Best Personal Development Podcasts for 2017

Best Personal Development Podcasts you Need to Listen To


Best Personal Development Podcasts for 2017


In this post, we are going to talk about another tool that I use every day to become a better person, I’m talking about podcasts.

I have a confession to make, I am a podcast addict!

Indeed, I listen to soooo many of them. Some about business, marketing, photography, writing, minimalism, personal development and more! Right now, I have 27 podcasts in rotation on my phone!

Podcasts are an awesome way, to take advantage of your commute time or also when you are working on easy tasks on your computer. I think I have a constant need to learn and become a better person. Do you feel the same?

So I am going to share with you the best personal development podcasts I am currently listening to!

The Lavendaire Lifestyle

This is my newest favorite podcast. I usually listen to it in the morning when there is no traffic since every episode is about 20 minutes.

In The Lavendaire Lifestyle, YouTuber Aileen shares tips and talks about personal growth and how to create the life you want.

I love her soft voice and how I can relate to what she says.

Theme: Personal Growth
Episode Length: 20 minutes

Go here to listen to her podcast.

The Minimalists Podcast

The Minimalists Podcast is the one I listen to when there is traffic. It starts with a song named Every Little Thing, that I usually sing in my car:

For your information, I sing all the time in my car. One time someone thought I was mad at them and gave me the finger while I was just singing haha.

Anyway, it starts and ends with a really catchy song. Every episode has a thematic about minimalism and Josh and Ryan respond to listeners questions.

I love this podcast because it gives me the strength to declutter my life. Not only with objects but also toxic relationships. It also helped me to be more conscious of my actions and feeling less pressured with social expectations. They always share really good advice about life in general! And at the end of each episode, listeners add more tips related to earlier episodes.

If you want to know more about minimalism you should also check out their books:

They also filmed Minimalism: a Documentary About the Important Things where they talk with people living a minimalist lifestyle and how it changed them. You can watch it on Amazon Video here*.

Theme: Minimalism
Length: 1 hour

Head over to their website here to start listening to The Minimalists Podcast!

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before.

In this podcast, she talks with her sister Elizabeth Craft about tips and tricks to get a happy life.

Every episode starts with a “try this at home” tip, followed by a personal development insight, then a listener question and it ends with their weekly gold star and demerit.

In Happier with Gretchen Rubin, you will find easy feasible tricks to add in your life.

Theme: Personal Growth
Episode Length: 20 minutes

Head over here to start listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

The Mindful Kind

In The Mindful Kind, Rachael Kable shows how to implement mindfulness in your everyday life with subjects like confidence, productivity, stress, and more.

What I like about this podcast is how she shares personal experience and actionable items!

Her voice is also soothing with a cute Australian accent, so I feel more relaxed when I listen to the podcast.

Theme: Mindfulness
Length: 10 minutes

So if you want to learn how to be more mindful of your everyday life, click here.

Tiny Leaps Big Changes

Are you looking for quick and easy steps to make your life better? Tiny Leaps Big Changes is for you.

In Tiny Leaps Big Changes, Gregg talks about a variety of topics like stress, career, money, mindfulness, lifestyle, and more.

What I really like about this podcast is that Gregg refers to scientific studies to explain how things work and what we need to do to become who we want to be.

Theme: Personal Growth
Length: 10 minutes

Click here to start listening to Tiny Leaps Big Changes.

Optimal Living Daily

Optimal Living Daily is a podcast published every day by Justin Malik.

In this Optimal Living Daily, he reads popular blog articles that will help you optimize your life! From minimalism and meditation to productivity and money.

I love this Optimal Living Daily because it allows me to discover amazing bloggers like The Minimalists and it’s a way to easily access the best personal development content in one place. Plus, don’t tell anybody but I have a huge queue of articles to read on Pocket so listening to them would make it easier …

Theme: Personal Growth
Length: 10 minutes

So start your day on a positive note by listing to Optimal Living Daily here.

10% Happier

10% Happier is hosted by ABC News anchor Dan Harris* who also became a New York Times Bestseller author with his book 10% Happier.

In this podcast, Dan Harris interviews people about how they practice meditation in their life. His first guest no other than the Dalai Lama! It’s full of useful information and will inspire you to start meditating more.

Theme: Mindfulness
Episode Length: 50 minutes
Website: ABC Radio

Click here and start listening to Dan Harris and his guests.

The Mindful Memo

The Mindful Memo is a brand new podcast. So new that there are only 4 episodes by the time I am writing this article.

I’m going to be honest and let you know that I haven’t listened to it yet but I can’t wait to start!

Jordanna talks about interesting subjects like minimalism and personal development. Plus, I already follow her blog. She posts so many good tips and life advice that I often share them on my Pinterest boards.

Theme: Personal Growth + Minimalism
Episode Length: 10 minutes

Find out more about The Mindful Memo by clicking here!

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Best personal development podcasts for 2017. This list includes podcasts about mindfulness, personal growth, minimalism, happiness and more!

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Over To You

What podcasts do you recommend? Share them with us in the comments below!


Julie was diagnosed with anxiety and depression during the summer of 2016 and have since been fighting mental health stigmas by bringing awareness on the subject and sharing tips to help people become happier. Read Julie’s inspiring story, “My Journey Into Acknowledging The Depression.” Feel free to send a message to Julie here.

  • Jordanna Rowan

    December 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Wooo! Thanks for including me. :)

    I sing along to Every Little Thing whenever it comes on, too.

  • Marika Moffitt

    December 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm Reply

    I love this Julie! You know I’m a Podcast addict as well, so I’m excited to add these to my queue! Lately I have been listening to This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt and She Built That with Tarah Ferguson. I definitely recommend both.

  • Rachael Kable

    December 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for including my podcast, lovely! What a great list- some I haven’t even heard of, so I’m really looking forward to exploring these:) xx

  • Brittany_WMSB

    December 19, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

    I haven’t heard of any of these podcasts, and I love podcasts! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ll definitely be subscribing to at least a couple.

  • Hayley Richardson

    December 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Great list Julie! There’s quite a few on here I haven’t heard of and would love to check out! Hayley x

  • Bianca

    December 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm Reply

    I love the One Part Podcast with Chantal Bacon all about using criticism to drive you to your most highest self!

  • JoAnne Mbonigaba

    December 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Great share. I was only aware of the minimalist one so I will have to check out all the others

  • Laura Brassie

    December 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Great list! I love podcasts so I’ll be checking all of these out :)

  • edira

    December 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply

    I love podcasts! Definitely adding The Minimalist Podcast to my reading list. Thanks for the great pick!

  • Jess Henricks

    January 10, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply

    Looking forward to checking these out! I’d also add the Inspirational Living podcast. They are 20 minutes long (great for right after I get the kiddos out the door in the morning) and feature quiet piano and the narrator’s soothing voice. Each episode is an updated/edited essay that are sometimes as old as 100plus years. They’re full of timeless wisdom and I always leave feeling mindful and encouraged.

  • Tiffanie Battram

    February 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing this awesome list!! The Mindful Memo sounds awesome, definitely going to check that out! I have been listening to a relatively new series as well called “A Conversation Among Friends” by I have gained so much from the series thus far, I believe there are 9 episodes out right now, and they’re all about living your truth and empowering your authentic voice both on a personal and entrepreneurial level. I am so happy I found this series, it came at a time in my life when I have so many questions and I don’t know how to answer them, this series has helped let go in a way, and speak from a place that is authentic to me. I would definitely recommend checking it out!! My favorite Episodes are #2 and #5. Thanks again for sharing this great list!!

  • healthbysuzi

    February 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I have yet to find a podcast that catches my interest (after barely any searching, to be fair) but I’ve lately been wanting to get into the podcast world. Literally every single one on your list sounds amazing and I’m feeling so energized about starting this journey now!!! THANK YOU <3

  • Joshua Shepherd

    March 12, 2017 at 1:23 am Reply

    “On Being” is by far my favorite podcast for diving deep into courageous thoughtful conversations on living, philosophy, and spirituality in everyday life.

  • Sandy Mangis

    March 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply

    I love this list, sense I started my podcast, I wasn’t into them so much, but they are so much fun to interact with others and share. These are wonderful to listen to. Come over and listen, I would love your review. Jarofsuccess

  • Jonnie (@JonniePoppy)

    April 6, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply

    Fantastic recommendations! I’m a fellow podcast junkie myself and I adore that you’re spreading the word! Thank you ☺

  • naf

    April 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

    you should check out Megan Livingston youtube channel. She’s one of the best natural and minimalist youtuber.

  • Cynthia

    June 13, 2017 at 5:34 am Reply

    I stumbled on a podcast called Investing From The Beach…two guys sharing what it took to reach time freedom. Its fascinating listening to them as they share what they discovered. I

    • Julie

      July 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing Cynthia! I love to learn more about financial freedom so I added it to my list :)

  • Alexis

    August 10, 2017 at 4:03 am Reply

    I have to add ‘the adult chair…’ michelle chalfant really gives a great and simple model that addresses the different stages in us ( the child, the adolescent and the adult) and offers great tools for healing any skewed thoughts that may exist as a result of things we were told or experienced as a child ( big or small)…. it’s not your basic inner child stuff…. it’s based on how our brains develop through the early years and it is a game changer! Highly recommended!!!!

  • Julia

    August 28, 2017 at 1:33 am Reply

    I’ve opened a lot of these in new tabs but these all sound awesome and I’m all for using podcasts to improve myself. I can’t get enough of podcasts lately!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Dani

    October 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Great content. I’m always looking for fresh inspiring voices to listen to. Excited to start listening on the way to work.

  • Dani

    October 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Great content. I’m always looking for fresh inspiring voices to listen to. Excited to start listening on the way to work.

  • Seppy

    October 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

    How exciting! I added two new podcasts to my subscription list.

    I’ve been listening to podcasts on my morning and afternoon commute and I’m obsessed!! I LOVE IT!

  • Diane @ Life of Di.

    November 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

    You should check out The Minimalist Moms podcast, too :)

  • Pris M.

    November 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply

    I’m a big, big fan of Sean Croxton’s Quote of the Day podcast. Can’t wait to check out some of the ones you’ve listed!!

  • Winfried Schulz

    December 12, 2017 at 7:08 am Reply

    Im currently listening to Pod Save America. I’v also really enjoyed the podcasts I saw on here,, especially the Fashion Hags

  • Talin

    March 20, 2018 at 10:19 am Reply

    I would love to read your blog, but with the floating social media share bar on the right side of the screen, I can’t read anything and it is frustrating. I was quite interested in what was said here.

  • Nicole

    December 4, 2018 at 1:42 am Reply

    Thanks for this list Julie. I’m a podcast listener too. I’m going to check some out!!
    I love to listen to the Just Keep Blogging podcast and the Blogger Genius podcast for business.
    On a personal note I like the podcasts Take Care of Yourself and Mother’s Quest.

  • Kalee Brown

    May 15, 2019 at 10:27 am Reply

    Loved this list!! Loving Happier by Gretchen Rubin right now. Only podcasts I’d add are Good Life Project by Jonathan Fields (great interviews on love and life with folks like Tim Ferriss, Rebecca Minkoff, Andy Grammer, and Brene Brown) as well as 3 Books by Neil Pasricha (great interviews on books and life with people like Seth Godin, Mitch Albom, Judy Blume, and even Gretchen Rubin!).

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