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 56 - Carol Moxam
We talk to Dr Carol Moxam this week who is a speech and language therapist and lecturer at Newcastle University. She talks to Chris about language and communication, students and wellbeing and building self belief in others. She talks about how she enjoys sharing and exchanging knowledge through her lecturing and how happiness is a feeling and not a material thing.
Episode 55 - Tim Crook
This week we talk to Tim Crook who is a Trustee for the Friends of Gosforth Central Park. Green spaces have been particularly valuable for all of us, especially over the last year or so. Tim talks to Chris about what he's been doing with his retirement and what it takes to keep our parks looking beautiful for us all to enjoy.
Episode 54 - Mandi Cresswell
This week we talk to Mandi Cresswell who is the Chief Officer of Meadow Well Connected in North Tyneside. Mandi talks to us about her varied career path and how she now finds happiness working at Meadow Well Connected. She also talks to us about positive intelligence as well as how a building a heart of a community had to adapt it’s delivery processes during the pandemic.
Episode 53 - Kylea Little
Kylea Little, Keeper of History at Discovery Museums talks to us this week. She talks to us about what being a curator means and why it’s important to collect things for the collection now for the future. We talk about the happiness and contentment that people get from donating things to the museum collections and some of the things she's been collecting recently. We also talk about being a working parent, rediscovering old children's book favourites and how appreciating the small things in life is the key to happiness for her.
Episode 52 - Steve Lowe
This week we talk to Steve Lowe who is an ecologist, archaeologist and generally all round lover of the great outdoors. In this episode he talks about the importance of nature to wellbeing, learning to say no and the importance of connecting with others and how that impacts on our overall mental health and that sometimes those dirty dishes can wait for another day.
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.