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The Best Personal Development Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

1) Manifestation Babe

Manifestation Babe is hands down my favorite podcast on earth. If you aren't already listening to this podcast, you need to be. Even though the host, Kathrin Zenkina, is only in her twenties, she is wise beyond her years and has so much amazing advice to give when it comes to manifesting whatever you want, building a business, and making money. Each episode is inspiring, motivating, and lights a fire under my ass to go get working on my dream life. I've learned so much from her in the short amount of time that I've been following her and if I could afford it, I would probably buy every product/course she has to offer.

My favorite part: I love how in every episode, Kathrin gives practical advice that I can implement that day into my life.

2) Happier by Gretchen Rubin

I found Happier by Gretchen Rubin after reading her book, The Happiness Project, which I can't recommend enough. The podcast is hosted by Gretchen and her sister Liz where they discuss topics that they believe will make people happier. Every week, their show follows a fun format where they focus on a happiness topic, give their listeners a Try This At Home Tip, a Happiness Hack, sometimes a Listener Question, Demerits and Gold Stars (where one of them gets a demerit for doing something they're not proud of and the other gives a gold star to someone), and ends with what they're reading this week. I enjoy that Happier has a structure to it so I know what to expect every week and that they give actionable advice with their Try This At Home Tips and Happiness Hacks. This podcast is fun, uplifting, and not too heavy.

My favorite part: My favorite part is honestly Gretchen and her sister! While I love that they talk about happiness and personal development since I'm very interested in those things, I really think I could listen to them talk about anything because I just love them. They're both such intelligent and accomplished ladies who I very much admire.

3) Gal Pals

Gal Pals holds very true to its name because the podcast is hosted by two best friends, Georgie and Engrid. They spend the episodes discussing different life topics that can be interesting to anyone like dealing with overwhelm, boundaries, friendship, gratitude, and body image. These two gals have real and raw conversations often filled with laughter and sometimes tears. It's both fun and enlightening to listen to their podcast and they make you feel like you're one of their friends. I actually found Gal Pals from Georgie's solo podcast she hosted for awhile called Chasing Joy. I'm bummed she isn't running that podcast anymore, but I love listening to her and Engrid together.

My favorite part: I love how honest and open Georgie and Engrid are about everything. I truly feel like I'm one of their friends when I'm listening.

4) Super Soul

The Super Soul podcast is hosted by the one and only Oprah, where she interviews different thought-leaders and movers and shakers in the world. Each episode is completely different, based on who Oprah is interviewing and what story they are sharing. She's interviewed people like Pema Chodron, Elizabeth Gilbert, and even Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. Oprah asks tough questions and this podcast goes extremely deep into things like human behavior, relationships, and spirituality.

My favorite part: The variety of guests Oprah gets on the show. Where else would I be able to listen to all of these amazing people?

5) Feel Good Effect

The Feel Good Effect podcast, hosted by Robyn Conley Downs, is a podcast that tries to unpack what it really means to be healthy and covers all realms of health like mental, physical, and emotional health. Episodes range from topics like meal planning, to how to create a morning routine, to how to choose the right exercise for you. Robyn's approach is very holistic, covering all of the bases for what it means to be healthy, and she does so in a gentle way, truthful way. I love that Robyn's podcast is a combination of solo and interview episodes and that she's very selective with who she allows to be on her show. Robyn promotes body positivity and is not a fan of diet culture, so you'll only get the good stuff on her show.

My favorite part: I love how Robyn makes complex topics about health and wellness easy and digestible to understand. You can tell from listening to her that she really cares about her audience and that she wants to help every listener achieve their health goals.

6) Design Your Dream Life

Design Your Dream Life is a podcast hosted by life coach, Natalie Bacon that focuses on topics like goal setting, productivity, mindset, time management, and basically anything that is going to help you up-level your life to where you want it to be. Lately, Design Your Dream Life has shifted its audience a bit towards moms, but there are so many great episodes that would benefit anyone listening.

My favorite part: My favorite part is Natalie's no B.S. demeanor. On her podcast, she tells you how it is and gives you straight forward advice that will help you improve your life if you choose to act on it.

7) The Self Love Fix

The Self Love Fix is a woo-woo podcast, but in the best possible way! The host, Beatrice Kamau, discusses topics like codependency, self-confidence, and people-pleasing through the lens of healing your inner child and spirituality. This is a great podcast for people who have trauma from their past that they need to work through (literally who doesn't right?) and who are open to asking themselves difficult questions and doing deep, internal work. This is not a light podcast, but one that is very rewarding.

My favorite part: I love that Beatrice is willing to go deep into uncomfortable topics that most of us would shy away from. She discusses topics from a different point of view that many of us may not be used to.

8) The Perfectionism Project

Aptly named The Perfectionism Project, this podcast is for perfectionists who are ready to get out of their own way and to stop being stuck in the all-or-nothing mindset (*raises hand*). The host, Sam Laura Brown, is relatable as a recovering perfectionist and shares many of her personal stories and insights on how to overcome things like procrastination, self-sabotage, overthinking, and overwhelm by focusing on things like self-trust, planning, and mindset. Her episodes are often pretty lengthy, but there is a ton of wisdom and useful information in every episode.

My favorite part: I love that Sam uses her own experiences of being a perfectionist in the past to help other perfectionists with her podcast. She's very relatable because she's gone through the same exact things I'm going through right now, so I really trust her advice.

9) By The Book

By The Book is a podcast hosted by two friends, Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg, where they live by a different self-help book every two weeks and tell us about how it went. Isn't this an amazing concept for a show? I wish I would have thought of it. Every episode is full of laughter and life lessons that Kristen and Jolenta learn from living "by the book." This podcast is a ton of fun to listen to and it's introduced me to a number of personal development books as well. My only complaint about this podcast is that it's become a bit too political in the last couple of seasons in my opinion. I honestly get enough politics in the news, on social media, from talking to people I know in real life, that I'd prefer to not have it in my personal development podcast. Nonetheless, it's still a fun podcast worth listening to.

My favorite part: These ladies are seriously hilarious. Jolenta is an actual professional comedian so it makes sense that the show would be funny, and these two play off each other so well. I also love when they have their husbands on the show because they add great comedy value as well.

I hope you find a podcast you resonate with from this list. If you have any personal development podcast recommendations, please leave them in a comment below. I'm also looking for more podcasts to listen to :)

Your gal,



Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I'm Kayla -- the face behind these posts, carb lover, homebody, cat mom, and book addict.

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