Andrea, lead producer at D6 Culture in Transit shares her thoughts on happiness after a challenging time during the lockdown period. She talks about retrospective happiness, some excellent book recommendations through to camping with her children, circuit training and weightlifting.
PhD student Libby Morrison talks to us about the Politics of Happiness module at Newcastle University, the pressures on students and their mental health as well as happiness in the care sector and her experiences of caring for both her parents.
Michelle is an entrepreneur and business owner running her own wedding business here in the North East. She talks to Chris about what it's like helping people plan for their wedding day, the power of a simple smile and the importance of community in her life.
Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also Shadow Minister Digital, Science & Technology. In this episode we talk about how Chi finds happiness working with people, the cows on the Town Moor and doing "important science" as a child at the kitchen sink!
Clare Matthews is finding happiness and contentment after a life of mental health distress and psychiatric diagnoses. Transgender, autistic, and with a complex dissociative disorder, she has learned the benefits of radical self acceptance only since moving to Newcastle. A keen walker and sometimes writer and performer, she has spent the last few years recovering, building for the future and finding satisfaction each day. Clare has learned that some impossible things turn out to be possible. Many others do not and that is okay. She's also a Sudoku genius and adores sharing the contrasting beauty of numbers and nature.
Steve Drayton, also known as Mr Drayton, his showbiz alter ego - has worked in light entertainment most of his born days. In more recent times Mr Drayton has worked for the BBC whilst also finding time to play records to people with his 'Mr Drayton's Record Player' events. In this episode Steve talks to Alex about stand up comedy and performing, working on the Radio 4 listening project, back street finds and slowing down.
Charlotte is an avid list maker and second hand shopper. She loves cooking and making use of those random ingredients in the back of the cupboard. When she's not doing that she gets happiness from cycling, playing roller derby and working for a small North East based social mobility charity supporting young people.
Sid Smith has been a professional freelance writer for over 25 years. In this episode he talks to Dominic about maintaining a good balance, his writing process, the happiest musician he has interviewed and hanging out in record shops.