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Feeling Needed Nourishes Your Social Brain

One of the most powerful human drives is the primal need to belong! Just as there exists a biological need for sleep, food, shelter, and sex; the deep drive for connection is a strategy for survival. Your brain evolved into a social organ that is nourished by being part of a community. In the absence of connection, your body goes into stress—literally! More research into the social brain reveals that one of the root causes of anxiety, social strife, and even political unrest in today’s world is the devastation felt of being unneeded and devalued by our tribe. Cutting edge research in brain science affirms a timeless spiritual truth—the antidote for anxiety is acceptance! Feeling needed nourishes your social brain. We hope you enjoy this beautiful piece by His Holiness the Dalai Lama that explains why this is so true.

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