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Author: Fearne Cotton

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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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Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

2021-11-2252:15

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.
Jo Bowlby

Jo Bowlby

2021-11-1501:00:153

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.
Annie Mac

Annie Mac

2021-11-0855:552

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.
Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby

2021-11-0159:241

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.
Dr Jane Goodall

Dr Jane Goodall

2021-10-2555:15

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.
Bimini Bon Boulash

Bimini Bon Boulash

2021-10-1855:301

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.
Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins

2021-10-1101:17:331

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.
Jesy Nelson

Jesy Nelson

2021-10-0652:372

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.
Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

2021-10-0439:223

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.
Paul Merson

Paul Merson

2021-09-2759:161

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.
Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes

2021-09-2044:454

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.
David Harewood

David Harewood

2021-09-1301:01:092

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.
Joe Sugg

Joe Sugg

2021-09-0657:474

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.
Christian O'Connell

Christian O'Connell

2021-08-3056:251

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.
Ashley Cain

Ashley Cain

2021-08-2701:02:333

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: @theazayliafoundation Twitter: @azayliafdn Facebook: @theazayliafoundation CONTENT 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.
Frankie Bridge

Frankie Bridge

2021-08-2357:471

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.
Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia

2021-08-1648:211

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.
Suranne Jones

Suranne Jones

2021-08-0901:00:112

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.
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.
Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran

2021-07-1901:01:21

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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Natasha Cleveley

Awesome episode. Loved it. x

Oct 11th
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Katie Morris

brilliant 👏 loved this podcast

Oct 11th
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Suzanne Bowie Wright

Fantastic, this woman is a subconscious comedienne! I especially loved her forthright saying how it is....especially her political opinions. So refreshing! Hilarious while speaking her truth. Well done Miriam! Can't wait to read her book!

Sep 23rd
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Simon Sirkin

beautiful conversation thank you Mr. Harewood.

Sep 13th
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Andrew Wilson

As a long time fan of the Happy Place podcast, I feel that Ashley Cain's episode is particularly moving. It is a real ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ edition on so many levels: Such a desperately sad story: Yet so full of hope at the same time.

Sep 2nd
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ilovepodcasts41

His positivity, bravery and inspiration are unparalleled. Absolutely amazing person. I don't think I could ever face what he has and still remain on this earth willingly but he would definitely inspire me to try.

Aug 28th
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Asta Umbrasaite

You two gorgeous people! There was so much in this episode I had to listen twice! Love you and don't forget to love yourself and.. collect memories and special nicknacks.

Jul 12th
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Siân Fuller

Brilliant Listen

Jul 12th
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Siân Fuller

this song ❤❤

Jul 12th
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Steph Woolley

is it just my phone or has all the voices been sped up? its too fast like its being fast fowarded!

Jul 2nd
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Hayley Nicholls

Blimey Fearne this episode is immense. x

Jun 30th
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Ceci

hi anyone knows what was the test that they mentioned?

Jun 8th
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David D'Arcy

my child is 13 and going through the gender situation and I loved listening to how others deal with the same. thanks Kelly

May 18th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Great episode! Thank you!

May 11th
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Samantha Main

wow, thank you Fearne and Ian, that was very special, and i think the best podcast I've ever heard, hes a real genuine gentleman, and your amazing as always, 2 legends, thank you x

May 4th
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Simona Mihalikova

What an amazing episode, I love his honesty! Probably the best episode for me so far!

Apr 29th
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Nicola Minott

what an amazing chat you had with Rhonda Byrne.

Apr 27th
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Phoebe Ward

ok well I'm in love with Jake Humphreys now

Apr 12th
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Donna Hoy

oh my oh my, what an amazing episode. Both June and Fern are just WOW. Thank you for the life-changing work you do, both of you. 🙏🙏❣

Mar 30th
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Darya Gholami

thanks for providing us with such inspirational chats with amazing people whom I deeply admire. I loved the episode with Gelong Thubten. I learned a lot about mindfulness and the way we can integrate it into our daily lives.

Mar 28th
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