February 3, 2023


There was an interesting report on NPR today about the changes in the brain that occur when we connect with people.

The changes are measurable and can contribute to a greater sense of joy. Something similar occurs when we are involved in social media relationships, but to a lesser degree. Yet social media involvement taps into the brain pathways that lead to addictions. While I fully grasp the realities of introversion and extroversion, I am convinced that being with people is essential for a life that is full. I am currently reading a book that suggests that the creation of social infrastructure (read farmer's markets, bike paths, libraries, pubs, parks, museums) is a way for all of levels of government to aid us in getting together. Connected lives are fuller and, I believe, happier lives.