7 of our favorite podcast episodes for this holiday season

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As the holidays approach, we could all use a little perspective. We scoured our podcast playlists to come up with this well-rounded collection of episodes that can help you unlock your potential and make the holidays a little better for you and yours.

From budgeting for happiness to managing stress (and your finances) during a pandemic, here are topics from some of the best minds in the business.

“How to Buy Happiness”

Frugal Friends Podcast

After paying off $78,000 in debt, millennial and personal finance writer Jen Smith teamed up with her friend, Jill Sirianni — a social worker, minimalist, and debt freedom advocate — to launch the Frugal Friends Podcast, which was nominated as the Best New Personal Finance Podcast in 2019. This episode explores what the hosts call “happy money principles” and ways to align your money with your values to achieve “greater intentionality with your spending.”

Runtime: 55 minutes.


“Brené on Anxiety, Calm + Over/Under-Functioning

Unlocking Us With Brené Brown

Renowned researcher and five-time New York Times best-selling author Brené Brown explores issues of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy in this podcast series. With this episode, Brené dives into anxiety, why it’s contagious, and how to cultivate a calm practice. It’s a topic that couldn’t be more important as we continue to weather the events of 2020.

Runtime: 30 minutes.


“Meredith Moore: Managing Your Money During Cronavirus”

WSJ Secrets of Wealthy Women

This podcast from The Wall Street Journal aims to empower listeners with stories and perspectives from some of the most successful women in the world, spanning executives, pioneers, entrepreneurs, and trendsetters. In this episode, a financial planner who founded her own financial services company talks to host Veronica Dagher about how to manage your finances during this difficult time. She offers ideas for taking control of your finances during a downturn, where to draw from for support, and which plans you should consider putting on hold.

Runtime: 22 minutes.


“The Journey to F.I. with Julien & Kiersten from rich & REGULAR

Popcorn Finance

Featured by Forbes as one of the “5 Best Personal Finance Podcasts You Haven’t Heard of Yet,” host Chris Browning delves into investing, tiny living, and debt-free stories, all in bite-size 15-minute episodes. In this episode, married couple Julien and Kiersten from the rich & REGULAR podcast tell their story of pursuing a work-life balance that eventually led them to the dream of financial independence, which is now less than two years away.

Runtime: 15 minutes.


“Ethical Investing with Megan Schleck

HerMoney Podcast

HerMoney CEO Jean Chatzky became a finance celebrity after joining NBC’s TODAY show as financial editor. Her clout in the finance world means she pulls some of the biggest guests in the game that provide facts, figures, and stories of their unique and applicable experiences. For this episode, Jean calls on Megan Schleck, co-founder and CEO of COIN, a conscious investing platform that enables clients to invest in companies making a positive societal impact.

Runtime: 39 minutes.


“Making Your Donations Count with Chloe Cockburn

Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn

One of the most popular money podcasts is hosted by a tattooed comedian who famously struggles with money. Using what Vanity Fair calls a personal yet pragmatic approach, Gaby Dunn tackles personal finance in simple and relatable ways. In this episode, Gaby talks with Chloe Cockburn, Open Philanthropy’s program officer for criminal justice reform, about where to donate and how to know if it’s having an impact.

Runtime: 49 minutes.



Check out the DIY Happiness podcast from Truist for helpful tips this holiday season.

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