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Our brain and belonging

This month, Vanessa King of Action for Happiness and author of 10 Keys To Happier Living, recommends The Brain: The Story Of You by David Eagleman

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The most complex thing on the planet is between our ears – our brain. Billions of cells and trillions of connections between them govern everything we consciously see, hear, feel, say and do, and a lot more we’re not conscious of – and it’s the things we have less conscious control over that Eagleman shares in this ‘beginners’ guide’. Our brain needs other people around to function at its best. Connecting and collaborating conferred survival value as a species, so we evolved to come together in families, tribes and groups and, when we feel cut out, it activates our brain’s pain matrix just as when we experience physical suffering.

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If you're feeling depleted, out of sorts and ready for a holiday, then this issue is for you. Our 18-page dossier on how to renew your strength shares scientifically proven ways to fill up your tank and keep it full. If you’re hitting the beach but want to revolutionise the way you see yourself, turn to page 46 and learn about the new mindset to adopt to finally find peace with your body. This month, we invite you to train your brain to think differently but we also invite you to sing, dance and play. Why? Because it’s not only good for your soul, it’s good for your health. Learn how the arts can help you live a long, happy life. Here’s to a long, happy summer!