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Feeling Loved: The Science of Nurturing Meaningful Connections and Building Lasting Happiness by Jeanne Segal, PhD

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CHAPTER 5

Too Much Thinking Can Lead to Not Enough Loving

FROM THE MOMENT WE LEARN TO speak, many of us never stop talking—mostly to ourselves. Day and night, we find ourselves constantly in the recesses of our own minds, lost in our thoughts and imaginations. And as we grow older and life gets busier and more complex, the volume of the chatter inside our heads only gets louder and louder. With all this internal noise and distraction, we miss out on the here and now, and with it, the heartfelt, joyous experiences that take place only when our focus is in the present.

In our rush to do, be, and have so much, we often sideline the less intense and ...

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