family Hour and The Joe Rogan Experience.

anonymous Sep 12, 2015 2:59pm

Thanks so much for including The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I am so humbled. Dave

anonymous Sep 12, 2015 2:59pm

Thanks so much for including The David Madow Lifestyle Show in this list. I am so humbled. Dave

anonymous Sep 11, 2015 10:31am

Love these. Hotmilkpodcast is also great podcast 🙂

anonymous Sep 11, 2015 6:19am

What about the mindpodnetwork, with ram dass & friends?! This is the motherload for eastern philosophy podcasts! Also Joe rogan experience, Duncan Trussel family hour, & Dan Carlin's hardcore history are all gems!

    anonymous Sep 12, 2015 11:39am

    There are so many! I couldn't fit them all, but I may have to make a sequel to this list.

anonymous Sep 10, 2015 10:39pm

What an honor!!!! Thank you. I shared this. xx

anonymous Sep 10, 2015 5:12pm is a great one too. 🙂

    anonymous Sep 10, 2015 7:05pm

    I'm excited to check it out! Thanks for the rec.

anonymous Sep 10, 2015 9:08am

Thanks for sharing! I’m stoked for my commute now! <3

anonymous Sep 9, 2015 7:43pm

Thank you for an intriguing list! Podcasts have transformed how I spend my time as well. What a wonderful innovation. Just one more to add to your list – RadioLab

    anonymous Sep 10, 2015 8:47am

    Yes! I love Radio Lab and Serial too. I might include them in a later list, but I wanted to try to keep this list to self-improvement themes and try to keep it to just 10, which was so hard! There are so many good ones out there.

Ellen Berg Cohen Jun 3, 2017 12:24am

The You Are Not So Smart podcast. Myoclonic Jerk. Skeptic's Guide to the Universe.

Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire May 15, 2017 12:18pm

Liz+Lina is a podcast run by me + my wife. We're a bi-national, same-sex couple talking about bi-national, same-sex issues, but even more so, we talk about all the things in everyday life that inspire us. Feel free to give us a listen!

Sarai C. Brenis Nov 2, 2016 1:35am

Happier with Gretchen Rubin is amazing love it and highly recommend it.

Raye MacLennan Oct 1, 2016 8:14pm

The Joe Rogan Experience is not on here... should be.

Zach Rubin Sep 23, 2016 1:04am

If you are interested, check out "This Pursuit of Happiness" podcast on Stitcher and iTunes. Some really great information that could just change your life!

Jodie Reed Regan Apr 14, 2016 12:35am

Number one in my life is "The One You Feed"... Very thoughtful, personal, calming and life changing.