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The Aging Project
The Aging Project
How friendship, optimism and kindness can help you live to 100

Marta Zaraska is a renowned science journalist and the author of two books, including her latest: ‘Growing Younger – how friendship, kindness and optimism can help you live to 100.’ In this deeply-researched book, Marta shows us how in addition to healthy eating and keeping our bodies moving, nurturing friendships, being kind, and connecting with your purpose can add years to your life.

Join Shelley for episode #3 of The Aging Project Podcast, as she chats to Marta about:

• How science shows that social connection is as important for our health as nutrition and exercise

• How the ‘happy hormones’ affect not only our minds, but our bodies too

• Why volunteers live longer

• How smiling at a stranger improves your physical health

• How the security of deep friendships and social connectedness supports our health and longevity

• Why connecting on social media is no match for in-person catch-ups

• How turning your phone off improves your relationships

• The impact of loneliness on your life expectancy

• How random acts of kindness can change you on a physical level

The Aging Project is on a mission to discover and share the secrets to aging well, and to empower you to make great choices for your health and wellbeing in your forties and beyond. Hosted by Shelley Craft, The Aging Project Podcast will introduce you to the leading minds in the field of aging fabulously. Her insightful interviews will inspire you to take middle-age by the horns and make it the best time of your life!


Thank you to Marta Zaraska for taking the time to chat with us. If you’d like more information about Marta and her work, you can find it here:

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Host: Shelley Craft

Producer: Amanda Attwood, founder of The Aging Project 

Podcast Studio Team: Poly Studios


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