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Craig David

Craig David

2022-10-0301:05:43

Unrelenting positivity isn’t always healthy. Over a career spanning decades, best-selling artist Craig David has learnt that sometimes it’s best to lean into pain in order to validate how you’re feeling. In this chat with Fearne, Craig explains why his desire to people please was ultimately hurting him, and explores the childhood experiences that led to an addiction to exercise.Craig’s book, published by Happy Place Books, is called What’s Your Vibe: Tuning Into Your Best Life, and it’s out on October 6th.His new album, 22, is out now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sam Ryder

Sam Ryder

2022-09-2601:01:00

Nerves and excitement are very closely related, but following a stratospheric rise to fame thanks to Eurovision, Sam Ryder makes a point to choose to feel the excitement. In this chat with Fearne, he reveals the truth about those glitzy afterparties and why he’d rather be at home playing with Lego... They also talk about how to understand what your purpose is, and why cool is the enemy. Sam’s album, ‘There’s Nothing But Space, Man!’ is out on November 18th, and you can get your tickets for his world tour here: https://www.sam-ryder.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Rylan

Rylan

2022-09-1649:372

How good are you at being alone, both with your thoughts, and physically in public places? Rylan says that last year was the first time he really had to confront his own mental health, but doing so has helped him appreciate the joy in spending time alone.In this chat with Fearne, Rylan talks about how he’s been able to manifest what he wanted his life to look like, and not seek permission from others when it comes to deciding what he can and can’t do. They also share experiences of whether they’ve personally found it more helpful to stop or continue working during difficult times.Rylan’s new book, TEN: The Decade That Changed My Future, is published by Seven Dials on the 29th September in Hardback, Audio and Ebook.You can join Rylan in his first exclusive event to celebrate the launch of TEN on the 21st September at Royal Festival Hall. Buy tickets here https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/literature-poetry/evening-rylan?eventId=907414 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Olivia Harrison

Olivia Harrison

2022-09-1543:08

How do you personally express love? Author, philanthropist, and award winning producer Olivia Harrison has a lifetime of memories with late husband George Harrison, the intricacies of which she felt compelled to write about in poetry.In this chat with Fearne, Olivia recounts stories from her life with George – including how important practices like meditation and gardening were to them – as well as talking about the undulating nature of grief.Olivia’s beautiful book of poetry, Came The Lightening, is out now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Matt Willis

Matt Willis

2022-09-1449:152

Addiction has dictated much of Matt Willis’ life, but the musician and actor has since learnt how to take responsibility for his actions and reactions. In this chat, Fearne and Matt explore the concept of shame, and how it can keep you suffering in silence, as well as why we need to be careful of celebrating addiction of any kind, even if it’s something society fundamentally values like work or exercise. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Dr Rangan Chatterjee

2022-09-1301:00:042

Our body’s stress response is cleverly designed to keep us safe, but the trouble now is that it’s being triggered by every day life – emails, caring commitments, social media, loneliness. Dr Rangan Chatterjee explains what the stress response is, and how using your physically body can often be the best way to calm your mind. In this chat, Fearne and Rangan also talk in great detail about the importance of sleep, and how to trust your own feelings rather than always needing science to back up your lived experience.Rangan is the host of the Feel Better Live More podcast and author of 5 Sunday Times bestselling books including his latest Happy Mind Happy Life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DJ Fat Tony

DJ Fat Tony

2022-09-0753:21

DJ Fat Tony has spent time actively learning what love is after being in abusive relationships and being an addict. Having done trauma therapy, he’s not only begun to understand what healthy relationships with others look like, but also how it feels to love himself, to have self-worth and self-compassion, and not be forced into silence by shame.In this chat, Fearne and Tony talk about the power and freedom that comes with saying out loud that you need help, as well as how much of a challenge it is to unlearn and re-learn behaviours.Tony’s memoir, I Don’t Take Requests, is available now at all major book retailers.CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank chat about child abuse and suicide, so do take care while listening.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tom Walker

Tom Walker

2022-09-0654:461

What happens when busy people stop being busy? Like everyone else, singer songwriter Tom Walker was forced to pause during the pandemic, and he’s clear that it did affect both his songwriting and the pace he lives at day to day.In this chat with Fearne, Tom explains how despite the music industry wanting to measure success by numbers, he’s able to measure his success by his own inner satisfaction. They also talk about the emotional power of epic songs, how even if they weren’t written about whatever we’re personally going through, they can deeply resonate and be genuinely life changing. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Steven Bartlett

Steven Bartlett

2022-09-0551:444

Fail fast. That’s the advice entrepreneur Steven Bartlett has for those who ultimately want to be successful, because the biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s procrastinating. In this chat with Fearne, Steven talks about how he’s seen first hand the damage being paralysed by decision making can do both in business and on a personal level.They also chat about why you’re already enough, that no matter what outward markers of success you achieve your fundamental value won’t change. That, Steven says, should be liberating. It doesn’t mean you can’t be ambitious for your future, but it means you’ll choose to be ambitious about things you care about, not what you think will impress others. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Jordan Stephens

Jordan Stephens

2022-08-0801:17:50

Time, money, and attention turned out to be a difficult combination for Jordan Stephens to cope with at the height of his Rizzle Kicks fame. In this chat with Fearne, Jordan opens up about his social anxiety, body dysmorphia, and the way he used to self-medicate ADHD. They also discuss when anger can be an incredibly useful emotion, and discover they have a shared core fear of getting things wrong.Jordan’s children’s book, The Missing Piece, is out on August 18th. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Melanie Woods

Melanie Woods

2022-08-0133:18

This episode of Happy Place is made in partnership with The National Lottery.We’re in the midst of The Commonwealth Games, and thanks to National Lottery Players over £40million has been raised to support the 2022 Games. To mark the event, The National Lottery have launched a campaign celebrating some of the incredible athletes, including wheelchair racer Melanie Woods.In this chat with Fearne, Melanie talks about how her own journey coming to terms with being disabled has encouraged her to see the excitement in trying new things. Getting started, she says, is often the hardest part, but there are always opportunities to gain new skills and confidence. They also chat about how to deal with pressure, especially when doubts creep in, and why it’s so important to lean in to hard work and persistence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sonia Choquette

Sonia Choquette

2022-07-2557:502

Your spirit is fully equipped to take care of you. Your brain and your body might struggle but spiritual teacher and intuitive guide Sonia Choquette is clear that your sixth sense – your spirit, your intuition – can take care of you no matter what.In this chat with Fearne, Sonia explains how to tune into and trust your intuition, which will in turn open you up to a more fun, loving, and spontaneous life. Fearne and Sonia both share experiences of feeling a physical urge to trust their gut, even though they weren’t entirely sure why, and their guts were giving them a feeling for very good reasons...A new, revised version of Sonia’s book, Trust Your Vibes, is out now, and you can join her Good Vibe Tribe here: https://soniachoquette.net/join-our-tribe/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Samantha Renke

Samantha Renke

2022-07-1858:08

Constantly being subjected to micro-aggressions can feel like death by a thousand paper cuts; Samantha Renke is an actor, broadcaster, writer, and disability rights campaigner who has the confidence to call out ableism.In this chat, Fearne and Samantha explore where her innate sense of self-worth comes from, how we can all learn to become more confident, and how we can’t talk about an individual’s mental health without also talking about politics and systemic issues. They also cover risk-taking, cats, and nipple hair...Samantha’s book, You Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, is published by Happy Place Books, part of Ebury, and is out on July 21st. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mya-Rose Craig

Mya-Rose Craig

2022-07-1155:142

Patience is a bit of a lost art, but it’s something that ‘Birdgirl’ Mya-Rose Craig is well practiced in. Mya-Rose is an ornithologist, an environmentalist, a diversity activist as well as a writer, speaker and broadcaster. Having been a twitcher – someone who travels to specific locations to spot birds – since she was days old, she revels in patiently waiting to see the next beautiful bird on her list.In this chat, Fearne and Mya-Rose talk about the connection between nature and mental health, as well as how activities that get you outside are vital in making and maintaining relationships with loved ones through sharing a lived experience rather than a digital one.Mya-Rose’s book, Birdgirl, is out now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes

2022-07-0456:583

Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes recently announced publicly that she is gay. Although she’s acknowledged this truth privately for a number of decades, it’s only now that she’s felt able to begin living publicly her authentic self. Having served in the British military at a time when homosexuality was banned, Kelly had always feared serious repercussions, which only intensified when she became a celebrated world class athlete.In this chat with Fearne, Kelly talks through the painful – and hopeful – journey that’s brought her to a place where she feels confident to live entirely authentically, as well as delving into the mental, emotional, and physical stress of hiding such a huge part of her identity for so long.Kelly Holmes: Being Me is available to watch back on ITV Hub.CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank chat about self harm, so take care while listening. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Owen O'Kane

Owen O'Kane

2022-06-2701:14:032

If you tend to doubt yourself, do you know why? Psychotherapist, best-selling author, and former NHS lead for Mental Health Owen O’Kane has spent a lifetime unpicking his own past as a gay Irish Catholic child who was bullied and surrounded by bombs and bullets in the hope of understanding where his fear and shame in adulthood came from.In this chat, he and Fearne talk about why therapy isn’t just about talking – that’s just one part – it’s actually about so much more, like who you surround yourself with, how you set boundaries, and the types of choices you make. Owen also explores what he’s learnt about living a full life from working with people who are dying in palliative care.Owen’s new book, How To Be Your Own Therapist, is out now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Emma Barnett

Emma Barnett

2022-06-2001:04:132

Do you have open conversations at work when you’re in pain emotionally or physically? After going through numerous rounds of IVF, as well as having a miscarriage, broadcaster, writer, and author Emma Barnett wants to re-brand pain as weakness into pain as strength, especially at work.In this chat with Fearne, she talks through the worries she had that she might be seen as greedy for wanting a second child through IVF when she’d already had a wonderful son by IVF, and how she’s put this shame to bed. They also explore the often cruel language around infertility, and the difference between sympathy and empathy when it comes to difficulties conceiving.You can sign up to Emma’s new newsletter, ‘Trying’, here: https://emmabarnett.substack.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sara Cox

Sara Cox

2022-06-1301:06:292

Broadcaster and author Sara Cox joins Fearne for a special live episode of Happy Place at The Podcast Show in Islington. A brilliant storyteller, Sara talks about the process of finding her own voice and becoming a confident raconteur both on the radio and in her personal life.In this chat, Fearne and Sara also explore friendships – how our friends heavily influence who we are as individuals, how to sustain friendships over a lifetime, and how to kindly break up with a friend if you notice they’re really just a drain on your energy.Sara’s novel, Thrown, is out now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Denise van Outen

Denise van Outen

2022-06-0658:543

Heartbreak is a universal feeling, but everyone copes with it differently. Presenter, actor and singer Denise Van Outen tends to throw herself into work, keeping busy with exciting professional opportunities, to distract from any pain.In this chat with Fearne, Denise talks about how she’s learnt to accept being alone after heartbreak and acknowledge the stillness without constantly trying to fill the void. Close friends Fearne and Denise also share their experiences of raising blended families, and chat about how much of your heartbreak – or any other pain – you should share with your kids.Denise’s book, ‘A Bit of Me: From Basildon, to Broadway, and Back’, is available to buy now.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bonnie Wright

Bonnie Wright

2022-05-3057:541

We can all feel paralysed by the guilt that we might not be doing enough to combat climate change, but actor, director, and environmental activist Bonnie Wright feels we should celebrate imperfect and in-process actions. A little can go a long way.In this chat with Fearne, Bonnie explains why it might be helpful to stop thinking about how we can make ourselves and our impact on the planet smaller, and instead think about how to make our positive impact even bigger. They also talk about how to find the best place to start making that impact in your own life, by concentrating on an area you’re already interested in like cooking, gardening, cleaning, or technology.Bonnie’s book, Go Gently: Actionable Steps To Nurture You And The Planet, is out now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Comments (186)

Kelly Dunn

I really enjoyed this episode. Sam comes across as a truly nice guy who deserves all of his success through his own hard work. I had the pleasure of seeing him live at a very small gig in Manchester in Gorrilla just before he announced he was doing Eurovision. he was amazing and his voice is beautiful.

Sep 26th
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farrington341@btinternet.com

too many f words. no warnings about language. I am tired of never knowing whether it is okay to listen to podcasts in the kitchen while I'm cooking. it's a shame as I wanted to listen but found the swearing a turn off so I did.

May 23rd
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charlotte monk

I LOVED this chat. What an awesome person Will is. thanks so much for your podcast Fearne, it helps me deal with my own issues no end.

Apr 25th
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ID19586552

I love, love, LOVED the episode with Will Young!! Thank you both for the great advice and giggles.

Apr 12th
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Hoyee

This is so deep and depressing.This describe the feeling of someone near you are dead.For example,wishing go back past. This also the process of getting though the hardest time-the fact of your lives dead,

Mar 26th
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Alexandra Victoria

Beautiful podcast! I could feel his calm and positive energy coming through the phone. What a great episode.

Mar 16th
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Mark Jordan

I listen to Happy Place regularly and was shocked by the ending. Not a dig at Fern, but I think this needed further explanation or support. A lot of vulnerable people at present.

Mar 11th
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tanya mullen

defo do a ghosting episode please

Jan 31st
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Hayley Nicholls

Yet again so comforting and so much to learn and lean in to. Loved loved loved it ❤

Jan 31st
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Megan Colder

Luke Colder and Samantha Colder

Jan 31st
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julie scholey

It took a period of three days to listen to this podcast, pausing to feed and water the children, work the generally get through the week in one piece! However it was well worth the stopping and starting, so good and just what I needed. Namaste

Jan 27th
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Catherine Thacker

Thank you Fearn and Frankie. The not rushing around to after school clubs chat has helped more than you’ll know!!

Jan 27th
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Nicola Minott

listen to all of your podcasts every week when I am at work. love a really deep conversation, you make it so easy to explain these situations. love nikki

Dec 31st
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Hayley Nicholls

The most heartfelt and inspiring listen so far. Not wanting to do things he hates, and doesn't have to but does them because they matter. This is something different. Taken so much from this. x

Dec 16th
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Donna Hoy

Oh my goodness, what an episode 🙏. So many golden nuggets of wisdom, I was taking notes all the way through as wel as laughing my head off. I love how down to earth both Brene and Fern. Marvellous work. Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏❤🙏

Nov 30th
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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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