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Finding Happiness Living with Celiac Disease

June 26, 2022

Finding Happiness Living with Celiac Disease
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In this episode of the podcast "What Makes You Happy", host Jake Pearson interviews Ben Hampton, a writer, celiac disease advocate, and host of the Gluten Free Podcast. Ben shares that his family and music are what make him the happiest, and that since his celiac disease diagnosis in 2020, he has become a keen advocate for the gluten-free community. He also advises listeners that pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and setting goals for themselves can lead to happiness.

Finding Happiness Living with Celiac Disease

0:00 - Introduction to the podcast "What Makes You Happy" with Jake Pearson

0:39 - Introduction to Ben Hampton, a writer, celiac disease advocate, and host of the Gluten Free Podcast

0:52 - Where Ben is from

1:00 - What makes Ben happy: his family, music, and spreading awareness about celiac disease

1:34 - Jake's question on the goal of the Gluten Free Podcast

2:20 - Ben's advice to someone struggling to find happiness in their life: push themselves out of their comfort zone and focus on self-care

3:40 - Final thoughts from Ben on self-care being essential to happiness and well-being.

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Jake Pearson  00:00

Are you trying to figure out the secret to happiness? We're here at What Makes You Happy with Jake Pearson. We want to make that happiness more accessible for you in your life. So stick around as we interview everyday people, inspirational leaders and your favorite celebrities on what makes them happy.


Welcome back to the podcast where we ask the question what makes you happy. 


My name is Jake Pearson. And today we have with us Ben Hampton, who is a writer, celiac disease advocate and host of the Gluten Free Podcast. Ben, how are you? 


Ben Hampton  00:39

Yes, good man. How are you going?


Jake Pearson  00:40

-Doing really well, besides before this episode, where I had to literally re-record after eight seconds, so doing pretty well. Where are you coming from?


Ben Hampton  00:48

I am living on Gandangara country in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

What makes you happy?


Jake Pearson  00:52

Beautiful, my neighbor down in Melbourne. So another Aussie on the podcast. Look, thank you for coming on the show, what makes you happy?

Ben Hampton  01:00

My family... First and foremost, my family. I've got a beautiful wife. I've got two amazing daughters. And music as well. Music is a massive passion of mine. I'm a drummer. So I've always played in bands and listen to music and gone to gigs. And I just-- I love and breathe music basically. And I was also diagnosed with celiac at the end of 2020. So since then I've become a really keen advocate for the Gluten Free community. And yes, I love spreading awareness and doing everything I can to spread the word about it.

What he has been up to since he started the podcast?

Jake Pearson  01:34

That's amazing that you're in a position where you can share your insights to help other people with celiac disease. That's pretty much your whole goal with the podcast, isn't?


Ben Hampton  01:44

It is, yes. When I was diagnosed, it just-- I just realized how much awareness is needed around the disease and the gluten free diet. And by starting that up, it's been life changing. I've been able to connect with people and hear their stories. And I've shared mine as well. And I feel like I'm part of a community with them. And yes, it's been amazing. I think becoming a father as well, has shifted my perspective of happiness. And yes, it's made me realize, you know, taken the focus of myself and put that onto other people.



Jake Pearson  02:20

That is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing that. And that's just your story, that's unique to you. So for the listener, who may be right now thinking, Okay, well, this guy likes music, and he's got a podcast, and he's an advocate for celiac disease. But what can I take from this? What advice would you give to someone listening to the show right now, who is struggling to find some happiness in our life?

Ben Hampton  02:45

Out of everything that I've kind of done in my life, I guess, when I've put myself in positions of being out of my comfort zone. And sort of pushing myself that little bit further, I think that's when-- Looking back, that's when I have been the happiest, whether that's becoming a father, it's a struggle in itself. But it's been amazing. And just anything, any goal that I've set for myself, and I think when I've pushed myself that little bit out of my comfort zone, it's made me try to become a better person. And I think that can only help other people as well. And that's just what makes me happy. 

If you can’t look out for yourself and care for yourself, you’re not going to care for others.

Jake Pearson  03:21

Well, that's beautiful, thank you for sharing that. You mentioned pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, that's a very hard thing for a lot of people to do, especially when they're struggling with their mental health and well being, any sort of tips around that in terms of how big they should push themselves out of that comfort zone, or should I try for something a bit more accessible for themselves?


Ben Hampton  03:40

For sure. And I think, you know, it's sort of easy for me as a white male, Australian, to tell people how they can find happiness. But I think at the end of the day, people just have to find that for themselves and create happiness for themselves. And everybody's going to be individual in the way that they do that. But being open and honest. And just really communicating how you're feeling and sort of looking out for yourself at the end of the day. If you can't look out for yourself and care for yourself, then you can't give care and provide, basically love and care for others. And yes, you just need to take some love and care for yourself. And that is what can really make you happy and make others happy around you.



Jake Pearson  04:27

Ben, that was a beautiful piece of advice right there. If you would love to connect with Ben as we close out the show you can connect with Ben through the podcast episode description below. Go check out his podcast and give his story a listen. Ben, thank you so much for coming on the show and sharing what makes you happy.


Ben Hampton  04:43

Thanks for having me on man! And I just want to say as well, I think it's an awesome podcast idea. And I think it's really going to benefit a lot of people I know, myself starting up a podcast, it's been really just life changing, just hearing people's experiences and I think you got to learn so match yourself as well as the people coming on this show. So, I think it's a great idea. So well done.


Jake Pearson  05:06

Absolutely. Thank you so much, man! 


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