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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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Happy Place Fearne Cotton

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 14.7K Ratings

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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    Molly McCann: Therapy, combat sports, and menstrual cycles

    Molly McCann: Therapy, combat sports, and menstrual cycles

    Being deep in the middle of therapy can be draining. Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete Molly McCann has been working hard to understand her more toxic traits and behaviours, and her vulnerability has made her a stronger fighter.
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Molly talks about how she’s learnt not to fear failure, and how to overcome self-sabotage, as well as the very physical way her trauma has been released. She explains how she knew she wanted to break her family’s pattern of addiction too.
     
    Fearne and Molly also chat about the movement towards female athletes taking their menstrual cycle into consideration during training, and the fickleness of fandom – how we put people on a pedestal only to tear them down again. How can we learn to seek internal rather than external validation?
     
    Molly McCann returns to the Octagon for UFC® 304: Edwards vs Muhammad 2. Tickets for UFC® 304 go on sale at 10am BST on Friday, 7th June via Ticketmaster.
    TAKE PART IN OUR HAPPY PLACE SURVEY HERE: http://bit.ly/happyplacesurvey2024
     

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Patric Gagne: Sociopaths, compulsive behaviours, and theft

    Patric Gagne: Sociopaths, compulsive behaviours, and theft

    Sociopathy should be understood as a spectrum disorder. It’s a disorder that affects roughly 5% of the population – similar to the number of people who have depression or anxiety. Patric Gagne is a sociopath.
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Patric explains the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. Sociopaths have access to inherent emotions like sadness and happiness, but struggle with learned social emotions like remorse, guilt, empathy, and love. There’s also a huge feeling of apathy for Patric, which in the past led her to anti-social behaviours like stealing cars and breaking into houses.
     
    Fearne also points out the benefits of not caring what others think of you; while she people pleases a lot, she can see the freedom in having a lack of a filter. They chat about how to function in a relationship when you have to communicate any kind of mental disorder or illness too.
     
    Patric’s memoir, Sociopath, is this month’s Happy Place Book Club read. Come and be part of the Book Club discussions on Instagram @happyplacebookclub.
     
    Sociopath is out now.
     
    Listen to Book Club Meets: Jo Cheetham
     
    Listen to Book Club Meets: Jennie Godfrey

    Thanks to Bluebird (an imprint of Pan Macmillan) for the Sociopath audiobook extract.
    TAKE PART IN OUR HAPPY PLACE SURVEY HERE: http://bit.ly/happyplacesurvey2024
     

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    • 55 min
    Ashleigh: PTSD, isolation, and self-acceptance

    Ashleigh: PTSD, isolation, and self-acceptance

    Nobody’s worse off than you; everyone just experiences things differently. This is what 27 year old Ashleigh has come to understand about her own trauma. Previously, she minimised her own experiences, thinking it can’t be that bad, but learnt that until she acknowledged her own pain she couldn’t move forward.
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Ashleigh explains how PTSD led her to develop facial tics and a stammer, isolating her personally and professionally. They talk about how to cope when those around you don’t understand what you’re going through, plus, how the Prince’s Trust have given her game-changing support to start her own business helping others with mental health struggles.
     
    Fearne is a Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health and Wellbeing for The Prince’s Trust. They help support young people aged 11-30, and believe that every single young person should have the chance to succeed, no matter their background, or their personal challenges. They offer support into education, training, and jobs; that’s exactly what they did for Ashleigh.
     
    As well as catching up on Ashleigh’s progress, Fearne has a very special surprise for her at the end of the episode...

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    • 25 min
    What’s REALLY going on in your mind?

    What’s REALLY going on in your mind?

    How’s your mental health doing today? Do you ever wish people understood what was actually going on in your mind?
     
    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Fearne looks back at some of the conversations she’s had on Happy Place that shine a light on particular mental health conditions.
     
    There’s OCD with Tuppence Middleton, cyclothymia with Matt Edmondson, and psychosis with David Harewood. Plus, neuroscientist TJ Power chats about how to increase serotonin levels, and sleep physiologist Stephanie Romiszewski talks through how to combat insomnia.
     
    Hopefully you’ll find a moment’s solace from connecting over stories you might recognise if you have any of these mental health conditions yourself, and if you don’t... you may well know someone who does...
     
    CONTENT WARNING: as David recalls racist abuse, this episode contains offensive and distressing language.
     
    Watch Stephanie Romiszewski
     
    Listen to Tuppence Middleton
     
    Listen to Matt Edmondson
     
    Listen to David Harewood
     
    Listen to TJ Power

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    • 28 min
    Zayn: Introversion, fatherhood, and VHS tapes

    Zayn: Introversion, fatherhood, and VHS tapes

    It can be tiring being anything but yourself. Musician Zayn has learnt to lean into what really makes him content.
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Zayn talks through the quiet lifestyle he loves in Pennsylvania: painting, being outdoors, spending time with his daughter, and staying off his phone. He also explains how fatherhood has changed him, whether he's the parent he thought he would be, and what impact the new depths of emotion he feels has had on his music.
     
    They chat about how to find the balance between sharing enough information with others to really connect on a deep level, while keeping some things private just for you. Plus, Zayn gives Fearne a very thoughtful gift...
     
    Zayn’s new album, ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS is out now.

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    • 42 min
    Rebel Wilson: Emotional eating, virginity, and popularity

    Rebel Wilson: Emotional eating, virginity, and popularity

    Do you turn to food for comfort? Actor Rebel Wilson spent a lifetime using food to numb herself from difficult emotions.
     
    In this chat with Fearne, Rebel shares why she felt safe using her body as a barrier to true intimacy, not having sex until she was 35. Knowing that she was medically obese, Rebel made 2020 her ‘year of health’, but it was working through her trauma that made the most difference, not a specific diet or exercise plan.
     
    Fearne also shares the realities of her bulimia, including the secrecy and isolation that can come with shame.
     
    Rebel talks about feeling like a ‘loser’ at school and making a concerted effort to become popular through speaking to five new people each day, and being a part of theatre and sports teams for connection.
     
    Plus, Rebel explains why it felt so important to speak her truth about what happened on certain sets in her memoir...
     
    Rebel’s book, Rebel Rising, is out now.
    Listen to How To Laugh When You’ve Been To Hell And Back

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14.7K Ratings

14.7K Ratings

Sam Jacobs 1234 ,

Love this show

I love Fearne and this show! It covers great topics with a good variety of people. Fearne is an excellent and very experienced interviewer - really able to pull out interesting ideas and perspectives from her guests.

Vero_London ,

Favorite uplifting podcast (reviewed)

I used to love this podcast (see previous review below) and but the fact that the first 5-7min are just adverts have hugely put me off. It went from intimate conversations with truly interesting people to just getting celebrities on to promote a product or book. I understand that to make sustainable, high quality podcasts, you need money. But it’s too much advertising for me now, lacks its original authenticity, and it sadly makes the podcast less appealing.

——— Listening to this podcast is always one of the highlight of my week. Fearne is amazing and and the range and calibre of people she has on her podcast is inspiring, heart warming and makes me feel super connected and ‘calm’. Love it!

Melspalts ,

More and more adverts…

Always enjoy the content but it’s seems to be getting very advert heavy now which is putting me off.

Not one of my top podcasts to listen now.

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