Podcasts aren’t new, but that’s just spring 2020 when I was daily doomscrolling and “future-tripping” went from colloquialism to the concept I researched the best please-make-me-happy podcasts. It was a time when I was looking for joy by all means I could find it. I embraced the novelty of my twice-weekly grocery runs, steeped in gratitude at rekindled long-distance connections, and set my many walks around the neighborhood to the soundtrack of happy podcasts that reminded me to smile.
Although a lot has changed in the two years since, you don’t have to scroll far for a daunting headline to appear on your screen. The world is vast and complex, filled with many problems that naturally color our days with confusion, anxiety and sometimes despair. And while we can recognize these truths and do our best to contribute and support others in meaningful ways, we can also organize moments and opportunities that put us on the path to the very human emotion of happiness.
To help you get there, the editors at Camille Styles have rounded up their favorite happy podcasts that constantly uplift their mood and help put a smile on the reg’s face. There are guilty pleasures, entertaining episodes, and perhaps most important of all, joy-inducing choices. So dive into the list below and get ready to feel good.
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Our 9 Favorite Happy Podcasts That Spark Instant Joy
Why you recommend it: The whole premise is this: to educate you on things that entertain but don’t matter. Knox and Jamie are a hilarious duo who tackle everything from pop culture news to what not to do on a first date, or while traveling, or on Instagram (in their hilarious series “Les NON de…”). This podcast is ALL about joy and entertainment. I cried real tears of laughter and I feel like Knox and Jamie are my real friends (don’t tell me they aren’t).
Start here: The NOs of travel In which they roast your girlfriend in one recapping one of my most embarrassing moments, travel or otherwise. I promise the real lols are in your future. I also recommend this delicious deep dive in the movie, Bridesmaids. — Brittany, Director of Content Marketing
Why you recommend it: This podcast is a guilty pleasure. It’s the perfect blend of light-hearted, feel-good content with a dose of helpful, advice-focused nuance that leaves you with something to take away from what feels like chatting with a group of girlfriends. Becca Tobin, Jac Vanek, and Keltie Knight lead the podcast while bringing in plenty of special guests to talk about topics like mental health, career moves, wellness, and more.
Their guests range from social media stars and celebrities like Tinx, Josh Peck, Lauryn Bosstick and Heather Dubrow to doctors and advisers on just about anything you might seek advice on. Because their episodes touch on so many different topics, chances are you can connect to something relevant to any event in your life in a way that feels so easy.
Start here: jenny mollen At Camille Styles, we are all a little obsessed with Jenny’s new book, city of tastes. This episode dives deep into the secrets and insights behind its success. — Annie, Food Writing Intern
Why do you recommend it: There’s not much I miss going to the office, but one thing I always crave: gossip. Not the life ruining kind or anything, just the fun stuff. The kind of secret exchanges that help create a sense of community and camaraderie. Host Kelsey McKinney (along with a rotating selection of witty guests) sifts through the best ‘friends and friends’ stories for a tantalizing story hour – mimicking the endorphin kick of office gossip whose j I always so deeply want.
Start here: Squirrel Enthusiast with Tracy Clayton. Don’t ask, just trust that you’ll laugh so hard that your co-worker next to a desk will ask what you’re listening to. — Caitlin Clark, Editor-in-Chief
Why you recommend it: While the majority of the podcasts in my regular rotation keep me up to date with current affairs (Marketplace, Up First, The Daily), this is a 100% nonsense podcast that has no purpose other than to to make laugh. The concept: dramatic readings of one-star reviews from all corners of the internet. Enough said.
Start here: Toddler beds. All I can say is this: aimless gold. — Isabelle, editor-in-chief
I’m always looking for ways to hack life. Since having kids, I’ve been on a hormonal and physical roller coaster of mental, emotional, and lifestyle changes. This podcast immerses you in topics ranging from anxiety to meditation. In other words, simple tips to improve your well-being.
Start here: The opposite of depression | Samantha Boardman. A topic that is becoming more and more relevant every day. In this episode, guest Samantha Boardman shares her work with positive psychiatry, as well as the impact defining your values, investing in your hobbies, and redefining failure can have on your mental health. . — Brandy, Maternity Contributor
Why you recommend it: Bill Simmons had made a name for himself as one of the most prolific writers and producers in the sports industry. Certainly, his Boston roots have long sparked heated and highly entertaining debates. (The guy is loyal to his Celtics – which I love!) But more recently, Simmons has been pivoting his pace, or at least some of his energy, to filming.
His latest work, The Rewatchables, is a fun take on the talk of film critics. Simmons and his amazing co-stars review some of the best movies of our time, from Titanic at The fugitive, breaking down each to explain why they’re worth watching over and over again. It’s a hilarious and insightful study of some of the best films ever made.
Start here: “Misery” with Bill Simmons and Brian Koppelman — Stacey, Editor-in-Chief
Why you recommend it: I’ve been a lifelong fan of Greg McKeown’s work. His book, Essentialism is one of my favorites, and when he launched a new podcast this year to help others “design a life that really matters”, it was an immediate “follow up” for me. This one probably won’t do you lol, but it’s like a soothing balm for life’s stressors, reminding me of what’s really important paired with real advice I can put into practice that day. On a morning walk around my hood with my AirPods on, this one is like a deep cleansing breath for the soul.
Start here: Tell me where am I wrong? —Camille, editor-in-chief
Why you recommend it: Whenever I need a good laugh, this is the podcast I turn to. Heather McMahan is one of my favorite comedians of all time, and every episode leaves me in tears. She’s real, she’s hilarious, and feels like a best friend and professional storyteller all rolled into one. But beware: this pod is NSFW and not intended for children’s ears.
Start here: His episode with actress Jennifer Lawrence is an excellent starting point. — Michelle, Executive Producer
Why you recommend it: It was one of the first podcasts I started listening to, and all I can say is this: I’m so grateful that Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton decided to spend hours (days , years…) of their time reviewing nostalgic foods and talking at length about any food topic that comes to mind. The commentary is *hilarious* and will make you think differently about everything from apples to salad spinners to Coke’s endless variety of flavors. Oh, and they review their favorite Trader Joe products, so of course you’re going to want to listen.
Start here: So good, it deserves a preface: Episode 539, Trader Joe’s Favorites.— Isabelle, editor-in-chief