Over the summer I really got into listening to audios and I can’t believe it took me so long! For all those times you may be travelling to work, stuck in traffic, walking, cleaning your house, relaxing in the bath or even getting ready to go out – all that otherwise “empty” time can be enriched with words of wisdom and knowledge which will leave you wiser, very likely happier, more motivated, inspired and more clued up.
I’ve benefited so much from the audios listed below. Listening to the soothing sound of someone telling you how to be happier, live better and generally get more from life is incredibly comforting and uplifting – especially during the tough times as I found to be particularly true this summer. Some podcasts include episodes where people share their triumphs over adversity stories and listening to their triumphs is incredibly motivating and makes you feel you’re not alone.
The more I listen to these kinds of stories the more I realise that we humans are all the same. We all experience hard times and we can all pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and come back stronger. We have a choice. We can choose to feel defeated and targeted or we can see life’s trials as a chance to better ourselves and grow and come back ON FIRE! And the latter is definitely how I feel!
But it’s not all heavy. The audios below deal with a range of different topics – everything from fiction, philosophy, science, philanthropy, art, environment, psychology, health, fitness, mindfulness, news and more!
Whenever I tune into an audio I really appreciate the quiet time and chance to learn and reflect. The World Health Organisation has declared stress as “the epidemic of the 21st century” and I think everyone could do with an opportunity to unwind and feel calmer. My advice is to download an episode to your phone and then disconnect from WIFI to ensure you don’t get interrupted. My favourite new ritual is to listen whilst I’m walking in nature or when I’m in the bath or getting ready to go out. I really hope you can start to listen too and benefit as much as I have.
1. Ted Talks
TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages.
Presenter and author Tony Wright interviews a wide range of experts in the field of health and personal development. It’s Insightful, inspirational and light hearted. He regularly appears as a guest on other shows talking about energy, vitality, and motivation.
Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.
“Designed to uplift, inspire, and help you add a little extra intention to your everyday” is the caption of Jess Lively’s show, and she delivers. Jess details her personal experiences from divorce to self exploration and discusses with guests her view on possessions, personal habits, relationships and careers. She has an upbeat personality that in and of itself is uplifting and fun.
If you’re thrilled by the prospect of a well-known author – Joyce Carol Oates, Andrew O’Hagan, Jonathan Franzen – reading aloud a short story from the New Yorker archive and afterwards offering their own literary analysis of the piece, this is for you.