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Rangan Chatterjee

The New Science of Mental Well-Being

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    Happiness is the key

    Imagine for a moment that you’re in the doctor’s office, not feeling your best. The doctor enters the room and starts talking to you. But instead of only asking about your symptoms, they look at you with open curiosity. They know that health is more than mere biology, so they try to understand the full story of your life. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

    Dr. Rangan Chatterjee has discovered that his patients’ problems often stem from lifestyle choices like food, exercise, sleep quality, or unmanaged stress. Something as simple as getting better sleep, or practicing a one-minute breathing exercise, can transform their mental well-being. Likewise, adjusting a diet or learning stress management techniques can significantly improve gut problems.

    Stress is a key factor in about 90 percent of the health issues Chatterjee sees daily. When patients are feeling calm, content, and in control, they’re likely to be healthier. In short, feeling genuinely happy positively impacts their health.

    Scientists have proven this. There was a study in which subjects were exposed to the common cold virus after filling out a happiness survey. The results showed that not-so-happy folks were three times more likely to fall ill than those who reported being happy at the time of exposure.

    Happiness also encourages us to exercise, socialize, and avoid quick mood fixes like junk food – all obvious health benefits. But it goes deeper. Happiness alone, even with all other lifestyle factors accounted for, actually leads to a longer life. A study carried out with a community of nuns looked at the relationship between happiness and longevity, and found that the happiest nuns outlived the less happy ones. This was significant because they all shared similar diets, living conditions, and stress levels in their community.

    The moral of the story? Don’t underestimate the power of happiness on health. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, forgetting to enjoy a walk, skimping on sleep, or living in a perpetual state of stress. But this lack of ease slowly and surely builds up – and before you know it, it turns into dis-ease. Because the mind and body aren’t just connected: they’re one and the same.

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    What is Happy Mind, Happy Life about?

    Happy Mind, Happy Life (2022) busts the age-old myth that happiness is a by-product of wealth or success. Instead, it’s something to cultivate and nurture independent of life’s circumstances.

    Who should read Happy Mind, Happy Life?

    • Frustrated achievers wondering why their hard work isn’t making them happier
    • Those seeking insight into the mind-body health connection
    • Anyone wanting to live with more joy and mindfulness

    About the Author

    Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a British physician, television presenter, author, and podcaster. He frequently presents on topics of health for the BBC. 

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