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Is there a science to being happy? Does our brain chemistry, or even our genetics, determine how we feel about our lives? Can we learn to become even happier? While happiness may look different for everyone, and can at times feel impossible to achieve, we know it’s an emotion that can be crucial to both your physical and mental health. So in this season of Chasing Life, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is setting out to better understand happiness and what the science tells us about the best ways to achieve it.  

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Is there a science to being happy? Does our brain chemistry, or even our genetics, determine how we feel about our lives? Can we learn to become even happier? While happiness may look different for everyone, and can at times feel impossible to achieve, we know it’s an emotion that can be crucial to both your physical and mental health. So in this season of Chasing Life, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is setting out to better understand happiness and what the science tells us about the best ways to achieve it.  

    Are We Prepared for Bird Flu?

    Are We Prepared for Bird Flu?

    An update on the current bird flu outbreak: it’s still infecting wild birds, mammals and now several farmworkers in the United States. The virus does not appear to be transmitted between humans, but can we prevent further spread? And what are public health officials doing to contain it? Immunologist and virologist Rick Bright has been studying the bird flu for decades and tells Dr. Sanjay Gupta why he thinks more action is needed and who he thinks should be leading the charge.
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    Should Everyone Consider Therapy to Be Happier?

    Should Everyone Consider Therapy to Be Happier?

    With the surge in telemedicine, therapy has seen a remarkable rise in popularity. But could therapy hold the key to a happier life? And should everyone go to therapy? Sanjay speaks with psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, acclaimed author of "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone," and co-host of the Dear Therapists podcast, about how therapy can actually change your brain and get you one step closer to achieving happiness. Plus, Lori sheds light on the surprising ways therapy can reshape your perspective, especially for those who are therapy-curious.
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    • 34 min
    Can Anxiety Be A Good Thing?

    Can Anxiety Be A Good Thing?

    Do you spend time worrying about what could go wrong in the future, or stressing about something you did or said in the past? That nagging feeling has a name: anxiety. But what if worrying about preventing anxiety is actually getting in the way of our happiness? New York University neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki is on a mission to help more people accept, and even embrace, what she calls “the most misunderstood emotion.” In this episode, we’ll explore an unexpected solution to happiness: embracing stress and how accepting “good” anxiety can help us feel happier and more at ease with uncomfortable feelings. Plus, Professor Suzuki explains why our society’s obsession with avoiding anxiety and negative emotions may be doing more harm than good.
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    • 29 min
    Is There A Science To Happiness?

    Is There A Science To Happiness?

    Have you ever wondered: What does it mean to be truly happy? Can our brain chemistry, or even our genetics, determine how we feel about our lives? And, most importantly, can we learn to be even happier? Cognitive scientist and Yale University Psychology Professor Laurie Santos has spent her career researching these questions. As the host of The Happiness Lab, Laurie has gone on her own journey to discover what it truly means to be happy. On today’s podcast episode, Professor Santos will share her findings and how she says we can re-train our brains to make better choices, build better habits, and ultimately, be happier. 
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    • 31 min
    The Benefits of Gratitude

    The Benefits of Gratitude

    It turns out a simple “thank you” really can go a long way. In fact, giving thanks doesn’t just make others feel good – it can also boost your own mental and physical well-being. Dr. Sanjay Gupta hears how gratitude helped one woman navigate a life-changing medical diagnosis. Plus, how you can implement a gratitude practice into your daily life. This episode originally aired on May 17, 2022.
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    • 32 min
    How Worried Should You Be About Ultraprocessed Foods?

    How Worried Should You Be About Ultraprocessed Foods?

    We've all heard of processed foods, but what about ultraprocessed foods, which make up more than half of the typical American diet? In this special Chasing Life: Spotlight, CNN Medical Correspondent Meg Tirrell explores how these foods became so widespread and the potential risks they pose to our health. She speaks with Professor Marion Nestle, a leading authority on nutrition and food policy and NIH senior investigator Kevin Hall, who conducted the first and only controlled clinical trial on ultraprocessed foods. Hear about the study's remarkable findings; it may change some of the choices you make in the grocery store. 
     
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
577 Ratings

577 Ratings

drd5e ,

Aging series missing one big topic

Loved this latest season of Chasing Life about aging, covering many aspects of the topic. But I feel it missed one big issue that 50% of the population deals with as part of aging - perimenopause and menopause! Would have loved to hear you address that and how it affects women’s aging process.

Deepti416 ,

Step off the hamster wheel!

We’ve been chasing material things for a long time. It’s time to step back and start chasing life. Excellent podcast if you want to step off the hamster wheel and contemplate other things!

smlowe5637 ,

Needed now, more than ever!

I’m with bigmo1969. The way you presented information on “Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction” - the previous incarnation of this podcast - was calming and informative. We’re still living in a pandemic and the need for information is greater than ever, as governments turn a blind eye to what’s happening and mandates and restrictions that were saving lives are dropped. COVID-19 is on the rise again, and nobody’s really tracking the spread and the fallout from it. With the various mutations and variants, what’s changed? What’s remained the same? With vaccines unavailable to many and much of the world, is COVID-19 really here to stay, as those who say we have to learn to live with it say? Even if we had sufficient supply, could the vaccines we have today effectively eliminate the virus? Is it possible to create a vaccine that could make a person immune to the virus, so that the virus denied any viable hosts would just die out? These are just the questions off the top of my head, without really thinking about it. Even if it’s once a month, since your podcasts are weekly, could you work in a COVID-19 episode, or designate a COVID corner or COVID moment each week?

I actually stopped listening to the podcast when “Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction” transitioned to “Chasing Life” because the podcast became less relevant to my immediate information needs with respect to protecting my family and myself. Some of the episode titles look interesting, so I’ll probably shoehorn some of them into my already full listening time, but a return to “Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction” in some form would put your podcast back into my must-listen-to podcast list.

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