This year has been beyond challenging for everyone worldwide. We never expected the overwhelming amount of confusion, fear, and darkness. But, what we do know, is that we have to get up each day and make the best of it. We can drown in misery, or we can kick ourselves in the butt and be grateful for all the goodness we do have, and work towards a better tomorrow. Easier said than done on some days, right? That’s okay. We’re human...we have a right to be in our feelings.

There are days where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t snap yourself into the right mindset. How about a little assistance? No, we don’t mean a virtual visit with a therapist. The trick is right on your phone, tablet, or computer. Podcasts! There are so many awesome podcasts that won’t only turn your frowns upside down, but will also revive you and lift your spirits. From life coaches, to comedians who allow you to see current real world situations under a totally different light, the options are endless.

Below are some big time faves for podcasts that will give you the mood boost we all need these days! Give them a listen at Player FM, and spread that renewed positive energy around you!

Happier With Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants to spread that happiness to you! She is the #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets personal as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this upbeat, 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 (warmly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully.

Kind World

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Kind World is a show about how a single act of kindness can change someone's life. In each episode, hosts and reporters Yasmin Amer and Andrea Asuaje search the world for good news stories that will restore your faith in humanity. Something we all need!

Heavyweight

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Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. If you’re looking for a jaw dropping mind reset, this is your podcast!

The Courage Makers

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Couragemakers is a weekly podcast for all the creative doers, makers and world-shakers designed to inspire and encourage. It will spark a movement of women who are putting themselves first. Building the life you want and putting yourself out into the world takes a boatload of courage, but you don’t have to do it alone. Every Monday, unconventional couragemakers all over the world share their stories, their advice and their dreams. You figured out what you don’t want in life, now you’re figuring out what you do want. Couragemakers is brought to you by Meg Kissack of That Hummingbird Life. Because everything changes when you believe you matter. Let’s shake things up together. Warning: contains courage, vulnerability and a desire to leave the world a brighter place than how we found it.

The Slow Home Podcast

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the speed of life? What are we all rushing for? We are overworked, over-connected and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't have to. People are realizing that in order to have a truly meaningful life, a life that brings in consistent happiness, the constant rushing and competition in life, has to stop. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. Brooke McAlary, founder of SlowYourHome.com, is one of them, and in this podcast she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life: simple living, slowing down, opting out, saying no. Learn what makes people change, how life is different, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane. A perfect escape into a fulfilling life.