The episodes — each of which Boyer calls “a little injection of goodness” — vary; the very first one featured an interview with a New Yorker who asked his neighbor out via drone while social distancing, and subsequent episodes have covered everything from Boyer giving her boyfriend a haircut to a funny chat about three British grandmothers quarantining together.
“I think what we really wanted to do was give people a moment [of happiness],” the TV personality says. “We know people have their habits and their rituals. But we wanted to add something to the beginning of their day.”
Stories are culled from all over, whether it’s her friends or things trending on social media, or submissions to [email protected] from listeners who are proud of loved ones and want to show them off.
“You’re going to get a little taste of everything on this show,” she says.
With the goal of boosting spirits in mind, Boyer says she hopes that listeners will tune in each morning, then bring the episode’s message with them through the day, turning it into a breakfast discussion or a point of conversation during a Zoom work meeting.
“Sometimes the way you start your day really does affect how the rest of your days go. If you’re listening to the news right off the bat, you absorb that stuff like a sponge, it gets into you,” she says. “This is just a nice alternative to that.”
She’s a testament to that attitude, as the host — who recently wrapped the podcast Dying For Sex, about her best friend rediscovering her sexuality after a terminal cancer diagnosis — says she’s already seen a positive effect on her daily life since the show started.
“I’ve seen a change in my mentality that yes, there are horrible things happening in the world, but if that’s what you decide to focus on, that’s what your feelings are going to be about,” she says. “I’ve experienced it first hand, because when I wake up in the morning, I’m immediately working on a positive news story, so I’m incredibly grateful for that.”
And though the timing was serendipitous, it’s worked out well, as for listeners stuck in quarantine, the show “does connect us, it makes people feel seen and people feel heard and people feel appreciated.”
The Daily Smile is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Wondery.com.
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