Subscribe to these podcasts and your future self will thank you.

As the new year unfolds, even the most hesitant to actually hashtag “New Year, New Me” are among those considering ways to help ensure the next 365 days are better than the previous.

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Considering the tradition of making resolutions is deep-rooted in human history, with early fresh-start rituals dating back four thousand years to ancient Babylon, there are countless reasons why the practice has stood the test of time and transcended across cultures. While some of the most common goals prove to be the hardest (such as losing weight), the beginning of the Gregorian calendar is a perfect time to start fresh, replace excuses with actions, and work on forming new habits.

However, as we move into the second week of 2018, it is once again becoming clear that the road to self-improvement isn’t as easy as simply making the declaration itself. While we hold one another accountable, look inward and ask ourselves what want to manifest this year, best believe there are a plethora of podcasts to help guide the process.

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Whether your New Year’s resolution is simply to listen to more podcasts, or if you have no idea where to begin, the following podcasts are here to help you ease into a world of new information and inspiration alike, each one with a bent on bettering self. 

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Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

While her speech at the 2018 Golden Globes may serve as inspiration enough, Oprah continues to generously deliver gem after gem and motivate others to become their best selves. The official SuperSoul podcast features Oprah’s personal selection of interviews that previously ran on her daytime talk show series, SuperSoul Sunday, which first began airing in 2011. Now available in podcast format, the curated conversations highlight Oprah’s meaningful conversations with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, renowned folks from the spiritual and faith communities and health/wellness experts. Plus, did we mention, Oprah is involved? 

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The Joe Rogan Experience

With over one thousand episodes available to binge-listen or watch (depending your preference), comedian, actor/host and renowned UFC color commentator Joe Rogan’s podcast is a staple. The pioneering podcast launched in 2009 and includes a carefully curated array of guests, running the gamut from fellow comedians, university professors and intellectuals, fitness experts and explorers, and beyond. Joe Rogan offers up long-format conversation (sometimes upwards of three hours in length) with each guest, focusing on current events, political views, race relations, health and fitness, and so much more-- so basically, life, all infused with a hint of observational comedy. 

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TED Talks Daily

TED Talks have been changing the game since the media organization TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) first began living up to its mantra of “ideas worth spreading,” with the company launching its annual conference in 1990. TED Talks have since revolutionized public speaking, with guests sharing their most innovative, thought-provoking ideas, covering a limitless array of topics and perhaps most impressively, doing so in under 18 minutes (on average).

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The Tim Ferriss Show 

Host Tim Ferriss, known for writing the best-selling book The 4-Hour Workweek, has found tremendous success with his podcast. In addition to being the “most downloaded” podcast on iTunes in 2016, The Tim Ferriss Show has broken several records, including being the first business/interview podcast to exceed 100M downloads. In his own words, Ferriss “deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.” With this podcast chock full of advice, tips and raw interviews, it is well worth the hype.

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The Daily Boost 

The Daily Boost is exactly what its name suggests: a daily shot of motivation intended to provide strategies for self-betterment. Each episode is only nine minutes, making this one an easy listen for those with busy schedules (or short attention spans). With over 9,000 episodes and counting since making its debut in 2006, The Daily Boost helps listeners to stay motivated, inspired and focused. Think of this one as a morning talkshow meets pep talk. Available for free on Mondays or five days a week via paid subscription.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Author Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast is curated carefully with happiness in mind. Rubin, who wrote acclaimed books The Happiness Project and Better than Before, shares advice about obtaining and maintaining happiness, tips for forming better habits to help achieve said goal and overall provides excellent words to live by. With her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, as co-host, this feel-good podcast is all about making your life happier, healthier, more productive and more creative.

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Side Hustle School podcast

With an M.O. that is all about earning more than one source of income, this podcast focuses on the art of the side hustle. With conversations led by New York Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau, who wrote The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity and The Happiness of Pursuit, among others, Side Hustle School provides insight into creating a backup plan (i.e. a side hustle) and the multifaceted benefits that come along for the ride. With episodes organized by week, this podcast is designed to change one’s thinking and help inspire creativity, full of real-life examples of people making waves with their side hustles.

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Tiny Leaps Big Changes

Created by Gregg Clunis, the Tiny Leaps Big Changes podcast was created with one goal in mind: “to create something that focused on the tiny actions you can take today to start changing your life.” While this podcast is only two years into the game, it has quickly become a fan favorite, full of advice and personal development strategies that focus on the day-to-day in order to work towards impactful change. This one is all about being better today than you were yesterday.

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The Creative Superheroes Podcast

The Creative Superheroes Podcast, by host Andrea Scher, is a hub for getting inspired by others, with guests ranging from authors to artists with coaches and teachers thrown into the mix. Per Andrea, this podcast is all about “the sweet spot where creativity and personal growth intersect.” After all, not all superheroes wear capes.

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The Good Life Project

The Good Life Project by Jonathan Fields features in-depth conversations with acclaimed entrepreneurs, artists, makers and more, with each podcast showcasing the power of story-telling. The balance of where great business insight meets impactful interviewing is where this podcast shines.

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