Posted By: Kelly Seal Date: 05-29-2019 Comments: 0
Looking to switch things up this summer? Maybe you want to give your love life a little boost with some new tips and tricks. Podcasts are definitely on our radar – they are easy to listen to no matter where you are – in the car, at a workout, or even walking your dog, and they provide some great insight in entertaining ways.
There are so many options for podcasts now, it’s hard to know where to begin. Don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you. While dating stories abound and are immensely entertaining, we wanted to dive a little deeper with options that help you with personal growth and attracting love into your life. We took a look at some that focus on self-improvement, developing healthy relationships, and even ones that delve into the science of behavior to understand why people do what they do.
Ready to listen? Here are some of our favorites:
Each week, Harris interviews an expert to help us with various parts of our lives, especially if we tend to be ambitious, overworked and skeptical of self-help (he’s a pragmatist). His story is intriguing: he was a newscaster who had a panic attack on air, which led him to practice meditation. He interviews experts and discusses weighty topics like mindfulness and the power of negative thinking, but mostly he asks the question: what change can you make to decrease stress and increase happiness, even just a little, and what does that look like? While this podcast doesn’t dish out dating advice specifically, we think it’s worth a listen, because who doesn’t want to feel more zen about career, love and life?
While this podcast has taken a hiatus, there is a rich backlog of episodes to dive into if you’re not familiar. Hosted by writers Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, listeners send letters detailing their deeply personal struggles with relationships, and the hosts address challenges with grace and candor. No matter how particular or nuanced or heartbreaking your relationship issue, they have probably talked about it in one of their episodes. There are no secrets here, so get ready to deep dive and come out the other side with more insight and more compassion.
Want something a little lighter? Anna Faris’s relationship-focused podcast doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but she’s happy to give it to you straight (as she sees it) along with her co-host Sim Sarna. Listeners leave messages with their questions and they discuss – and it’s not what you’d expect, but it’s definitely funny, entertaining, and yes – insightful!
Ever wonder why someone acts the way they do? There are invisible forces behind our interactions that shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Sometimes we don’t even know it! Invisibilia is here to point out these subconscious behaviors through storytelling and science in an inventive and engaging way. If you tend to deconstruct your dates with friends, you might want to check this out. It can give you some new perspective on behavior, and hopefully help you let go of judgment. After all, we all have quirks that we don’t always see!
TED Radio Hour
Sometimes we need a little inspiration, and that’s where TED Radio hour comes in. The podcast takes parts of TED speeches as well as interviews with experts that focus on certain topics to help give us insight into a particular idea. For example, the subject of one recent podcast was failure, and the experts showed us how we could reframe and reshape it into something to learn from rather than to be ashamed of. The goal of the podcast is to share fascinating ideas and insight to help us all create and innovate. Who doesn’t want that?
Kelly Seal is a freelance writer, dating expert, and author of the book “Date Expectations: A Guide to Changing Your Dating Life and Finding Real Love.” She got her start in the dating industry by hosting speed dating events around southern California and offering advice and encouragement to attendees. She now lives in L.A. and spends her free time hiking in the Santa Monica mountains and blogging at www.kellyseal.com.