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Happy Place

Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.

Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.

 

#123

Caitlin Moran

Over the last ten years, author, journalist, and broadcaster Caitlin Moran has learnt that we have to allow feminism to evolve as both society and our own priorities change. In this chat with Fearne, Caitlin explores the benefits of social media in amplifying women’s voices, why it’s so important for women to stop picking apart their own bodies, and how best to prepare children for the adult world they’ll soon find themselves in. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank chat about eating disorders and sexual assault. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at <a href= "http://stripeandstare.com/">stripeandstare.com</a> for a 20% discount. ... Read more

19 Jul 2021

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:31

19 Jul 2021


#122

Charly Cox

Nostalgia – keeping souvenirs of poignant moments – plays a big part in allowing poet and bestselling author Charly Cox to fill her life with meaning. Choosing to be sentimental can help us take stock and celebrate where challenges have been overcome. In this chat with Fearne, Charly explains what it means to live with Bipolar II, including both manic highs and depressive lows, and how writing helps her make sense of her thoughts. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at <a href= "http://stripeandstare.com/">stripeandstare.com</a> for a 20% discount. ... Read more

12 Jul 2021

57 MINS

57:22

12 Jul 2021


#121

Anne-Marie

You might not expect a global pop star to want to embrace being average, but Anne-Marie feels that might be one of the keys to happiness. She’s been seeking therapy from both writing music and seeing a psychiatrist, and in this chat with Fearne shares what she’s learnt about how being bullied at school affected her, and how to boost self-worth as an adult. Anne-Marie’s second studio album, Therapy, is out on 23rd July, and her first book, You Deserve Better, is available from 30th September. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at <a href= "http://stripandstare.com/">stripeandstare.com</a> for a 20% discount. ... Read more

05 Jul 2021

50 MINS

50:45

05 Jul 2021


#120

James Arthur

Practicing being present has been huge in helping James Arthur manage his anxiety and panic attacks. He’s sold 30 million records worldwide, but with incredible success and adoration comes scrutiny and judgement. In this chat with Fearne, James shares how he handles outside opinion, and what he’s been learning about how trauma during his formative years still affects him now. Vote for Happy Place as your Listeners’ Choice at the British Podcast Awards: <a href= "https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote?utm_source=emailoctopus&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Listeners%27%20Choice%20Sell"> https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote?utm_source=emailoctopus&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Listeners%27%20Choice%20Sell</a> Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at <a href= "http://stripandstare.com/">stripeandstare.com</a> for a 20% discount. ... Read more

28 Jun 2021

59 MINS

59:10

28 Jun 2021


#119

Ella Mills

Wellness doesn’t have to mean crystals and spirulina. Ella Mills, who’s been synonymous with wellness as the founder of deliciously ella for almost a decade, feels that it needs to be rebranded to encompass super simple principles like sleeping well and breathing calmly. In this chat, Fearne and Ella share stories of the people in their lives who keep them rational and grounded, as well as talking about why it’s probably healthy to accept that women can’t have it all. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount. ... Read more

21 Jun 2021

58 MINS

58:48

21 Jun 2021


#118

Meik Wiking

Some elements of happiness are circumstantial – where we’re born, and our biology – but there are many elements that we personally have control over. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, based in Denmark, and he feels we’d all be happier if we focused more on the smaller choices we can control. That, he explains, is where the Danish art of hygge comes in. In this chat with Fearne, Meik explores why policy makers would do well to consider the happiness of their country as an important element of national health – happy citizens are more likely to earn more, less likely need the health service, and more likely to perform random acts of kindness. Meik’s books, The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Lykke, and The Art of Making Memories are all out now. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount.   ... Read more

14 Jun 2021

49 MINS

49:55

14 Jun 2021


#117

Jedidiah Jenkins

Radical vulnerability is something New York Times bestselling author Jedidiah Jenkins does his best to practice with those around him. As he entered his 30s, he travelled from Oregon to Patagonia by bicycle, and the journey turned out to be just as much emotional as it was physical. One of the things he learnt is that vulnerability breeds vulnerability, that once you share your truth, others will feel safe to share their true selves with you too, and that can only be a good thing.  In this chat, Fearne and Jedidiah explore their own experiences of using disembodying as a coping mechanism during difficult or painful moments in life, as well as what they each believe the soul really is. Both of Jedidiah’s life-changing books, To Shake The Sleeping Self and Like Streams To The Ocean, are available now. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount. ... Read more

07 Jun 2021

50 MINS

50:08

07 Jun 2021


#116

Mike Kerr

Mike Kerr is the lead singer and bassist of Royal Blood. As the band’s success grew, alcohol became an integral part of his life, but he’s now been sober for two years, and is thriving both personally and as a musician. In this chat with Fearne, Mike explores the new ways he’s found to release the energy and adrenaline that come with being a live performer, including running, kite-surfing, and cold-water swimming. Plus, Fearne explains why she thinks this game-changing moment in Mike’s life might be something to do with his Saturn Return… Royal Blood’s latest album, Typhoons, is out now. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount.   ... Read more

31 May 2021

50 MINS

50:20

31 May 2021


#115

Rag 'N' Bone Man

Becoming a father has opened Rag ‘N’ Bone Man - real name Rory - up to being more honest about his emotions both with his family and in his music. In this chat, he and Fearne bond over their shared love of tattoos and inability to sleep well, and talk through how they’ve learnt to say ‘no’ to projects and events they’re just not enthusiastic about. Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s album, Life By Misadventure, is out now. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount. ... Read more

24 May 2021

45 MINS

45:21

24 May 2021


#114

Dr Olivia Remes

Panic, indecisiveness, procrastination – all common, every day moods that can frustrate, and even paralyse, our ability to move forward. Dr Olivia Remes, a mental health researcher at the University of Cambridge, wants to help you overcome these moods so that you can really thrive. In this chat with Fearne, she explains how characteristics like confidence and charisma can be learned, how to make new healthy habits stick, and how real personal growth can come from the most painful of situations. Olivia’s book, The Instant Mood Fix, is published by Happy Place books. It’s perfect for dipping in and out of during those moments when you need it most, and is available to buy now at <a href= "https://shared.outlook.inky.com/link?domain=protect-eu.mimecast.com&t=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJFUzI1NiJ9.eJxNUG1vgjAQ_i_9rDDUJRuJmZvEzUUwiyhiSEyht4K2lLSlKsv--8qSJft2l3ve7vlCGjCvCPLRjbdUirZBA1TVGmSNGfI_MVMwQGDvuBat6s5YYw0zynHFnEJwi-7J__dWWiIqtW6Un7mZ20ihodBDaB1ecSiw0j0yc1XmxgeTz7uGRtXr7mq6Ym-Gk_kTEVaunuZCnFUpGkdImrlWeb1Fft0yNkC6lID1kYEBa-bZyH0KSDzvMH43ZP9s8mRxR-b3lzQh7OONaZKQWz7eXVY8Mvnm8RwGZRUGpDzwBY_ifi7G0emFh_FyFAZ0EnXUi4LtJN08XKPT8rKO6SiMw251Sqf9kwrkEfqvj5gQCUpZf461dhpMYfZX5m8l3z-WA3uV.MEQCIH84g1SMfUUK-VlhQZ54jlT3PwuR_e7_qx749D8qmAH-AiAgSAmgLclA7O2KxOcnXH986aU-tKTchDV2OZARjZHN0A">bookshop.org</a>. Thanks to Stripe and Stare for sponsoring this series of Happy Place. Use the code HP20 when you make your purchase at stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount. ... Read more

17 May 2021

54 MINS

54:21

17 May 2021


#113

Dr Alex George

Recently appointed by the Prime Minister as Youth Mental Health Ambassador to the government, Dr Alex George is on a mission to make mental health education compulsory in schools. In this chat with Fearne, the A&E doctor explains why his goal is to ensure mental health sits alongside the likes of maths and English on the curriculum, and what we can all be doing to look after both our mental and physical health every day. Alex’s book, Live Well Every Day, is available to buy from May 13th. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. Content warning: this episode includes conversations about suicide, so please do take care while listening. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries <a href= "http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html">can be found here</a>. ... Read more

10 May 2021

53 MINS

53:06

10 May 2021


#112

Ian Wright

Former footballer Ian Wright is adored and revered by millions of people, but as a result of his traumatic childhood he hasn’t always recognised or trusted his success. The victim of domestic abuse as a child, Ian has spent the past few years bravely delving into his past experiences, both personally, and for a BBC documentary that he hopes will help others feel supported. In this chat with Fearne Ian is incredibly introspective about what he’s learnt about feeling anger and accepting love over his lifetime. Ian Wright: Home Truths airs on the BBC on May 6th at 9pm, and will also be available on BBC iPlayer for you to watch in your own time. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting <a href= "http://wedoact.com/happy">wedoact.com/happy.</a>   Content warning: this episode includes conversations about domestic abuse. In the UK, the National Centre for Domestic Violence can be reached <a href= "http://www.ncdv.org.uk/">www.ncdv.org.uk</a> or 0800 9702070 The Hampton Trust can be found <a href= "https://hamptontrust.org.uk">https://hamptontrust.org.uk</a> Safe Lives can be found <a href= "https://safelives.org.uk/node/7">https://safelives.org.uk/node/7</a> ... Read more

03 May 2021

51 MINS

51:47

03 May 2021


#111

Billie Piper

We’re beginning to understand that ‘having it all’ is an unrealistic and stressful goal to work towards. Instead, perhaps we need to be thinking about where to prioritise our energy. Family? Social life? Work? There’s no right or wrong answer, but we do have to be honest with ourselves about how much we can cope with.  In this chat with Fearne, Billie Piper explains why she’s so passionate about portraying characters who are just as complex on screen as we are in real life. She’s not willing to hide away from tricky emotions, in fact her latest TV work has seen her really lean into pain, with the ultimate goal of making us all feel less alone. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. ... Read more

26 Apr 2021

45 MINS

45:03

26 Apr 2021


#110

David Katz

We’re surrounded by 2 billion tonnes of plastic – 8 million of which flow into our oceans every year. Those are some pretty upsetting numbers, but by the end of this episode you’ll understand that you’re not helpless; you personally have a huge amount of power to reverse the problem. David Katz is the compassionate founder behind a clever enterprise that turns plastic into wealth. Plastic Bank works with communities under the poverty line to simultaneously empower individuals, and reduce ocean plastic. David explains to Fearne exactly how you can make a real difference in reducing ocean plastic by voting with your wallet. For example, the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, professional natural hair care brand weDo/, have teamed up with Plastic Bank, so for every one weDo/ product you buy, an incredible eight items of plastic waste are removed from our environment and our oceans.  WeDo/ buyers have helped collect over three million plastic bottles since launch, and this Earth Day they’re inviting you to join WeDo/ and Plastic Bank to achieve their next partnership goal of removing 5 million items of plastic waste. So by simply switching to natural haircare brand WeDo/, together we can make a big positive impact for our planet! For more information about Plastic Bank’s game changing work, head to <a href= "https://shared.outlook.inky.com/link?domain=protect-eu.mimecast.com&t=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJFUzI1NiJ9.eJxNkNtugkAQht9lry0IthclMVXroQeBkFgohsRs2QFWF5bsQSKm796laRMvJ_MfvpkrUoBrSpCHLrUuBdctGiHaKBANZsgrMJMwQmD2wGjDhfUleNfMOmAMWzmvjXow385aGCOqlGqll9mZ3QquIFd3oK2a1pBjqQZlZsvM5g9l8MzSJC6crmXvL5tiFRdPhNeYNlMTRKCARoJlMnjRcgP2VxJ-IK_RjI2QqgRgdWBwBtPrGPoBCBLH2U_ezuRzfs7d9SVNSk3cqiWbeH6z06n7qLZuOg4365Pf-12QRPeBG9NgGU32x2ji94tjmrz2_m7P0uOCbvuV6-_Kcbg8ueEy1-Eumg43SxAHMNTsgAkRIKVhkFjgyuoqqmD2_91f_O8foxmAwg.MEYCIQDmeU_Vf-cmqsy8jp65mibWh2-IzhQ0prkTKacQP-F1KQIhALGASfSGC25Y5omDMaj9JoX_nsiL8m3mWj6p_gsQTUbs"> plasticbank.com</a>. A big thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/ Natural Haircare. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting <a href= "https://shared.outlook.inky.com/link?domain=protect-eu.mimecast.com&t=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJFUzI1NiJ9.eJxNkNtugkAQht9lry0o1ouSmKq1mhoOIbEghMRs2VEWF5buQSJN371L0yZeTuY_fDNfSAGuKUEuutX6LLhu0QjRRoFoMEPuCTMJIwRmD4w2XFgfgnfNogPGsFXw2qgH8_2shTGiUqlWurmd263gCgr1ANqqaQ0FlmpQ5rbMbW8_y16aWRLrQ1bF3ibQO_b5THiNaTM3QQRO0EiwTAY_tdyA_ZWE78htNGMjpEoBWB0ZXMH0Tgz9AATJZJJNd1dyWF4LZ3NLk7MmTtmSbby82-nUeVKek47D7ebi934XJNFj4MQ0WEfTrIqmfr-q0uSt9_cZS6sV9fpXx9-fx-H64oTrQof7aD7cLEEcwVCzIyZEgJSGQWKBS6srqYLF_3d_8b9_AI0dgK4.MEUCIQDSbZpKzy-juJc90rpSmEn9W_RSTE7PhXvJ66mBAnOb0gIgH4swk46qqsO1tpaDyu3ousmG-HWw8ikt39jdaBBdXrM"> wedoact.com/happy</a>   ... Read more

19 Apr 2021

43 MINS

43:58

19 Apr 2021


#109

Lawrence Okolie

Fear can paralyse us into inaction, but boxer Lawrence Okolie has learnt to use it to his advantage, to motivate him to keep fighting both physically and mentally. In this chat, he and Fearne talk through how to be disciplined, stop making excuses, and keep yourself accountable when you have an important goal to achieve. Lawrence’s is the first of many exciting new voices in the modern wellness space that Fearne’s new endeavour, Happy Place Books, will be championing. Dare To Change Your Life is the first book to be published by Happy Place Books, and is out now. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. ... Read more

12 Apr 2021

46 MINS

46:23

12 Apr 2021


#108

Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Believing that medicine is more art than science, Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s MO is understanding how lifestyle factors like upbringing, social status, stress levels, sleep, and even phone use might be affecting your physical and mental health. In this chat with Fearne, they talk through lots of practical methods that’ll help you understand and alter the way you feel. For example, the act of journaling won’t change the problem you have, but what it will change is how you interact with the problem – and that could be life changing. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. Content warning: this episode includes conversations about suicide, domestic abuse, anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, and depression, so please do take care while listening. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries <a href= "http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html">can be found here</a>. ... Read more

05 Apr 2021

57 MINS

57:45

05 Apr 2021


#107

Jake Humphrey

Has your life turned out the way you thought it would? Jake Humphrey thinks it’s only with hindsight that he can see that he’s ended up exactly where he’s supposed to be. In this chat, life-long friends Fearne and Jake talk about what role a safe and loving home life plays in allowing us to spread our wings. Plus, they take on grind culture – does a relentless work ethic really lead to greatness? Or are consistency and a work life balance more important?  Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. Content warning: this episode contains conversation about the suicide of a family member, so take care while listening. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries <a href= "http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html">can be found here</a>.   ... Read more

29 Mar 2021

57 MINS

57:50

29 Mar 2021


#106

June Sarpong

Does feeling different to others – or perceiving others as different to you – make you uncomfortable, or do you celebrate uniqueness? June Sarpong reckons we all need to own our differences. In fact, she’s now using her own experience of working in TV to make the industry a kinder and more inclusive place for everyone to thrive in, regardless of their background. In this chat with Fearne, she’s honest about when she, as someone who considers herself an activist, still has had to check her own behaviour and unconscious bias. June’s brilliant book, The Power of Privilege, is out now. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. Content warning: this episode contains frank conversation about grief following the suicide of a loved one, so do take care while listening. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries <a href= "http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html">can be found here</a>. ... Read more

22 Mar 2021

47 MINS

47:10

22 Mar 2021


#105

Gelong Thubten

We're constantly being told happiness will come from material objects, but in this chat with Fearne monk Thubten explains why the outside world is trying to sell us an unrealistic dream. You don't need fixing; Thubten explores how meditation can help shift your focus from outside validation to finding contentment in your inner world. A Monk's Guide To Happiness is out now, and contains lots more detail on those guiding principles. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. ... Read more

15 Mar 2021

55 MINS

55:19

15 Mar 2021


#104

Stacey Solomon

Meditating doesn't have to mean sitting still, in fact for Stacey Solomon calming an anxious mind is about keeping her hands busy with tidying and crafting. In this chat with Fearne, Stacey also talks about body image, and where she finds her now infamous confidence to stand up to media outlets and trolls who are determined to shame her.  Stacey's book, Tap To Tidy, is out now, and has lots of brilliant ideas to help you live by the mantra 'tidy house, tidy mind'. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting wedoact.com/happy. Content warning: this episode contains discussion of intrusive thoughts, catastrophising, panic attacks, and body dysmorphia. ... Read more

08 Mar 2021

45 MINS

45:08

08 Mar 2021


#103

Rhonda Byrne

Do you believe the thoughts in your head without question? Rhonda Byrne explores why you shouldn't believe any of your negative thoughts, because none of them are true. In this chat with Fearne, the iconic author of The Secret explains why embracing your inner child might just be the key to ever-lasting happiness. If you feel ready to remove all negative thoughts from your life, Rhonda's latest book, The Greatest Secret, is out now. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting www.wedoact.com/happy. ... Read more

01 Mar 2021

59 MINS

59:28

01 Mar 2021


#102

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Insecurity isn’t something you’d expect a Miss World winner to feel, but Priyanka Chopra Jonas has learnt that confidence isn’t ever-present. In fact, in this chat she and Fearne explore how confidence and satisfaction with life have to be actively practiced and cultivated.  It’s in her memoir, Unfinished, that Priyanka reflects on the past experiences that built her incredible resilience, and it’s available to buy now <a href= "https://www.unfinishedbypriyanka.com/">www.unfinishedbypriyanka.com</a> Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, WeDo/. Find out more, and get your hands on lots of exclusive offers, by visiting <a href= "http://www.wedoact.com/happy">www.wedoact.com/happy</a>.  ... Read more

22 Feb 2021

49 MINS

49:09

22 Feb 2021


#101

Robbie Williams

He's the man who had everything - and it's taken Robbie Williams years to work out why that didn't make him happy. To finish series eight, Fearne catches up with Robbie to talk about his life in lockdown, wrestling with the impact we have of our kids - and the things he misses (and doesn't miss) about his hometown of Stoke. Content warning: reference to suicide Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, Stripe and Stare - for 20% off your first order, head to <a href= "https://stripeandstare.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl= "https://www.google.com/url?q=https://stripeandstare.com/&source=gmail&ust=1607100471924000&usg=AFQjCNHKi9djLcDVD_rwugZWQ59hU8MF-A"> stripeandstare.com</a> and enter the code HAPPY20 at checkout.   In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries <a href= "http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl= "https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html&source=gmail&ust=1607101766932000&usg=AFQjCNHThDmo7AkDvs8zWEqrz2WUv1lyaA">can be found here</a>. ... Read more

07 Dec 2020

50 MINS

50:52

07 Dec 2020