Best Happy Podcasts To Lift Your Mood (2020)

Brighten your day by tuning in to some wonderfully uplifting podcasts that will bring you a daily dose of joy and happiness.

These happy podcasts speak about practicing mindfulness, finding happiness, comedic podcasts that we guarantee will leave you with a smile, and featured interviews that aid in positive personal development.

Some of our podcast recommendations about happiness include Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard which touts itself as a podcast that 'celebrates the messiness of being human'. We love the conversational format and celebrity host Dax. He always has the unique ability to always bring a layer of silliness and fun to any subject matter. Check out the fun episode with Fred Savage (who remembers the ‘Wonder Years’?!)

If anyone is trying to find the secret to happiness, listen to The Happiness Lab, hosted by Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos. Dr. Santos takes you through the latest scientific research and shares inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness. This was a surprising and enjoyable series that is well worth the listen.

The podcast, Reply All from Gimlet Media, features 'stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people'. One of our all-time favorite podcasts as the stories shared, host banter and the overall format is just fantastic. This show will most certainly leave you with a smile (Suggested episode #158 - The Case of the Missing Hit).

With all the different podcasts out there, we curated a list of recommended feel-good shows and the best happy podcasts of 2020. Regardless of podcast format, host or structure, these are all happy podcasts that lead with positivity and warmth.

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

by Armchair Umbrella

114m

average length

224

episodes

Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

by Team Coco & Earwolf

59m

average length

140

episodes

After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him.Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that.Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.

Earn Your Happy

by customerservice@loriharder.com

36m

average length

548

episodes

Get all the inside secrets and tools you need to help you bust through your fears, connect to your soul and get focused and clear so you can elevate your life, business and relationships… Listen in as Lori Harder, founder of the Bliss Project, 3X time fitness world champion, fitness expert and cover model, turned self love junkie - lifestyle entrepreneur and author digs in shares the goods! Each episode is designed to give you the tools, ideas, and inspiration to take action in your life. Tune in for an inspirational guest, a story or a "quickie" of motivation to get you out of a funk or blast you even further on your rockstar journey! Stop waiting until you are happy and go out and earn it! I promise to make sure we have some fun along the way - you can't take this life too serious. It's time to fall in love with the process and take back your control! Oh and please make sure to share the episodes that give you goosebumps and leave us a review!

Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald

by iHeartRadio

80m

average length

17

episodes

You know what's long, tedious and boring? Surgery. You know what isn't? This new podcast! Join Scrubs co-stars and real-life best friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison for a weekly comedy podcast where they relive the hit TV show, one episode at a time. Each week, these BFFs will discuss an episode of Scrubs, sharing behind-the-scenes stories and reminiscing on some of their favorite memories from filming. They’ll also connect with Scrubs super fans and feature beloved show cast members for exclusive interviews.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

by Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project

22m

average length

537

episodes

Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. Part of the Cadence13 Network.

How Did This Get Made?

by Earwolf and Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas

66m

average length

923

episodes

Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it's amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! We'll watch it with our funniest friends, and report back to you with the results.

LadyGang

by NoxSolutions

38m

average length

430

episodes

A celebrity driven podcast from the minds and mouths of Keltie Knight, Jac Vanek, and Becca Tobin where no subject is off limits. Inspired by their bottomless mimosa brunches, each week, a celebrity guest joins the girls for a raw, honest, and hilarious look at what life is really like under the bright lights of Hollywood.

Life Will Be the Death of Me with Chelsea Handler

by iHeartRadio

42m

average length

25

episodes

Listen to Chelsea Handler's first ever podcast series featuring candid, hilarious conversations about her life, her work and where she’s headed next. The series is an entertaining, raw, smart, funny, heartbreaking and honest memoir of Chelsea’s life changing year of self-discovery, healing and growth. The podcast features interviews with celebrities such as Connie Britton, Jake Tapper, Sean Hayes, Mary McCormack and more. Life Will Be the Death of Me with Chelsea Handler is a production of iHeartRadio.

Modern Love

by WBUR and The New York Times

23m

average length

188

episodes

Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more. A collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times.

No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis

by ABC News

36m

average length

228

episodes

Have a dream but don't know where to begin? Looking for wisdom from women who've already "been there?" Whether you're looking for answers or you just want to hear a good story, you're in the right place. Hosted by ABC News Emmy Award-winning journalist and Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, "No Limits" is where the most-impressive women in the world go to let their guards down and share honest stories about what it really takes to build an empire. Each week Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. The conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" New episodes every Tuesday.

Reply All

by Gimlet

39m

average length

180

episodes

"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.

Staying In with Emily & Kumail

by Three Uncanny Four/HyperObject Industries

64m

average length

20

episodes

In this podcast — whose profits go to charities helping those affected by Coronavirus — Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani are uniquely qualified to lead you through this forced quarantine situation. They are both writers who work from home. Emily was a therapist and currently is a chronically sick person (see: The Big Sick) who often has to quarantine herself, and Kumail is her main caretaker. Plus, we both just like being at home. Let us advise you on how to stay calm and avoid cabin fever. Let us give you entertainment recommendations. Let us give you constant updates on the squirrel vs. bird war happening right outside our window. Let us not talk about the C word at all. And most of all, let us take all of the proceeds from this podcast and spread it amongst charities that are helping those who are hit hardest by this quarantine. 100% of the Net Revenue* from the podcast will be donated in equal portions to the following charities to support their efforts to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org/ https://disasterphilanthropy.org/ https://www.feedingamerica.org/ *"Net Revenue” is defined as the “Advertising Gross Revenue” received by Hyperobject Podcast and Three Uncanny Four less agency fees and actual costs incurred to produce, distribute, and promote the Podcast. “Advertising Gross Revenue” is calculated by the (cost per thousand) rate times the total impressions delivered.

Daily Boost | Daily Coaching and Motivation

by support@motivationtomove.com

12m

average length

244

episodes

Get the Coaching you need, the results you want, and the success you deserve with the Daily Boost. Every 9-minute Daily Boost will help you Clarify your purpose, breakthrough obstacles, and stay motivated. You’ll get everything you need help you get what you want in life. Discover your purpose and WHY... Take control of your schedule... Get focused... and Eliminate distraction... Stop procrastinating... reduce stress and find more happiness. As the Host of the Daily Boost, Scott Smith brings a unique, straight talking, and humorous, coaching and motivation style. He make listening fun, interesting - and with over 30 million downloads, the Daily Boost has proven to be highly effective. Listen to the Daily Boost is available every Monday on iTunes, Spotify, Radio.com and others. Join our Daily Boost Premium Coaching program and get it Monday through Friday at https://motivationtomove.com.

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition

by Comedy Central

21m

average length

753

episodes

Listen to highlights and extended interviews in the "Ears Edition" of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. From Comedy Central’s Podcast Network.

Good Life Project

by Jonathan Fields / Wondery

74m

average length

544

episodes

Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

by Pushkin Industries

31m

average length

47

episodes

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. 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 will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

The Kindness Project

by Hola@thekindnessproject.co.uk

39m

average length

125

episodes

Welcome to the kindness project. An audio exploration of how we can all be a little bit kinder to each other. Hosted by father and daughter team Chris and Charlotte.

This American Life

by This American Life

63m

average length

95

episodes

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash

by Cadence13

40m

average length

160

episodes

In this weekly podcast, David Dobrik, a 23-year-old, sexy, millionaire YouTuber and Jason Nash, a 40-something single dad with a vlog of his own, take you behind-the-scenes of their vlogs and show you what living the “YouTube life” is really like. Join these two as they confess their most intimate thoughts, discuss pop-culture, and dissect their own contentious relationship. New episodes drop every Thursday!

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

by NPR

47m

average length

120

episodes

NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up.

Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle

by KIRO Seattle

31m

average length

94

episodes

"What would your last meal be?" On this James Beard Award nominee for best podcast, National Edward R. Murrow award-winning reporter Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that’s just the beginning! Each dish’s origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones upturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Episodes every two weeks. Original music by Prom Queen.