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While true happiness may have a different definition to each of us, science can give us a glimpse at the underlying biological factors behind happiness. From the food we eat to room temperature, there are thousands of factors that play a role in how our brains work and the moods that we are in. Understanding these factors can be helpful in achieving lasting happiness.
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The part of the brain most affected by early stress is the prefrontal cortex, which is critical in self-regulatory activities of all kinds, both emotional and cognitive. As a result, children who grow up in stressful environments generally find it harder to concentrate, harder to sit still, harder to rebound from disappointments, and harder to follow directions.
Read the intro to this at a get-together I was at and am excited to read it in its entirety. Very stimulating ideas!
The paperback she’d been reading was face-down on the desk. Time Traveler, a biography of H.G. Wells, volume two. It was not a library book. Next to it were three well-sharpened pencils and some paperclips. Paperclips! Everywhere I went, paperclips! What was this?
Perhaps some fluctuation in the gravitational field had suddenly inundated the world with paperclips. Perhaps it was mere coincidence. I couldn’t shake the feeling that things weren’t normal. Was I being staked out by paperclips? They were everywhere I went, always just a glance away.
Something went ding. Come to think of it, there’d been a couple of dings lately. First animal skulls, now paperclips. It seemed as if a pattern was establishing itself, but what relationship could there be between skulls and paperclips?
Before much longer, the woman returned carrying the three large volumes. She handed them to me, accepting the ice cream cone in exchange.
"Thank you very much," she said.
"Thank you,” I said.
She held the cone low behind the desk. Glimpsed from above, the nape of her neck was sweet and defenseless.
"By the way, though, why all the paperclips?" I asked.
“Pa-per-clips?” she sang back. “To keep papers together, of course. Everybody uses them. Don’t you?”
She had a point. I thanked her again and left the library. Paperclips were indeed used by everyone. A thousand yen will buy you a lifetime supply. Sure, why not? I stopped into a stationary shop and bought myself a lifetime supply. Then I went home.