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24 Podcasts That Will Improve Your Life

by jenny sansouci on May 29, 2015

Hey hey HEY.

Lately I’ve been getting really into podcasts. Up until a couple of months ago, I never listened to podcasts. Like, ever. Then I realized I was spending all my time walking around listening to music and I could be way more productive.

Music rules, but you gotta switch it up sometimes!

I started asking around about the best life enhancement/wellness/personal development related podcasts and I got an awesome list (87 comments!!) from my instagram friends. So I thought I’d put together a list of my personal favorite podcasts that I can’t stop listening to, as well as some of the ones people recommended highly. 🙂

YAY! Listen though, I’m still a podcast newbie so I’m sorry if I left off anything you love. Please let me know in the comments!

Podcasts are great because you walk away with a new perspective or new bit of knowledge every time you listen to one. I think they feel more fun and interactive than listening to an audio book.

Plus, podcasts are free! (…are all podcasts free!?)

Ok here’s my list – The first 6 are ones that I personally have listened to so far and love, and the rest are recommendations from you guys!! I know, you’ll notice most of the ones I listen to are men. I enjoy learning from women too, but in general I tend to gravitate towards male energy, it really revvs me up. #testosterone! But if Taylor Swift or Emily van Camp had a podcast, I could totally get down with that.

K, here you go…

24 Podcasts That Will Improve Your Life:


  • The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson – this is my #1 favorite podcast lately. I met Shawn at the Paleof(x) conference in Austin and he’s just cool, super friendly, passionate about helping people improve their lives, and walks his talk. He always has fantastic information to share, inspiring guests, and his co-host Jade is really fun. Check out the one called “Creating Unstoppable Success and the Miracle Morning” – it’s epic, and I can’t wait to listen to his Happiness one with Gretchen Rubin. This podcast is LEGIT!
  • The Bulletproof Podcast with Dave Asprey – You guys probably know by now that I am a huge fan of Dave Asprey and borderline obsessed with anything Bulletproof. I love his brand and I love the way he dives deep into the research behind everything he does. Bio-hacking and being optimal is the name of the game in this podcast, and the episodes will definitely give you an “upgraded” outlook on how great your life can be. There are too many good ones to mention – topics from food to fitness to meditation — but personally I really enjoy listening to his Q&A ones, where people have submitted questions and he answers. FUN FOR DAYS!
  • The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes – Lewis Howes is another great podcast host that leaves me inspired to be great every time I listen. One of my favorite things about the School of Greatness podcasts are his “5 Minute Fridays” – where, literally, the podcast is only 5 minutes long but gives a really inspiring and motivational message. I actually cry during them sometimes. (I definitely cried during the one called “Born to Lead”). Also check out the one called “To Live Is To Serve” and “Never Give Up.” SO GOOD!
  • The Tim Ferriss Show Tim Ferriss is like everybody’s gateway drug to lifestyle design and life-enhancement experimentation. If you’re into this stuff at all, there’s a high chance you got into it through finding Tim’s work somehow. The good news for us is that Tim continues to share great stuff with us on his podcast. He just released an episode called “How To Build A Large Audience From Scratch” which I know a lot of you will dig, I can’t wait to listen. Also insanely interesting was his one about psychedelic micro-dosing, and you MUST listen to Lazy: A Manifesto (this one is just 15 mins and amazing – and definitely got me questioning why I choose to live in New York City)!
  • Impossible FM with Joel Runyon – If you know me at all, you know I have been a big Joel Runyon fan for awhile now, and I feel incredibly lucky to say that today he’s one of the closest people in my life. It’s the best! He inspires me on the daily with his dedication to helping other people do things they once thought were impossible, and he is my go-to guy when I’m feeling “stuck” or need a real kick in the ass to move something forward. His blog and podcast are all about pushing your limits, taking action and really going after things. One day I had to go to IKEA and I listed to Impossible FM exclusively for like 3 hours straight!!! And it was awesome. My favorite episode is probably “How To Actually Do The Things You Say You Want To Do.” Get to it.
  • Wellness Wonderland with Katie Dalebout – I gotta give huge props to Katie because she was the first podcast I ever was actually a guest on (eek! so scary!) and she’s the one who inspired me to begin listening to podcasts. She also represents the LADIES on this list! I love Katie’s podcast because she’s super enthusiastic about wellness and she brings on tons of great guests (and many of my friends!) from the wellness community. I really admire her dedication to spreading other people’s helpful messages to as many people as possible – that comes across so clear in everything she does. She’s just the bomb. I particularly loved her episode with Anjie Cho about feng shui and de-cluttering. Go listen!

The rest of this list are podcasts you guys recommended on instagram or I have on my personal radar but I haven’t listened to yet!

All in the realms of personal development, entrepreneurship, fitness, health, wellness:

Abel James – The Fat Burning Man Show

TED Talk Radio Hour

The Rich Roll Podcast

The Joe Rogan Experience

Chris Kresser – Revolution Health Radio

Tara Brach – Meditation

The Lively Show with Jess Lively

Food Psych with Christy Harrison

The Charged Life with Brendan Burchard

The James Altucher Show

Tranquility Du Jour with Kimberly Wilson

Beyond The To Do List


The Art of Paid Traffic with Rick Mulready

The Good Life Project

Crave Cast

On Being

The Jilllian Michaels Show

Ok, my brain hurts from writing this list!!! I know there are a lot more I haven’t listed here – that’s what the comments section is for. What am I missing!?! Comment below with your favorite life-improving podcast!!!!

I have a fantasy of being a podcast host now…I think it would be fun to start a podcast and have all my favorite peeps on it. Eeeeeeeee. Things could get so out of hand!

Love you guys 🙂


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Jackie May 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Hey Jenny! I have to tell you that my fiance and I are super into Abel James Podcast. He seems like such a nice person, and we have been working on eating WILD. We recently bought the audio version of his Eat Wild book. Super super informative and so easy to follow. We even stopped at a farm on our way home from a soccer game in CT and bought fresh farm eggs and whole milk, etc… good stuff!

jenny sansouci May 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Hey Jackie!! Yes! He’s been a guest on some of the other podcasts I mentioned above, I am subscribed to his podcast and have been meaning to listen to an episode. He’s awesome and his book is great!!

Melissa May 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Can’t wait to check some of these out. I am newly into podcasts as well. 🙂 Here is a brand new podcast from Liz DiAlto – Untame The Wild Soul Woman. It’s pretty amazing!

jenny sansouci May 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Ahhh I didn’t know her podcast was live and running! I will DEF check it out. She rules.

Torri May 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm

I LOVE tranquility du jour! When I lived in DC I used to go to Kimberly’s yoga studio as well.

jenny sansouci May 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Nice!! Thanks for letting me know – I will definitely give it a listen. 🙂

Brittany May 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Hey hey HEY I may be T Swift nerding out, but was that a Shake it Off reference? lol

jenny sansouci May 29, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Haha!!! It actually WASN’T, but now it is.

Shawn May 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

This is such an awesome post! It’s just bonus that I’m on it 🙂

You’re the best, Jenny, thank you!

jenny sansouci May 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

YOU are the best Shawn!! Thanks for everything you do. 🙂

Mark May 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Great post! I listen to 3 or your top 6 already, and a few from the longer list. The only one I would add to that list is The James Swanwick show.

Kersten May 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Balanced Bites and if you are into fitness, The FitCast. But my favorite is definitely The Fat Burning Man that you mentioned too. Thanks for the list!

Evan Brand May 31, 2015 at 9:56 am

Shameless plug, but you’re missing my show Not Just Paleo 🙂

You probably heard me on Shawn’s show, but he has been on mine as well. Daniel Vitalis show would be good for this list too!

Jen May 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Joe Rogan Experience is my most favorite podcast, and have started listening to a ton more through his (Tim Ferriss, Rich Roll which you already listed!) Total Human Optimization podcast is through Onnit and awesome. Also, Aubrey Marcus’ the Warrior Poet podcast is a great listen too!

Jess Lively June 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Thank you so much for including The Lively Show in this list of awesome shows. I’m a big Lewis and Tim fan, too!

Andrea June 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Great list!
I’d also add Sean Croxton’s Underground Wellness Radio. I’ve learned about some of the listed experts through him. I’ve also learned a lot that I’ve shared with others.

Briana July 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

omg thank you for this post its amazing. i LOVE podcasts and spend so long looking for good ones and you’ve given me so many so quickly. I started listening to the School of Greatness and I’m OBSESSED! Thank you sooo much!

jenny sansouci January 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Woohoo! Amazing. Enjoy.

Lisa January 21, 2016 at 6:38 am

U r DAMN NEAR the BADDEST BLONDE i have ever laid eyes on!!! NO DOUBT…WOW????

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