The Happy Times

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The Happy Times

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Whether I’m getting ready in the morning, driving somewhere, or taking a shower, I always like to have something on in the background. Sometimes I play music but lately I’ve been listening to podcasts. I know what you’re thinking, “A podcast? Aren’t those for old people?” Not necessarily. Apple Podcasts has loads of categories and thousands of podcasts and episodes. They range from comedy to society and culture and from health to news and politics. They really have something there for everyone.

A podcast that I absolutely love and listen to religiously is The Happy Times hosted by Joey Kidney. Kidney, a self help youtuber really gives off the stereotype that Canadians are the best people. I first came across his channel a year ago when he uploaded the video, “I filmed my anxiety attacks for a week.” In this video he did exactly as the title says and I was impressed. As I struggle with anxiety as well, I could relate to that video. Kidney has videos over a variety of not just mental health issues, but regular struggles people go through, also. He does this with the goal of bettering people’s lives and spreading positivity; a true Canadian. These videos include breaks ups, death, loneliness, motivation, dealing with change, and of course, anxiety and depression. He expresses that it’s important to take care of yourself.

The Happy Times centers around mental health. Kidney isn’t a licensed therapist; he isn’t a professional. He’s just a regular person who’s had some experiences and gives some advice. I think that it’s comforting that he doesn’t know everything or try to claim he does. He just gives advice based on his experiences and I’d say eight out of ten times he’s correct. Kidney doesn’t try to sugar coat anything or say that having the “perfect” life is easy or even possible. He’s blunt and he’s real. Life isn’t easy, especially when you’re going through something, and he acknowledges it.

Every Friday Kidney uploads a new episode of his podcast to Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Spotify. He uploads it to so many platforms in case someone doesn’t have an account on one platform, they can still access The Happy Times. As the uploads aren’t as frequent as I sometimes wish, I often listen to old episodes. Some noteworthy ones are Dear Joey- You’re Having A Mental Breakdown, Listen to This When You Need a Friend, Listen to This When You Are Stressed Out, and Whatever Happens, Happens.

The podcast reminds me to take a break when I need to or to get out there and do something with myself if I’m feeling really down. If I’m feeling anxious, tired, stressed, or if I’m just getting ready in the morning, I turn on this podcast and relax. It’s nice to start your day off with a laugh and hearing Kidney’s Canadian accent when he says things like “out.” Kidney jokes around a lot and makes it feel as if the listener is having a conversation with him. The podcasts are also uncut; he doesn’t get rid of him stuttering or tripping over words. It’s this way so that it feels real and as if the listener really is having a conversation with him. It helps me to calm down, remind myself that I’ll be okay, and that today is a good day. I highly recommend this podcast not only to people who struggle mentally but anyone. The podcast is funny, happy, and is just the best time to listen to.  As Kidney would say, stay you, and stay beautiful.

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