Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus and weeks of social isolation, many people are feeling anxious and grappling with loneliness. In the inaugural episode of The Art of Happiness, Arthur talks with Claremont Graduate University professor Paul Zak, the pioneer of the field of neuroeconomics and leading expert on oxytocin, the “love molecule.” They discuss the brain science of human connection, social distancing, and the power of hugs, and share three steps to take today to be less lonely in quarantine.

References and further reading:

How Permanent was Vietnam Drug Addiction?

Oxytocin reduces food sharing in capuchin monkeys by modulating social distance | Paul Zak

The Neuroscience of Trust | Paul Zak

Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies | Paul Zak

How social distancing could ultimately teach us how to be less lonely | Arthur Brooks

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