The Happy Pear Podcast

1/11/2022

Finding Meaning with Jeff Krasno

Season 6, Ep. 2
How do you find meaning?In this weeks episode we speak to Jeff Krasno, entrepreneur, author, and podcast host.Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey as one of her Super Soul 100 changemakers, Jeff helms Commune Media — offering an assemblage of in-depth wellness courses, podcasts, and other media featuring the field’s foremost experts, including Deepak Chopra, Russell Brand, and Sharon Salzberg.Drawing on his former career running a record label and a youth spent traveling the globe with his parents, Jeff incepted and created Wanderlust — a series of more than 60 large-scale global events combining innovative yogic instruction and live music that saw thousands of attendees. Featured in media including The New York Times, the events spawned Jeff’s debut book, “Wanderlust” (Rodale), which sold 35,000 copies worldwide.As host of the Commune podcast, and the author of three books, Jeff presents his audience with knowledge and guideposts to becoming their best selves. Classes, podcasts, and books offer a roadmap to creating a better society through compassion, community-building, and hands-on activism.Needless to say we go deep with Jeff, finding meaning is only at the helm of our discussion as we meander our way through what it is to truly be present, understanding compassion, trauma, mindfulness and so much more.We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did.Lots of love,Dave & SteveTo find out more about Jeff visit his site: http://www.jeffkrasno.com/This episode was produced by Sara Fawsitt and Sean Cahill
1/4/2022

The Truth about Alcohol with Andy Ramage

Season 6, Ep. 1
We are starting off 2022 with a bang! Now, although this is one for any time of the year, there really is no better way to begin dry Jan than with this motivational piece.“The fear of change and being thrown out of a tribe is an unavoidable instinctive fear.”Andy is known by many as the godfather of the alcohol-free movement. A former professional footballer, and creator of two major financial brokerages - Andy gave it all up to co-founded the OneYearNoBeer movement, which has now helped over 100,000 people transform their relationship with alcohol.Since then Andy has written two books ‘The 28-day alcohol-free challenge’ & ‘Let’s Do This! How to use motivational psychology to change your habits for life’, and delivered a brilliant TEDx talk titled, ‘The pill will make you limitless’.Recently Andy stepped down from OYNB to create the Arete Group which is a collection of initiatives to help people reach their limitless potential including self-development courses like 'The AreteWay: Unlock your limitless potential', and a world class coach training certification called AreteWay Coach.As non drinkers ourselves for the last 19 years this episode is very close to our heart. Finding a new tribe, thinking outside the box, questioning culture norms that have been imparted on us at such a young age are some of the topics we discuss along with the serious health scares no one seems to talk about.Big love,Dave & Steve xTo find out more about Andy, check out www.andyramage.com or find him on social media via @andyramageofficial and LinkedInThis podcast was produced by Sara Fawsitt and Sean Cahill
12/21/2021

Fertility, The Pill & Period Pains - Does the pill do more good than bad?

Season 5, Ep. 10
60% of women use the contraceptive pill for reasons other than contraception, the majority of this for cramps and pains - The Washington Post.Speaking to this weeks podcast guest, cramps, period pains, irregular or missed periods could be a result of a much bigger underlying issue, on average it takes between 8-12 years for a women to get diagnosed with Endometriosis - which makes one question are we irresponsibly using the pill?Lisa Hendrickson-Jack is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner. She teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health.Author of the book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children by recognising the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimisation. She also hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health.Lisa is fun, informative and edgy! She has a super holistic approach to medicine, with the ability to recognise where it’s needed and also draw a line on where it is potentially causing more harm than good.We talk fertility, knowing ones cycle, contraception, period pains and so much more. A brilliant guest, we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did.Big love,Dave & SteveProduced by Sara Fawsitt & Sean Cahill
12/14/2021

Infidelity - is it always bad? With Dan Savage

Season 5, Ep. 9
This week we talk to “The world’s most influential sex-advice columnist" - The Guardian - who’s graphic, pragmatic, and humours approach changed the cultural conversation about monogamy, gay rights, religiosity and politics.“The amount of people who write to me asking me if they should dump their partner because they are unsure if they are “the one”… there is no “the one!” There is maybe a 0.67 or 0.64 and it’s your job to round that mother f***er up to number one… and you have to accept that they are doing the same for you!”Aside from being a sex columnist, Dan is also a podcaster, best selling author, and has appeared on numerous television shows.Savage Love, Dan’s sex-advice column, first appeared in the The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly, in 1991. Now Dan has also a weekly call-in advice podcast, the Savage Lovecast and has published six books, his latest; Savage Love from A to Z: Advice on Sex and Relationships, Dating and Mating, Exes and Extras - is an illustrated collection of 26 never-before-published essays that provides a thoughtful, frank, dive into Savage’s trademark phrases and philosophies. This book is for anyone who’s had sex, is currently having sex, or hopes to have sex!We have a wonderfully insightful conversation on what it truly means to be faithful to ones partner, how one glove does not fit all, and how straight people can learn a lot from gay relationships.We hope you enjoyed this episode as much as we did, we are big fans of Dan and even more so after our chat!Big love,Dave & SteveTo find out more about Dan, check out is Instagram @dansavage his podcast the Savage Lovecast and his new book Savage Love from A to Z: Advice on Sex and Relationships, Dating and Mating, Exes and ExtrasProduced by Sara Fawsitt and Sean Cahill
12/7/2021

HRT - not a breast cancer risk? With the UK’s leading Menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson

Season 5, Ep. 8
It is astonishing to think how badly educated we all are about such an important topic; how much misinformation is out there and how understudied women’s health really is."Menopause is a huge cause of osteoporosis, dementia and heart disease… and the most common cause of death in women is… dementia and heart disease!”Since our episode with Dr Shahzadi Harper on perimenopause we realised we needed to find out more, especially about the questions around hormone replacement therapy (HRT). So, we decided to dig deeper and talk to “the leading menopause specialist,” according to The Telegraph, Dr Louise Newson.Dr Louise Newson is Founder of Balance App, the world’s biggest repository of evidence-based and medically approved menopause information.Dr Newson is a trailblazer when it comes to empowering women in making informed decisions to benefit their health and wellness. Author of Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, ‘Preparing for the Perimenopause and the Menopause,’ Dr Newson is also Founder of The Menopause Charity and not-for-profit Newson Health Research & Education.A highly insightful conversation that has opened many questions and made us reflect on our current health system and wonder what can be trusted?Have a listen and let us know your thoughts on social media!And if you enjoyed this episode please subscribe and share so we can keep making more.Big love,Dave and SteveTo find out more about Dr Louise Newson check out her instagram @menopause_doctor , her charity The Menopause Charity and her APP The Balance APPThis episode is sponsored by Wolfgang Reforest who’s mission is to plant more trees, re forest Ireland and encourage others to do so too.Give the gift of a tree for just €20 - it only takes 3 minutes - and help restore and re-wild Ireland’s forests.
11/23/2021

Ethical Porn with Erotic Filmmaker Erika Lust

Season 5, Ep. 6
Apparently, 35% of internet downloads involve porn and 50% of UK adults watch porn, according to the Guardian.Something so popular and yet never talked about - why don’t half of us openly admit to each other (or to ourselves) that “yes, I watch porn”?"For most people, porn is what they find on these free online sites and often very misogynistic, aggressive, even racist and not tasteful.”For this week’s podcast guest, Indie erotic filmmaker, Erika Lust, argues that porn can be so much more than that: “I really think we have a possibility here of creating wonderful, beautiful, and diverse films… I think there is a lot of positivity around watching people have great sex together and seeing how they are communicating, especially in a world that struggles with the language of consent.”We admit we were a bit nervous going into the conversation, but we instantly sank right in and found ourselves viewing porn from a new lense.Erika Lustis an award-winning filmmaker who creates sex-positive adult cinema by portraying relatable characters, realistic sex, and offering a more inclusive and cinematic alternative to the mass produced mainstream porn.Over the past 20 years, Erika has defended the importance of having women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ people behind the camera in all key positions and supports burgeoning talent across the globe by producing and financing female and queer guest directors.“More and more youth are turning to porn for sex education, whether we like it or not,” says Erika. According to the Guardian, “teenagers are turning to porn as a sex educational tool because schools do not tell them what to do, but focus only on contraception”.“Young women are constantly coming up to me saying “I am having sexual relations with men and I can’t orgasm, what’s wrong with me?” Many times it is because they are learning about sex through what they see online and they think that is how it should be done - that kind of sex is not stimulating for women.”From how historically affluent white men made sexual entertainment something only for themselves, to how porn is now run by one dominant company posing as a tech company, this episode with Erika is truly fascinating.We hope you found it as eye-opening as we did!Big love,Dave & Steve xYou can find out more about Erika and her work on her website erikalust.com , on instagram @erikalust and checkout her latest short film out tomorrow, Cooking show on xconfessions.com