May 9, 2019

5 podcasts that’ll get you off the couch and into the community to do some good

And one bonus podcast to help you better take care of yourself.

These podcasts will inspire you to take action in your neighborhood. Photo by Stock Snap/Pixabay

People listen to podcasts for entertainment and news, but they also listen to them for a source of connection. These podcasts listed below will not only uplift and inspire you but also offer practical advice and recommendations for how to get out there and help your community.

The Kindness Podcast is a guaranteed mood boost. Host Nicole Phillips, who is based in Ohio, uses the podcast to explores how kindness can be used to solve problems and help others. Listen to half-hour episodes every week produced by WOUB public media. In a recent episode, Phillips sits down with martial arts instructor Stan Haehl to discuss how the self-defense practice is also an outlet for kindness.

TED Radio Hour provides the same inspiration as a good TED Talk, but in a convenient audio format. Hosted by Guy Raz, the podcast explores big ideas, inventions, and creative problem solving. Co-produced by TED and NPR, the episodes are an hour long and come out weekly. Recent episodes tackle the idea of failure and how it can clear the way for success, and the importance of activism and what motivates it.

The Classy Podcast is a series that tells the “stories of people who stand for something.” The podcast is produced by a tech company Classy, based in San Diego. Episodes are around 45 minutes long and are grouped into themed seasons. The main goal is to tell the stories of nonprofit founders, leaders, and executives, focusing specifically on their personal journeys in the hopes of inspiring the next generation.

Doing Good Better is a limited run podcast—it’s just three hour-long episodes. But each episode is a deep dive into what it means to help people and how to do it better. The podcast was created by the nonprofit Centre for Effective Altruism, a UK nonprofit. Despite the small number of episodes, the guests are wide-ranging and include a French Buddhist monk, investigative science journalist, and a moral philosopher.

People Helping People is a podcast designed to inspire greater social change in the business world. Host Adam Morris interviews small business owners who are using their organization’s to give back make a difference. The conversations center around ideas for how to create social change and practical advice on entrepreneurship. Episodes range from a half-hour to 45 minutes.

Bonus! While you’re busy helping others, don’t forget to take care of yourself:

Happier with Gretchen Rubin is of course, hosted by Gretchen Rubin, who is the author of The Happiness Project. The podcast continues the goal of her book—practical advice for how to create good habits and live a happier life. Episodes range from around half an hour for the regular weekly weekly, with shorter “Little Happier” episodes that are just a few minutes peppered in between.

Caitlin Fairchild

Caitlin Fairchild is the deputy editor of The Renewal Project.
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