Podcasts are a great way to entertain yourself while driving to work, cleaning the house, or any at any other time you might need some sound in the background. From self-help podcasts to give you insight into your life, to mindfulness podcasts with thoughtful interviews and inspiring ideas, there is no shortage of thought-provoking podcasts available. Whether you are looking for the best self-help podcasts or some new shows to help you expand your horizons during your commute, check out these six podcasts to inspire personal growth.

Dear Sugars

In a classic “Dear Abby” format, listeners can write into the show about a myriad of topics, and the hosts answer their letters over the air. This show covers everything from the struggles of animal ownership with Julie Barton, to the power of saying no with Oprah Winfrey. If you are looking for a fun and personable self-help podcast, consider adding Dear Sugars to your podcast cue.

Hidden Brain

If you are fascinated by the human condition, consider subscribing to Hidden Brain. This NPR podcast and national radio show explores a wide variety of topics that help people better understand themselves and the world around them. From exploring why people lie, to the importance corporate social responsibility, to why we feel proud of building IKEA furniture, this podcast will expand your horizons and answer questions you never knew you had.

10% Happier

Dan Harris’ 10% Happier podcast was born from his book of the same title. Harris was a nonbeliever in meditation until a series of panic attacks led him to give it a try.  Whether you are an avid meditator or you are, as Harris says “interested in meditation but allergic to the woo woo,” this mindfulness podcast will help you hone your focus, and meditate anytime and anywhere.

Planet Money

Self-help podcasts need not only consist of personal tips and relationship advice; learning about current financial trends and how to better manage your money is a great way to grow personally. While these topics may seem dry and hard to digest, the Planet Money team has a knack for breaking down complex stories into short, fun radio pieces even for the most financially unsavvy.

The Mindful Kind

If you are looking for a mindfulness podcast to give you a weekly dose of inspiration, The Mindful Kind hosted by Rachel Kable may be the show for you. From how to maintain a more positive attitude, to exercise and mindfulness, this show explores a wide variety of themes with easy-to-relate-to stories and interviews. These short and sweet ten minute episodes will fill your commute and coffee breaks with easy ways to practice mindfulness every day.

Ted Radio Hour

If you love Ted Talks, The Ted Radio Hour is the podcast for you. Listeners explore a weekly theme in this unique radio show. From in-depth interviews on how children develop their sense of self, to the benefits of failing, and how design affects our everyday lives, these Ted Talks that are adapted for radio will teach you things you never knew you wanted to know.

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Megan Herndon

Megan is a Seattle-based writer who covers health and wellness. She has worked in content marketing and journalism for a number of organizations including The Seattle Globalist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and The Jakarta Globe. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Washington and is currently working on her second UW degree, a Master of Communication and Digital Media. Born and raised in Hawaii and currently embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle, Megan loves all things active and outdoors including hiking, camping, outrigger canoe paddling, and yoga.

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