From Horror to Happiness: My 8 Favourite Podcasts

I’ve recently taken a break from social media, so instead of mindlessly scrolling through feeds, I’ve decided to spend more time reading and listening to insightful, interesting podcasts.

I’m a huge fan of podcasts because I don’t need to stare at a device, but it’s a great way for me to keep my mind focussed on something.


You can find a podcast about pretty much anything so it’s a great way to learn about new ideas, explore different subjects, hear a variety of opinions or just spend time on a topic you already enjoy.

If you’re new to podcasts, hopefully this post will give you some great ideas of where to start. If you’re already an avid listener, why not give one of these a try!

The High Low

Presented by the funny, articulate and insightful Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, The High Low is a weekly pop-culture and news podcast that covers everything from serious news to ridiculous memes.

The show has become massively popular and it’s easy to see why. The hosts cover well… anything really. If it’s in the news or on social media, it’s not out of bounds for THL.

Dolly and Pandora give amazing recommendations for books and other podcasts, and they’re not afraid to delve into sensitive subjects. They’ve created a great platform to raise awareness of a diverse range of writers and creators, and highlight important issues so I highly recommend putting this podcast on your list!

Real Crime Profile

A great podcast for true crime fans who want an in-depth, factual analysis of a case or story. The hosts discuss the evidence, behaviour and development of a variety of different real-life cases, from well- to little-known. They often take an interesting spin on the true crime genre by comparing the facts of cases with the dramatization of them in popular TV shows to see how they hold up with reality.

The team behind RCP is former FBI profiler, Jim Clemente, Lisa Zambetti, casting director for Criminal Minds, and Laura Richards, who is formerly of New Scotland Yard. I love Laura’s dedication and passion, Jim’s knowledge (and voice!), and Lisa’s questioning which helps people outside of the industry better understand the evidence.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Happier does what it says on the tin!

I love listening to the podcast for a little boost during the day. It’s an up-beat and practical look at the manageable things we can do to help make our lives a bit easier, brighter and better.

With happiness hacks and useful advice, Happier is one to add to you list if you enjoy self-help topics or if, like me, you’re a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s work.

How to Fail: With Elizabeth Day

Listening to Elizabeth Day is like a warm hug from a friend. She has such a genuine, comforting approach which certainly helps when discussing a topic like failure.

Failure can seem like a daunting, overwhelming topic that we’d rather push aside but this podcast seeks to celebrate the things that have gone wrong in our lives so that we can learn, and grow, from them.

Each week, Elizabeth speaks to a new interviewee about the things that haven’t quite gone right for them and how this has helped them to understand how they can succeed better.

There’s so much knowledge and experience that can be taken from this show so it’s a great one to subscribe to if you’re interested in learning more about what it is to be human.

Deliciously Ella

As a fan of Ella’s work, I was interested to see what her podcast would be like. Far from just being about food and nutrition, the Deliciously Ella podcast explores everything surround health and wellbeing.

With topics including gut health, mental health, sustainability and how our brains work, this podcast is a firm favourite on my list for learning about all of the different elements that play into our individual and collective feelings of wellness.

Each week it’s a great prompt to help you think about positive changes you can make to become happier and healthier in your day to day life, as well as thinking about the bigger impact of your actions on both yourself and the planet.

Crime Junkie

After listening to numerous different types of true crime podcasts, I think I found my favourite! (At least for now, anyway).

Crime Junkie covers a wide variety of different cases but in a factual and sensitive way. The main host, Ashley, has the perfect story-telling voice which makes each case an atmospheric experience – and I love it!

If true crime is your thing, definitely give this a listen.


If you’re looking for a friendly, funny and honest approach to self-help that feels like you’re chatting with friends, then Self Helpless is the podcast for you.

I love listening to this for an in-depth look at different topics related to work, love, life and everything that plays into wellbeing and self-improvement.

The (great!) hosts, Delanie Fischer, Taylor Tomlinson and Kelsey Cook, often discuss popular topics, shows and books in the self-help field and bring their frank opinions to the table, which helps to make this podcast real and relatable.

The Black Tapes

After bombarding myself with lots of ‘real life’ podcasts about self-help and true crime, I decided to delve into the world of story-telling podcsts. After 1 episode of The Black Tapes I was hooked.

The fictional podcast is a serialised docudrama following Journalist, Alex Reagan, as she tries to find the truth behind the mysterious black tapes belonging to Dr Strand. Do these tapes show real recordings of supernatural activity?

This is a great podcast if you’re into horror, thriller or supernatural stories – and atmospheric story-telling and music!

Will you be listening to any of these?

Let me know if you decide to give any a go, or share your recommendations for other podcasts you think I might enjoy! I’m always on the lookout for new ones to subscribe to so I’d love to hear about your favourites.


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