22 episodios

Why do we cry? How come love hurts? And what’s a happiness researcher doing talking about sadness, anyway?

Helen Russell is a journalist and happiness researcher and How to be Sad is a new podcast based on her book of the same name - exploring why we get sad, what to do when we’re sad, and how we can all get happier by learning to be sad, better. Because let’s be honest – we are in unprecedented times. None of us are where we thought we’d be this time last year and we’re all struggling. We’re having to get better at having difficult conversations and finding ways of handling our sadness.

Join Helen as she talks to some high profile people from all walks of life who have done just that. Each week, special guests share their own experiences of everything from heartache to burnout, anxiety to addiction, the differences between sadness and depression - and how they cope.

Find out more @MsHelenRussell #HowToBeSad and order How To Be Sad at https://harpercollins.co.uk/products/how-to-be-sad-everything-ive-learned-about-getting-happier-by-being-sad-better-helen-russell?variant=32618500653134

How To Be Sad with Helen Russell Helen Russell

    • Salud y forma física

Why do we cry? How come love hurts? And what’s a happiness researcher doing talking about sadness, anyway?

Helen Russell is a journalist and happiness researcher and How to be Sad is a new podcast based on her book of the same name - exploring why we get sad, what to do when we’re sad, and how we can all get happier by learning to be sad, better. Because let’s be honest – we are in unprecedented times. None of us are where we thought we’d be this time last year and we’re all struggling. We’re having to get better at having difficult conversations and finding ways of handling our sadness.

Join Helen as she talks to some high profile people from all walks of life who have done just that. Each week, special guests share their own experiences of everything from heartache to burnout, anxiety to addiction, the differences between sadness and depression - and how they cope.

Find out more @MsHelenRussell #HowToBeSad and order How To Be Sad at https://harpercollins.co.uk/products/how-to-be-sad-everything-ive-learned-about-getting-happier-by-being-sad-better-helen-russell?variant=32618500653134

    Season 3 #2 Tracii Guns

    Season 3 #2 Tracii Guns

    This episode is something of a departure - how often do you hear a happiness researcher in conversation with a heavy metal icon? Not often enough, we decided. So today’s guest is the man who put the gun in Guns ‘n Roses and LA Guns. He’s had 10 studio albums with LA Guns, two with Brides of Destruction, he’s worked with them all – oh, and he used to play golf with Eddie Van Halen. His music has been described as sounding like ‘the score to some pagan ceremony, or maybe the music they play on the elevator that takes you down to hell’ and he has, he says, always been ‘attracted to the darkness’.


     


    Here, we talk about:


    how Guns ‘n Roses came about

    the joys of sex, pizza, rock and roll

    being an 80s glam metal survivor

    experiencing the ‘Hollow Ghost’

    agoraphobia and expectations

    living Danishly

    what a good life looks like, now


    Follow Tracii on Twitter and Instagram @traciiguns
    Follow Helen on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @MsHelenRussell
    Read more about Helen’s new book, How To Be Sad (Waterstones , Amazon UK or anywhere you like to buy books)
    Get in touch with the show at howtobesadpodcast@gmail.com
    And as ever, BIG thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.

    • 52 min
    Season 3 #1 Dr Tal Ben Shahar

    Season 3 #1 Dr Tal Ben Shahar

    Psychologist and New York Times Bestselling author Dr Tal Ben-Shahar taught the most popular course at Harvard on Positive Psychology – but he’s also the perfect guest to help us navigate how to be sad, well.


    From a dashed career as an elite squash player to navigating the perils of perfectionism, the fallacy of arrival and the importance of feeling all of our feelings – Tal has explored highs and lows both personally and professionally.


    Now, Tal says: ‘One of the major obstacles to becoming happier is the belief that life can and ought to be free of painful emotions.’


     


    Here, we talk about


    positive psychology vs toxic positivity

    arrival fallacy

    perfectionism (aka sunk cost’)

    why we need to embrace ‘wholebeing’

    the SPIRE model for living and being sad, well

    what advice Tal would you give to his 21 year old self


    Find out more about Tal’s work @TalBenShahar on Twitter or @happiness.studies.academy on Instagram - and his new book, Happiness Studies, is out now.
    Follow Helen on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @MsHelenRussell
    Read more about Helen’s new book, How To Be Sad (Waterstones , Amazon UK or anywhere you like to buy books)
    Get in touch with the show at howtobesadpodcast@gmail.com
    And as ever, BIG thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.

    • 54 min
    Season 2 #10 Daisy Buchanan

    Season 2 #10 Daisy Buchanan

    Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist, chart topping podcaster, author of How To Be A Grown Up, The Sisterhood and her latest, Insatiable. As well as being one of the funniest women in print, Daisy has also written incredibly movingly about her own experiences with anxiety, with disordered eating, about her relationship with her body after abuse, as well as many of the agonies of modern life that too often go unexamined – or are met only with shame. Daisy is very good on shaking off shame


    and how to be sad, well. She says of sadness now: ‘the worst thing you can do is distract yourself from it. A lot like thrush…’


    Here, we talk about:


    -       Owning your story
    -       How therapy helps
    -       Epilepsy and uncertainty
    -       Growing up one of six sisters
    -       Experiencing abuse
    -       The ‘M’ word (money)
    -       The joys of Jilly Cooper
    -       …plus what advice Daisy would give to her 21 year old self
    Follow Daisy @NotRollergirl on Twitter and @thedaisybee on Instagram and check out Insatiable via Bookshop.org link in bio (where you can also find How To Be Sad, the book, plus a host of other podcast guest book recommendations!)Follow Helen on social media @MsHelenRussell


    How To Be Sad, the book, is out now.
    Thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.

    • 42 min
    Season 2 #9 Rebecca Schiller

    Season 2 #9 Rebecca Schiller

    Writer and campaigner Rebecca Schiller moved her family to a rural smallholding in the hope of a simpler life. But she soon found that life wasn’t any simpler and was a damn sight harder in many ways. She has written movingly about how we can never escape ourselves – no matter how much we try – as well as her experiences with depression, anxiety, and living with undiagnosed ADHD until recently.


    Rebecca says now: ‘everyone – including me – wants neat and happy endings to stories of chasing a dream. Society encourages us to believe that we are one thing or the other: happy or sad, good or bad, right or wrong; that we must pick an angle’. But we’re all beginning to understand that life is a little more complicated than that - and as Rebecca has also written: ‘nature is not a simple fix’.


     


    Here, we talk about:


    Neurodiversity and how it’s misunderstood

    The positive aspects of having a ‘different’ brain

    How at our lowest ebb, something profound shifts

    Rejection and learning to understand it

    Parenting and the importance of risk

    Being kinder to ourselves. Starting now…


    Follow Rebecca @schillerrrrr on Twitter and @rebecca.schiller on Instagram and check out Earthed via Bookshop.org (where you can also find How To Be Sad, the book, plus a host of other podcast guest book recommendations!)


    Follow Helen on social media @MsHelenRussell
    How To Be Sad, the book, is out now.
    Thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.
     

    • 46 min
    Season 2 #8 Baz Ashmawy

    Season 2 #8 Baz Ashmawy

    Baz Ashmawy is an Irish radio and television star whose series, 50 ways to kill your mammy, won him an Emmy. He’s also a podcaster, dad of six and an outspoken advocate for feeling all the feels. Born in Libya to an Egyptian dad an Irish mum, he moved to Ireland age 6. One of the few dual heritage families in his part of Dublin suburbia at that time. His father left when Baz was just seven, an experience that had a profound effect on him and his sense of identity. He’s experienced the highs and lows of fame and family life; come back from the brink more than once; and learned a few lessons about how to be sad, well along the way. Now, he says, these experiences have helped him become who he is today


     


    Here we talk about:


    Growing up dual heritage in Ireland in the 1980s

    His dad leaving ‘in search of happiness’

    Ageing, fear and pushing past comfort zones

    Taking ownership of sadness

    Toxic masculinity

    What happens when one of your lungs collapses on a transatlantic flight

    Days when all you want to do is stay in bed

    Being ‘on’ and the pressure to perform

    How the joy of winning an Emmy only lasts for a week. After that? Is the little things, like steak for dinner or walking the dog


    Follow Baz @bazashmawy on Twitter and @bashmawy on Instagram
    Follow Helen on social media @MsHelenRussell
    How To Be Sad, the book, is out now.
    Thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.

    • 50 min
    Season 2 #7 Matthew Ashton

    Season 2 #7 Matthew Ashton

    My guest today is the toy designer Matthew Ashton - Vice President of design at Lego; Executive Producer on the Lego Movies; head judge on Lego Masters UK; creator of Unikitty and the man behind Lego’s first ever LGBTQ+ set – the rainbow inspired Everyone is Awesome. The set represents a huge milestone both for Lego and for Matthew personally, who has spoken out about the struggles he faced growing up as an LGBTQ+ kid in the 1980s and 90s.




    He says: ‘being told what I should play with, how I should walk, how I should talk, what I should wear – the message I always got was that somehow I was ‘wrong’. I wish, as a kid, I had looked at the world and thought: ‘This is going to be OK, there’s a place for me’. I wish I’d seen an inclusive statement that said ‘everyone is awesome’” - and so, he made it himself.


    He’s putting it out there into the world to mark the start of Pride Month.


     


    Here, we talk about:


     


    - Growing up under section 28


    - ‘Throwing like a girl’


    - Learning to ‘breathe’ for the first time


    - Lego (& other life changing moments)


    - Breaking down (even when you have the best job in the world)


    - …and building back up again


    - Why therapy takes patience


    - Finding purpose, now


    Follow Matthew on Instagram @matthew__ashton or on Twitter @matthew__ashton
    Follow Helen on social media @MsHelenRussell
    How To Be Sad, the book, is out now.
    Thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.

    • 45 min

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