How many of us have vowed to be our best self with each passing new year? Although this is an admirable goal, let’s face it: it’s vague. This year, avoid falling into the same trap by taking some more concrete steps to realizing your dreams. Podcasts are a fantastic way to work positive messages into your day-to-day routine and feed your brain with inspirational stories. Oh, and did we mention they are completely free? Read on to discover ten of Savoir Flair’s suggestions for the podcasts that will change your life this year, from shows on healthy eating to stories that challenge the way you see the world.
1. Ted Radio Hour by NPR
Based on the riveting speeches given by experts from around the world, the Ted Radio Hour breaks down perplexing questions about the human condition, such as whether or not being beautiful can make you happy. This podcast is best if you want to think deeply as well as learn something new.
Latin for “all invisible things”, this podcast uncovers the ideas and emotions that lead to behavior. Each episode interweaves personal stories with scientific research for a fascinating look at why we are the way we are.
3. Stuff to Blow Your Mind
Want to know why we cry? What makes a murderer? Where you can find pink snow? This podcast features just what the title promises – interesting stuff from all walks of life guaranteed to blow your mind.
4. Mindset Zone
The Mindset Zone allows you to have a personal life coach in your ear. Explore issues such as whether or not people really change through this broadcast, which encourages listeners to “intentionally cultivate growth mindsets”.
5. Modern Love
The weekly New York Times column ‘Modern Love’ publishes touching stories of human connection. This recently released podcast features a complete archive of the series’ columns since October 2004 for you to enjoy.
6. The School of Greatness With Lewis Howes
Former pro athlete Lewis Howes shares inspiring stories from the most influential people in the world, all with the goal of answering the question: What exactly makes great people great?
7. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips
Ever had a pressing grammar question you were too embarrassed to ask? Let 2016 be the year of your best writing with online sensation Grammar Girl’s helpful and thought-provoking tips for better grammar.
8. Start Cooking by Kathy Maister
Start Cooking appeals to the “busy person who never got around to learning the basics of cooking”. Does that sound like you? Tune in for all you need to know when it comes to basic cooking skills, from how to make chocolate chip pancakes to how to roast a chicken.
9. Realize Yourself Podcast
Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s motto is “Outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.” If you adhere to this same philosophical school, you’ll love Snyder’s discussions with top health and fitness experts on how to achieve beauty from the inside out.
10. A Quiet Mind
Looking for a little peace and quiet in the new year? A Quiet Mind provides lessons on how to relax and channel your inner sense of zen.