One of my favorite me-time activities is my commute. It might sound crazy and counter-intuitive when traffic, crowded subway rides, road rage, weather woes and construction often put a bump in things. But for me, I view it as uninterrupted time that I can’t be doing anything else (insert laundry, grocery shopping, budget review, or tying shoelaces). While I could be using my commute to worry about what is for dinner that night or my lengthy to-do list, instead I settle in with a great podcast. I find that this tiny mind-escape allows me to stay in the moment, learn a little something new and start/end the day on a positive note.
I started a list of my favorite podcasts because I often force people to hear a play-by-play upon my arrival. I usually just forward the podcast to make things easier. But just as I enjoy discovering my own favorites, I also love to hear from others what inspires them. So please do share your favorite podcast below!
Love Letters to Strangers by Hannah Brencher: https://www.ted.com/talks/hannah_brencher_love_letters_to_strangers
Year of Saying Yes by Shonda Rhimes: https://www.ted.com/talks/shonda_rhimes_my_year_of_saying_yes_to_everything
Want to be Happier? Stay in the Moment by Matt Killingsworth: https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_killingsworth_want_to_be_happier_stay_in_the_moment#t-195656
The Science of Mindfulness: https://onbeing.org/programs/ellen-langer-science-of-mindlessness-and-mindfulness-nov2017/
On Being Podcasts: https://onbeing.org/programs/
All Strangers Podcasts: http://www.storycentral.org/strangers/. This is a great collection of stories if you need “an empathy shot in your arm.” The stories are about people, connections, heartbreaks, kindness and discovering all is not what you assume. The episode called “Isn’t it Nice” is a great place to start.
If you are looking for something that is more informational about interesting topics and less ethereal/feel good you might want to try:
Invisibilia is a podcast about the invisible forces that control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs and assumptions. https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia
Ted Talks (of course)…just pick a topic such as Creativity: https://www.ted.com/topics/creativity
We plan to continue our list but if you have any that you would like to add, please list them below!
By Brooke Jennings Roe, Director of Marketing