Happy Place

Fearne Cotton

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

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It’s much more productive – and will ultimately make you happier – to strive for excellence rather than perfection. A research professor at the University of Houston, Brené Brown has spent 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s clear that perfectionism is actually a defence mechanism to shield us from failure and shame. In this chat with Fearne, Brené explains the difference between guilt and shame, as the former can be helpful in some situations, whereas the latter can be debilitating and define entire lifetimes. Plus, they explore why humility and self-compassion are needed for us to admit when we’re wrong. Brene is a prolific writer; her latest book, Atlas of The Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connections and the Language of Human Experience, is out on November 30th.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 29

56 min 15 sec

Although she keeps much of her life private, Leona Lewis has recently felt a real need to speak up. In this chat with Fearne, she talks through why she’s so passionate about issues including racism and animal welfare, as well as explaining where her impressive work ethic comes from. Leona is the UK’s Queen of Christmas; she’s all for embracing the magic the festive period brings because it’s so important for her to spend quality time with family. ‘Christmas, With Love Always’, a special repack of Leona’s 2013 festive album ‘Christmas, With Love’, is out now. Leona is also on a UK tour with Gary Barlow throughout November and December 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 22

48 min 48 sec

We are not living at a natural pace. The modern world forces us to move through life incredibly quickly; Shaman Jo Bowlby helps people slow down and embrace stillness. In this chat with Fearne, Jo explains why we should be pursuing wisdom rather than just intellect, why quieting our analytical mind can help us get back in touch with our human essence, and how to rid ourselves of self-limiting beliefs. A Book For Life: 10 Steps to Spiritual Wisdom, a Clear Mind and Lasting Happiness is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 15

56 min 37 sec

It’s never too late to make a change; Annie Mac has left Radio 1 after 17 years of broadcasting and is ready to embrace parts of her identity she hasn’t had time to explore until now. In this chat with Fearne, Annie talks about feeling that we need to allow people to be more than one thing - that we need to embrace the sunshine and joy, but the darkness and sadness too. Fearne and Annie also think about the notion of having endless space out in front of you and why, although scary, it might be positive to allow time to exist without plans. Annie’s debut novel, Mother Mother, is out now, and her podcast Changes is available to listen to on your favourite podcast app.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 8

52 min 38 sec

You’ve achieved the goals you set yourself for your career and personal life; what’s next? That’s the question Holly Willoughby has found herself asking recently.When you’re used to excellence and achievement, how do you break the loop of constantly living in the future, looking ahead instead of existing in the present and thinking about what will bring joy right now? In this chat with Fearne, Holly explores her experience of detaching from herself in order to feel safe, and how she’s discovered ways to come back to herself.Reflections: Life Lessons on Finding Beauty – Inside and Out untangles topical and emotional issues and explores what it means to live a beautiful life in the modern world. The book is published by Century and out now: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1445093/reflections/9781529135718.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 1

55 min 23 sec

It can at times feel like the cycle of negative news is endless, and living in fear can be debilitating, but ethologist and conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, is able to turn despair into hope. In this chat, she and Fearne talk about why we might want to be in nature to heal when feeling low, and where science and spirituality can interact. The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide For an Endangered Planet is Jane’s new book, and it’s out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 25

52 min 12 sec

A person’s identity is not up for debate; drag queen Bimini Bon Boulash is on a mission to ensure everyone feels safe to express who they are without fear. In this chat, Fearne and Bimini explore how everyone can question and choose to reject societal rules that they don’t personally resonate with, as well as how to better understand and support others as they do the same.A sense of belonging can directly impact mental health, so they also discuss the benefits of social media in finding a community of likeminded people, and what we can learn about unleashing our inner confidence from drag queens.Bimini’s book is called Release the Beast: A Drag Queen’s Guide to Life, and it’s out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 18

53 min 13 sec

How kindly do you talk to yourself? TV host, author, and speaker Mel Robbins spent a lifetime caught in a loop of negative self-talk, but she’s now learnt how to validate herself in the way she champions others.In this chat with Fearne, she explains the importance of daily habits. There’s no silver bullet when it comes to building confidence; you have to be disciplined and put in the daily grind. Mel also explains what panic attacks actually are on a physiological level.Mel’s book, The High 5 Habit, is out now.CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of sexual abuse  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 11

1 hr 13 min

It’s often said that comparison is the thief of joy, and this proved to be true for Jesy Nelson. In this chat, she and Fearne talk through the fear of not being liked, and the freedom that’s come with reinventing herself as a solo artist.Jesy’s first solo single, Boyz, is out on Friday 8th October.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 6

49 min 13 sec

There’s adventure in not knowing what comes next, and having the confidence to throw yourself in anyway. Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl has spent a lifetime doing just that. In this chat with Fearne he explains why he wants to grow old gracefully, but stay young at heart by embracing the spirit of exploration and curiosity.More of Dave’s stories from his energetic life can be found in his new book, The Storyteller, out 5th October.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 4

37 min 16 sec

Gambling addictions are not well understood; former footballer Paul Merson is hoping to change that by sharing his own story. In this chat with Fearne, Paul explains why his having a gambling addiction really isn’t about the money. It’s about escapism, and experiencing extreme highs and lows.He also talks through the role that lying plays in addiction, and the relationships and practical coping mechanisms that now help him tackle one day at a time. It’s taken him many decades, but he now understands that addiction is an illness, and doesn’t make him a bad person.Paul’s book, Hooked: Addiction and the Long Road to Recovery, is out now.CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank chat about suicidal thoughts, as well as gambling, alcohol, and drug addiction, so do take care while listening.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 27

57 min 41 sec

You are the sum of everyone who’s come before you in your family, and it can be useful to learn about your ancestors in order to understand how much of their character is in you. Actress Miriam Margolyes has a passion for genealogy and family trees; in this chat with Fearne, she discusses her own identity, and the parts of it that have made her feel like an outsider at times.We’re often scared to challenge things we don’t agree with, perhaps for fear of being disliked or cancelled, but Miriam explains how and why she’s always spoken her truth, even if it might be controversial.Miriam’s book, This Much Is True, is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 20

43 min 11 sec

Psychosis is very rarely talked about, even within spaces dedicated to mental health. Actor David Harewood had an episode that saw him sectioned at 23 years old, and wonders that psychosis is still seen as the ‘scary’ mental health issue, a perception he’s now working hard to change.We often hear about post-traumatic stress, but in this chat with Fearne, David discusses the concept of post traumatic growth, and what that’s looked like for him. Plus, he explores how this journey of discovery has changed his perception of his father, who also had psychosis. David’s book, Maybe I Don’t Belong Here, is out now.CONTENT WARNING: as David recalls racist abuse, this episode contains offensive and distressing language.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 13

57 min 45 sec

We often write ourselves a story about the type of person we are, and the things we can do with our lives, but YouTuber, actor, and singer Joe Sugg doesn’t like to put limits on what he can achieve. In this chat with Fearne, he explains why he’s given himself opportunities to change as a person and not be limited by what his fans might expect of him. Plus, having grown up online, Joe talks through what he feels needs to be done to make the Internet a kinder place.Joe’s new single, Wild Things, is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 6

56 min 45 sec

The concept of a mid-life crisis has become a funny cliché, and that’s what Christian O’Connell jokingly told people he was having when he left his successful radio career in the UK to start a new life in Australia in 2018. The truth was that he had had what he now recognises as a break down, and needed to find adventure and joy as an adult to reignite the fire in his belly.In this chat, Fearne and Christian share their experiences of having panic attacks, and compare notes on how they both use distraction techniques to avoid confronting difficult realities.Christian’s book, No One Listens To Your Dad’s Show, is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 30

55 min 29 sec

In April 2021, Ashley Cain’s eight month old daughter Azaylia Diamond Cain passed away. At eight weeks old she had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia; Ashley and his partner Safiyya captured the nation’s hearts as they used social media to document their journey, raise awareness for childhood cancer and encourage people to become bone marrow donors both for their daughter and thousands of other children.In this chat with Fearne, Ashley talks for the first time since Azaylia’s death about losing his child, about helping others grieve, and about why he feels he now has a real purpose for the first time in his life.To find out more about the Azaylia Foundation, and to donate, visit www.theazayliafoundation.com IG: @theazayliafoundationTwitter: @azayliafdnFacebook: @theazayliafoundationCONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank chat about the grief of losing a child throughout, so do take care while listening.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 27

1 hr 2 min

Becoming a parent will have its highs and lows for everyone, but Frankie Bridge became a mum knowing she already had existing mental health issues to contend with too. In this chat with Fearne, Frankie discusses how she talks to her children about their own emotions as well as hers. Publicly we’re having more frank conversations about post-natal depression, but antenatal depression still isn’t discussed as widely, so Frankie also opens up about her mental health while she was pregnant. Frankie’s book, Grow: Motherhood, Mental Health, and Me, is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 23

56 min 54 sec

Confidence fluctuates and has to be practiced daily. Natalie Imbruglia feels writing her new album has allowed her to regain confidence after finding herself on shaky ground. In this chat with Fearne, she explains why she now chooses to live in the moment and not make plans, and why she thinks there’s strength in allowing yourself to fall apart, because there’s often a breakthrough on the other side. Natalie’s new album, Firebird, is out on September 24th.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 16

47 min 25 sec

Many of us are guilty of refusing to stop, of continuing to distract ourselves while anxieties build beneath the surface. This is something BAFTA-winning actress Suranne Jones tackles in her new TV show I Am Victoria. In this chat with Fearne, Suranne talks about the grief of losing her mum shortly after having a baby, and why she wanted to draw on her own experience of managing her mental health to create character Victoria.I Am Victoria is available to watch now on All4.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 9

59 min 9 sec

Climate change will cause the biggest mass migration in history. Filmmakers and storytellers Jack Harries, Finn Harries, and Alice Aedy have founded creative studio earthrise to document the human stories of those on the climate front lines. They believe in progress, not perfection, and hope the stories they tell will encourage action through inspiring hope for a better future.In this chat with Fearne, the powerful trio talk through what they’ve learnt about managing their own mental health as activists being constantly bombarded with overwhelming and exhausting information.You can keep up to date with earthrise, read their articles, donate to CHOOSE EARTH and watch their documentary content by heading over to www.earthrise.studio.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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 26

50 min 27 sec

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 stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 19

1 hr 1 min

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 stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 12

56 min 5 sec

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 stripeandstare.com for a 20% discount.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 5

49 min 6 sec

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: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote?utm_source=emailoctopus&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Listeners%27%20Choice%20SellThanks 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 28

57 min 27 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 21

56 min 31 sec

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 14

48 min 51 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 7

49 min 11 sec

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 31

48 min 49 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 24

43 min 50 sec

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 bookshop.org.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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 17

52 min 36 sec

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 can be found here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 10

51 min 20 sec

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 wedoact.com/happy. Content warning: this episode includes conversations about domestic abuse.In the UK, the National Centre for Domestic Violence can be reached www.ncdv.org.uk or 0800 9702070The Hampton Trust can be found https://hamptontrust.org.ukSafe Lives can be found https://safelives.org.uk/node/7  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 3

51 min 48 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 26

45 min 5 sec

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 plasticbank.com.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 wedoact.com/happy   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 19

43 min 59 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 12

46 min 24 sec

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 can be found here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 5

57 min 48 sec

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 can be found here.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 29

57 min 52 sec

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 can be found here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 22

47 min 12 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 15

55 min 21 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 8

45 min 9 sec

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 1

59 min 30 sec

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 www.unfinishedbypriyanka.comThanks 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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 22

49 min 11 sec

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 suicideThanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, Stripe and Stare - for 20% off your first order, head to stripeandstare.com 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 can be found here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

50 min 53 sec

The England football manager opens up to Fearne about his life in the public eye - and how he copes in such high pressure roles as player and now as coach.Along the way they discuss star signs, the importance of getting back to nature and the most unusual things people have said to him in the past.His new book, Anything is Possible: Be Brave, Be Kind and Follow Your Dreams is available now.Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, Stripe and Stare - for 20% off your first order, head to stripeandstare.com and enter the code HAPPY20 at checkout.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

50 min 12 sec

What if all the work we're doing on ourselves is part of the problem? Pandora Sykes has been wrestling with our obsession with wellness to see if we're taking it all a bit too seriously - and in this chat with Fearne, they chat about the simple principles we can remember to keep ourselves grounded.How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? by Pandora Sykes is published by HutchinsonThanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, Stripe and Stare - for 20% off your first order, head to stripeandstare.com and enter the code HAPPY20 at checkout.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

47 min 45 sec

Deepak has been at the forefront of all things well being for the best part of four decades - and in this conversation with Fearne, they get to grips with what has been probably the hardest year for most of us.  If you’re interested in Deepak's new initiative on championing positive mental health support, you can find out more at neveralone.love. Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, Stripe and Stare - for 20% off your first order, head to stripeandstare.com and enter the code HAPPY20 at checkout.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

41 min 21 sec

The bestselling author joins fangirl Fearne to discuss superattactors, rewriting your story, tuning out the noise, the resistors in your life... a cornucopia of tools that Gabby has written about to help you make sense of the world.Gabby's new book, You Are The Guru, is available right now as an audiobook.Thanks to the sponsors of this series of Happy Place, Stripe and Stare - for 20% off your first order, head to stripeandstare.com and enter the code HAPPY20 at checkout.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

47 min 17 sec

The year started so strong for the Ivor Novello nominated Amahla - and as her new track Bold shows, she is not letting the current crisis stop that flow. Fearne chats to the singer about the track, which features on, you guessed it, Happy Place - The Album. You can hear the full track now, plus exclusive new work from: Ludovico Einaudi Emeli Sande Sam Fender Rhys Lewis LARRY PINK THE HUMAN  Tommy Ashby Billie Marten Luke Sital Singh Stephan Moccio Lissie Geejay Kye Sones ...all available, right now, wherever you get your music.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

12 min 8 sec

They've been friends since they were kids, but this is the first time Fearne has interviewed Kye Sones - and all because Kye has written My Mind & Me, a brand new song for Happy Place, the album. In this (only slightly awkward) conversation, they talk about the making of the track, love, loss and healing. Discover My Mind & Me, and the whole Happy Place album, right now, whereever you get your music.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

18 min 2 sec

How did Dame Helen Mirren come to appear on Happy Place the album? Fearne is joined by collaborator Adam Martin (from the excellent meditation podcast GABA) to reminisce on the making of their song, with a score by Amelia Warner.Happy Place - The Album is out now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

20 min 43 sec