The Northern Guide to Happiness is a podcast that aims to put a smile on the faces of people across the North East. We’ll be talking to adopted and native Northerners about what makes them happy. We’ll be trying to uncover some of the things that we can all do to get more joy in our lives.
Episode 51 - Craig Heap
This week we talk to retired Commonwealth and Olympic athlete Craig Heap. He had some really interesting on views on happiness and how gymnastics has been such a huge part of his life since he was a young boy. Craig talks his motivation for helping others and his enthusiasm for sport and it’s positive impact on wellbeing and looking for the positivity in the face of adversity.
Episode 50 - Habib Rahman
This week we talk to the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Habib Rahman who has made history by being the first Black and Minority Ethnic Lord Mayor in the civic job’s 800 year history. We talk about all sorts of things including his journey to the UK from Bangladesh and what that was like as a young boy, his passion for the North East region, what it’s like being the Lord Mayor of Newcastle and what happiness looks like for him.
Episode 49 - Anne Wilson
With the 40th anniversary run of the Great North Run less than two weeks away we thought a running inspired episode would be appropriate as we return after our summer break. This week we have Anne Wilson who some of you might have seen on the route of the Great North Run dressed as Minnie Mouse. She is part of a very exclusive group called the All Runs Club made up of a small number of people who have run every single Great North Run since the first one in 1981. Anne shares some of her memories of the Great North Run over the years including what it felt like taking part in the very first one in June 1981.
Episode 48 - Dan Pye
This week we talk to Dan Pye who finds happiness in immersive experiences which might explain why he loves working amongst the stars at Kielder Observatory. He is also in his happy place in his recording booth using his voice to portray characters in video games, TV adverts and continuity reels as well as the importance of accents to identity.
Episode 47 - Mark Taylor-Gregg
Mark Taylor-Gregg talks to us this week. Based in North Shields he is a volunteer crew member of Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station. He is also an artist, he sails himself and is a dedicated family man. Mark talks to us about his love of being an artist and the connection with and legacy of his late father. He also talks about happiness in relation to his progression between careers and the courage and self knowledge needed to that. A fascinating discussion not to be missed!
Episode 46 - Nikita Kaur
This week we talk to the fabulous Nikita Kaur who works at the Angelou Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne working with children and young people as their Children and Young Person’s Domestic Violence Advocate. She talks about the importance of play and that you’re never old to try something new. Nikita talks to us about her love of aerial, the coast and watching and discussing movies with others.