Open To Happiness

Open To Happiness

Dedicated to all of you struggling with relationship issues, a traumatic past, anxiety, depression, addiction and other afflictions to help you embrace awareness, reach understanding and open to happiness. A podcast filled with real life stories to empower, educate and entertain you whilst you navigate your journey of self-discovery, healing and personal growth.


October 13, 2021 43 min

In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between digital technology and happiness with Sug Sahadevan, entrepreneur and CEO at Testhouse, London.

What does an electronic engineer and past employee at the UK government communication headquarters thinks about technology?

How can a software developer for national gas suppliers and international banks start his own tech business and build it to the level of a global organisation...

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In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between fitness and happiness with Zack Rutledge, personal trainer and nutrition specialist from New Jersey, USA.

When you find it hard to go through breakups in adolescence.

The experience of having your best friend killed at 18.

Why moving and fitness helps with low mood and depression.

How depression can be healed through forgiveness.   

When a man’s relationship with his father lead...

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September 29, 2021 39 min

In this episode Nicoleta talks about adolescence and happiness  with Aayushi Kulsunge from Mumbai India, the Founder and CEO of Teen Mental Health Society. 

How does it feel to be diagnosed with clinical depression at 15?

The world of a teenage girl fighting eating disorders.

What makes an adolescent unhappy.

Our subjective expectation around happiness.

What are the main challenges at adolescence in this new world?

The pressure of social...

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In this episode Nicoleta talks about the relationship between success and happiness with Michael Biarnes, a scientist form Washington DC, USA.

How does a scientist in oncology, diagnostic, neuroscience and cardiovascular disease ends up writing about redefining success?

Why would someone replace the aspiration of owning a biotech company or a big pharma with becoming a wellbeing advocate?

How the loss of your parent makes you rearrang...

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In this episodes Nicoleta chats about millennial entrepreneurship and happiness with James Mulvany, a serial entrepreneur from Manchester, UK.

What makes the difference between an entrepreneurial mindset and a 9 to 5 corporate aspiration?

How is life when you start your own business at 16?

What does a millennial learn from setting up start-ups?

What are the secrets in succeeding in business these days?

Why some businesses work and other...

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Why do men seek intimacy with a sex worker?

Do men go to an escort to avoid an affair?

Are they seeking excitement or A different type of connection?

Why men share with an escort what they fear to share with their wives?

How an escort provides sex for 10 min and chatting for the remaining 50 min.

Is the affair, the fling or paying a sex worker just a symptom of a relationship issue?

Do people have a love and sex addiction when they go to...

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In this episode Nicoleta is chatting about relationships and happiness with Deb Morgan, relationship coach from Summerset, England.

Why would a groom beat the bride on their wedding night?

What is it like to live in multiple abusive relationships?

How important is our family dynamic in the development of a relationship roadmap?

Why do we get comfortable and know “our place” in an abusive relationship?

What makes women keep the domestic ...

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In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between antidepressants and happiness with Brooke Siem, an award winning chef and mental health writer from Nevada, USA.

Why do we put children on antidepressants when they lose their father at 15?

How is life when you live on antidepressants from 15 to 30 and you are still depressed and suicidal?

Can you be so depressed to feel relieved at the thought that one day you’ll die and ever...

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August 18, 2021 43 min

In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between economy and happiness with Michael Kelly, financial business consultant and founder of Investment Science from New York, USA.

How does an economist look at happiness?

Can an investor grasp happiness in between 2 deals?

Do large corporations grow at the expense of everyone around us?

Are the money raised by companies in Sillicon Valley spent properly?

Is there happiness behind te...

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In this episode Nicoleta chats about alcohol addiction with Gypsy Wonders a motivational speaker from Minnesota USA.

Why is alcohol consumption keeping you in a state of disconnection from your real self?

How do you stop drinking to find who you really are beyond your addiction?

Can you find love, happiness and joy when you stop drinking?

How do you wake up to a life you love?

Why an unfulfilled life leads to alcohol addiction?

Do people...

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 In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between resilience and happiness with Terry Tucker an author, motivational speaker and cancer survivor from Denver, USA.

How is life for a college basketball player turned police investigator and SWAT hostage negotiator?

 Why you should always go and do the things that scare you

What are the limits of human resilience?

How learning from your mistakes makes you resilient…

Is there some...

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In this episode Nicoleta chats about the relationship between gratitude and happiness with Deborah Hawkins, an author and blogger from Chicago, USA.

Can you embrace gratitude after an unsured driver hits you and leaves you unable to walk?

What helps you to navigate depression in your 50s?

How do you develop a practice of gratitude?

Can you be intentional in creating an attitude of appreciation?

What are you gratitude themes?

How to be t...

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In this solo episodes Nicoleta explores the relationship between bereavement and happiness.

Sharing her own experience of a very close family member sudden death, Nicoleta takes you through a number of very important questions:

How do you  move through the shock of a dear person's death?

What it means to lose someone fairly young?

How it feels to find someone you just met died unexpectedly?

What kills us young these post-modern time...

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In this episode Nicoleta talks about the relationship between sanity and happiness with Wajid Hassan, actor, author and spiritual teacher based in North Carolina, USA.

How is your perspective changed in life when you are born into a Muslim country, then you are raised in a Christian school in England, and then follow a yogi master and live your adult life in Los Angeles?

Are we spiritual beings in a physical body?

Will the spiritual l...

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In this episodes Nicoleta chats about ageing and happiness with Clarissa Kristjansson, mindfulness and menopause coach, podcaster and speaker from Sweden.

What does it feel to go through a burnout in your mid-50s when you are pre-menopausal, have extreme anxiety and you lose motivation in life?

Can you escape stuckness and loneliness with the aid of mindful living?

Why are women still caught up in traditional roles, over-giving and ov...

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In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between music and happiness with Hope Sheree, a spiritual soul artist, author, blogger and host of “A Dose Of Hope Radio” from Virginia USA.

Selected out of thousands of applicants, Hope is one of the 50 artists to be part of the world’s greatest gospel choir established by the multi-Grammy and Oscar winner Pharrel Williams that has toured the world and had been documented in the Ne...

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In this episode Nicoleta chats about menopause and happiness with Lisa Adams, registered nurse and yoga teacher from Manchester. 

Find how Lisa embarked on a career in health care now spanning over 3 decades and in time developed interest in menopause and women’s health.

Learn that there is not much happiness in the medical world due to organisational issues like underfunded services and overworked staff which generally keeps the mor...
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In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between self-love and happiness with therapist and coach Nicola Farnhill from Costa Blanca, Spain.

Nicola shares how her traumatic childhood experience and her therapist mother informed her decision to become a therapist herself.

They talk about the common experience of being therapists, about losing their mothers 10 years ago and what they learned throughout the decades doing their ...

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In this second part of the interview with Desa Markovic, Prof. in Systemic Psychotherapy at Regents University London, Nicoleta continues to explore the relationship between sexuality, family dynamics and happiness.

They look at the parenting styles and the importance of healthy boundaries and privacy in educating children. Sometimes we fail to notice how, as parents, we send messages about sex to our children that end up shaping th...

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In this episode Nicoleta explores the relationship between sexuality, family dynamics and happiness with Desa Markovic, Professor of Systemic Psychotherapy at Regent's University London.

Inspired by her own personal journey in life, Serbian born Desa has dedicated more than 2 decades to the field of sexual and family health starting with her training in clinical psychology in Yugoslavia, “a country that unfortunately does not ex...
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