The Best Feel-Good Podcasts To Lift Your Mood

By Daniella Saunders

1 year ago

Uplifting shows guaranteed to make you smile

It’s true: laughter is the best medicine. And when you’re feeling a little down, a good laugh can go a long way. From That Peter Crouch Podcast to My Dad Wrote a Porno, these feel-good podcasts are guaranteed to make you smile.

The Best Feel-Good Podcasts To Lift Your Mood

The Travel Diaries

Holly Rubenstein’s travel podcast is guaranteed to draw a smile out of you, as she chats to different high profile travellers about the seven ‘chapters’ of their life’s travel diaries. Think seminal experiences, early memories, hidden gems and bucket list experiences from the likes of Stanley Tucci, Sir Michael Palin and Rick Stein. With the latest season kicking off in March 2023, expect to hear more from James Martin, Nick Knowles and Angela Hartnett.

My Dad Wrote A Porno

This award-winning podcast needs no introduction. Hosts James Cooper, Alice Levine and Jamie Morton take listeners through Rocky Flintstone’s (Jamie’s dad’s) amateur erotic – and simultaneously comical – novels alongside hilarious commentary and the odd guest appearance from the likes of Emma Thompson and George Ezra. We guarantee your stomach will ache from laughing too much.


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That Peter Crouch Podcast

You don’t have to be a football fanatic to enjoy this feel-good podcast. That Peter Crouch Podcast racked up an impressive 12 million downloads across 2019 according to Radio Today, and it’s easy to see why. Despite being a football-dedicated show, Crouch’s hilarious anecdotes combined with comedic commentary from journalist Tom Fordyce and radio presenter Chris Stark grants universal appeal. Expect insider insight into life as a professional footballer, and more importantly, a whole lot of laughs.

The Guilty Feminist

‘I’m a feminist but… one time I went on a women’s rights march, and I popped into a department store to use the loo, and I got distracted trying out face cream. And when I came out the march was gone.’

Join comedian Deborah Frances-White as she explores the complex (and often hypocritical) world of feminism – from sexuality to not having kids – live on stage with an array of special guests including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Scarlett Curtis.

Sh**ged Married Annoyed 

For a relatable podcast with guaranteed laughs, Sh**ged Married Annoyed is your go-to. Together comedian Chris Ramsay and his wife, author and presenter Rosie discuss the trials and tribulations of everyday life, from the joys of parenting to the complexities of relationships, always with a dose of laughter and positivity. Even their jingle – which they claim they couldn’t settle on – is hilarious. Experience it for yourself at

Table Manners

She might be an award-winning singer-songwriter but Jessie Ware has become quite the podcaster. Ever since launching Table Manners with her fabulous mum and co-host Lennie, the podcast has grown from strength to strength resulting in a line-up of live shows and even their very own cookbook. Combining an impressive array of special guests (David Schwimmer, Mark Ronson and Ed Sheeran to name a few), a very special mother-daughter relationship, and plenty of good food and wine (including Lennie’s famous Chicken Soup & Matzo Balls), Table Manners is a guaranteed weekly feel-good treat for the ears (and the stomach).

Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything

‘Katherine Ryan can’t help telling everybody everything’. The UK-based Canadian comedian has been popping up on our TV screens, featuring in the likes of 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC’s Live at The Apollo, and even her own Netflix show Katherine Ryan: In Trouble. Now, she’s taking over the podcast world. Expect funny anecdotes, some real-life talk, and plenty of sass from the Queen of comedy.


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How To Fail

If there’s a podcast guaranteed to make you feel good, it’s Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail, the podcast which ‘celebrates the things that haven’t gone right’. A wholly uplifting and heartening listen, Day speaks with the likes of Tom Kerridge, Fearne Cotton and Lily Allen to discuss what each guest has learned from their past failures.


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