To survive, we need to be aware of danger. We’re hard wired to notice potential threats in our environment. In recent years, scientists have become aware of another survival level need. Human connection. Johann Hari had a viral TED talk on the underlying reason for addiction – lack of social connection. Medical doctor Dr Gabor Mate speaks from decades of experience with people who are addicted to heroin about the underlying need we all share for safe, consistent attachment as infants and young children. Neuroscientists have found we need at least 30 seconds of mindful attention to happiness to create neural networks in our brains to support happiness.
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