Is love an emotion, an urge, brain chemistry, or something else entirely? It’s the one question that has dominated our culture and relationships for millions of years. But what is love? It's powerful enough to drive us to create new life or to destroy it, but while countless books, poems, films, plays, and careers have been made out of trying to decipher it, or at least represent it, can we pin down what it actually is?
How To Cope With Hope And Uncertainty: 'I’ve Conditioned My Brain Not To Get Excited About Things I Usually Look Forward To'
I was supposed to go to seven 40th birthday celebrations in 2020, one of them my own. I also had one wedding and two mini breaks in my diary by the time March rolled around and set fire to the idea of plans altogether.
As a tumultuous 2020 draws to a close, we’d forgive you for wanting to give your brain a well-deserved break. But at this time of year, snowballing Yuletide chores can easily become an avalanche. That’s why our gift to you is a mental hack that’ll help you avoid starting 2021 buried beneath all the jobs you’ve not got round to yet.
Do you ever struggle to get things done? Do you sometimes feel your brain is not as sharp any more? Did you used to read books and now find it challenging to even finish a short article in a newspaper?
Dr. Gabija Toleikyte is a neuroscientist, lecturer, and performance and wellbeing coach.