Change isn’t always easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. Ease into new habits with some assistance. Here are six podcasts that will help you reboot in 2022:
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Several studies show a regular meditation practice can improve blood pressure, circadian rhythms, and general mental health. “Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris” features lifelong meditators and experts who have conversations about philosophical and practical underpinnings of a meditation practice. Harris has interviewed renowned meditators like the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg.
Life is rarely linear and sometimes navigating the ups and downs feels like a gargantuan task. Scientist and host Maya Shankar interviews men and women who have had to pivot their lives due to unforeseen circumstances in “A Slight Change of Plans.” The podcast highlights conversations with Tiffany Haddish, Kacey Musgraves, and science experts like Adam Grant and Angela Duckworth. There are lessons on perseverance, grit, and how to keep going even when it’s hard. If your 2022 is off to a tentative start, you might find some helpful advice from “A Slight Change of Plans.”
Examining difficult questions isn’t easy, but the responses to some of those inquiries can lead to a better life experience in 2022. In the podcast “On Being,” Krista Tippett poses questions like, what does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? Who do we want to be with each other? The conversations always carry a depth and will have you exploring the philosophical context of your life.
“The Good Life Project” with Jonathan Fields wants people to know that making a positive change is not only reachable, but sustainable. The conversations focus on sharing practical tools to make a change, creating a different mindset, and helping you become a better person to your family and community. Fields’ tone is welcoming and conversational, and listeners will feel like they’re getting advice from a good friend.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is the author of several happiness-related books and dives deep into habits, covering topics that can be practically applied with different hacks. Her podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” offers actionable advice on subjects like to-do lists, what it means to be a grown-up, and how to resist overbuying.
Researcher Brené Brown has studied vulnerability for most of her career. In her podcast, “Unlocking Us,” Brown encourages people to live without shame and tackles topics like perfectionism, boundary setting, and trust. She features both the ordinary and famous in her podcasts, and the conversations are often filled with Brown’s warm ability to pull her guests in to confide their beliefs and fears.