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Discovering The Neuroscience Of Longing Beauty And Community

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The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing Beauty and Community
The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community
by Curt Thompson MD

4.9 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 6757 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 232 pages

The longing for beauty and community is a fundamental human need that has been studied by neuroscientists in recent years. This article explores the neuroscience of longing, and how it can be fulfilled through art, nature, and social connection.

The Neuroscience Of Longing

Longing is a feeling of desire for something that is missing. It can be a longing for a person, a place, a feeling, or an experience. Longing is often accompanied by feelings of sadness, nostalgia, and longing.

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Neuroimaging studies have shown that longing activates the same brain regions that are involved in reward and pleasure. This suggests that longing is a motivational state that drives us to seek out what we desire.

The Role Of Art In Fulfilling Longing

Art can be a powerful way to fulfill our longing for beauty. When we look at a beautiful painting, sculpture, or piece of music, it can trigger the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure and reward. Art can also help us to connect with our emotions and to express ourselves. When we create art, we are not only expressing our own feelings, but we are also connecting with the feelings of others. This can help us to feel less isolated and more connected to the world around us.

The Role Of Nature In Fulfilling Longing

Nature can also be a powerful way to fulfill our longing for beauty. When we spend time in nature, our brains release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is associated with happiness and well-being. Nature can also help us to reduce stress, improve our mood, and boost our creativity. When we are surrounded by natural beauty, we can feel more connected to the world around us and to our own sense of peace and tranquility.

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The Role Of Social Connection In Fulfilling Longing

Social connection is essential for our well-being. When we connect with others, our brains release oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that is associated with love, bonding, and trust. Social connection can help us to feel less isolated and more supported. It can also help us to develop a sense of belonging and purpose. When we feel connected to others, we are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled.

The longing for beauty and community is a fundamental human need. This longing can be fulfilled through art, nature, and social connection. When we experience beauty, we activate the same brain regions that are involved in reward and pleasure. When we spend time in nature, we release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is associated with happiness and well-being. And when we connect with others, we release oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that is associated with love, bonding, and trust. By fulfilling our longing for beauty and community, we can live happier and more fulfilling lives.

The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing Beauty and Community
The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community
by Curt Thompson MD

4.9 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 6757 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 232 pages
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The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing Beauty and Community
The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community
by Curt Thompson MD

4.9 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 6757 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 232 pages
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