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The growing popularity of podcasts has given audiences a new form of storytelling to be entertained and inspired by. In celebration of Bell Let’s Talk Day, we’ve chosen five podcasts that can help increase your mental wellness and lead to a healthier, happier and more compassionate life.
Each episode, Strangers host Lea Thau invites people from all walks of life to share true stories that feel like “an empathy shot in your arm.” These stories can be about love, heartbreak and all the other connections we make with those around us. Each episode celebrates the vigour of the human spirit—a pleasant reminder in tough times.
Episodes to listen to: Worth Saving, My Father’s Bones, Kenna Fisher: Renaissance Woman
A podcast about business and start ups may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering podcasts that promote mental wellness, but the stories from entrepreneurs featured in How I Built This often illustrate the power of human perseverance—a valuable lesson to anyone who feels unmotivated or down. Whether it’s stress from school, work or personal relationships, the incredible success stories shared on How I Built This are both enlightening and empowering.
Episodes to listen to: Airbnb: Joe Gebbia, Spanx: Sara Blakely
Risk invites real people to tell true stories they never thought they’d share in front of live audiences. The unfiltered and uncensored nature of the show makes episodes hilarious, heartwarming, tragic, touching and everything in between. Storytellers—many of whom are amateur performers who have never been on stage before—share amazing recollections of hardship and triumph. Listeners will be moved by this podcast. Or at the very least, they’ll be entertained.
Episodes to listen to: Hope, Unbreakable, The Best Of Risk compilations
On Being asks listeners the tough questions found at the center of human existence: “What does it mean to be human and how do we want to live?” Inviting guests like poets, physicists, doctors and artists, award-winning host Krista Tippett delves into the complexities of life—sharing the valuable knowledge that enriches listeners’ lives.
Episodes to listen to: Silence and the Presence of Everything, Search Inside Yourself: Contemplation in Life and Work
We won’t be the first (or the last) to tell you that TED is a major source of inspiration. TED Radio Hour presents brilliant ideas and inventions but, most importantly, offers insight on more positive ways to think and create. The episodes we’ve suggested highlight the importance of kindness, compassion and love.
Episodes to listen to: Simply Happy, Just A Little Nicer, How We Love, The Act of Listening
Don’t forget to show your support by participating in Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual initiative to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness. You can take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day today—send a text message or make a mobile or long distance call using Bell Media products, tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, watch and share the #BellLetsTalk Facebook video, use the Facebook image frame or the Snapchat Bell Let’s Talk filter. Each time you do this, Bell will donate 5¢ to Canadian mental health initiatives.