Tribeca Top Ten: podcasts to make you happy

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The one thing we could all do with this year is a bit more happiness in our lives. So for our next Tribeca Top Ten, we’ve looked at podcasts that do just that – from looking at the science and drivers of happiness, to storytelling that captivates and inspires, to ones that simply make us laugh out loud.

When Dan Harris famously had a panic attack live on “Good Morning America” as ABC News anchor, he didn’t realise this would change his life for all the right reasons. What followed was his best-selling book, 10% happier, and a hugely popular podcast where the now meditation enthusiast continues his search for peace of mind and happiness as he interviews guests on their search for greater enlightenment – from the Dalai Lama to RuPaul.

Harvard professor, PhD social scientist, bestselling author, and columnist Arthur Brooks believes happiness isn’t up to chance. His podcast digs deep into areas of science, philosophy, theology, art, and literature; uncovering practical and proven strategies for living a life with more joy, satisfaction, purpose – and happiness.

Australia’s Cass Dunn is a clinical and coaching psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher, who in her spare time created Crappy to Happy which consistently ranks in the Top 5 health and wellbeing podcasts on Apple. With a purpose to help people make positive, meaningful and lasting changes in their lives, her podcast focuses on inspiring conversations with guests from all walks of life, from Mark Manson (author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck), through to burns survivor Turia Pitt, and singer/songwriter/author Clare Bowditch.

Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestselling The Happiness Project is a well-known happiness guru, and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, is a TV writer/producer who is also a noted skeptic. In her podcast, Gretchen uses Elizabeth as her guinea pig to put her practical advice about happiness and good habits to the test, while giving listeners tips about everything from scheduling time to worry to impulsiveness.

Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale – the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history – Laurie takes you through the latest scientific research and shares some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness.

A boxer, personal trainer and performance coach, Tiff is passionate about helping people improve their health and happiness. Aptly titled Roll with the Punches, every episode draws on the inspiring and sometimes moving experiences of her guests to provide differing perspectives on optimising potential and performance – no matter what life can throw at you. And check out Episode 42, featuring Tribeca’s very own Stevie-Jade Turner.

For over twenty years The Moth has been providing an avenue for people to tell their stories live, without notes. What started in the States with a few people on a back porch in small-town Georgia (moths were attracted to the light hence the name), is now a global movement, with The Moth having presented over 40,000 stories and impacted millions in building empathy and happiness. The podcast draws on episodes from The Moth Radio Hour as well as their vast archive of recordings.

A podcast favourite, Josh and Chuck have been putting smiles on peoples faces for many years, providing an hilarious and interesting lowdown on all matter of subjects; from historical events, chaos theory and El Nino, through to how fizzy drinks are made. There’s something here for everyone, with episodes ranging from 15 to 50-minutes.

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer is joined by friends Bridget Everett, Rachel Feinstein, and Keith Robinson to talk about their lives, pop culture, politics, and stand-up comedy. No subject is off the table (in other words not very PC at times), but if you want a podcast that definitely doesn’t take the world too seriously, then this is well worth a try.

Meet Josh and Ryan. They thought they were living the American Dream – six figure salaries, luxury cars, over-sized houses – until they realised they weren’t happy. So they left it all behind, and started exploring a more minimalist life. Ten years on, their experiences and insights have now helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less. On their podcast both are joined by regular guests to discuss the positive impacts of a minimalist approach – from coping with a pandemic, to reducing waste and clutter, to simply slowing down and appreciating what’s most important.

Stay tuned for our next Tribeca Top Ten, and please share with us any of your favourite recommendations by commenting below or emailing us at marketing@tribecafinancial.com.au.

And if you missed our previous Top Ten lists there’s plenty to choose from, spanning personal and professional development, unputdownable books, must-listen podcasts, binge-worthy TV shows, and trending YouTube channels.

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