How to live happily while coronavirus has you shut in
Harvard University professor Arthur Brooks gives advice on how to think positively and better yourself during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Some people may be going a little stir crazy in isolation, but Harvard University professor Arthur Brooks advises we should start using the coronavirus lockdown to our advantage.
In studying social, psychological and behavioral literature, Brooks told FOX Business' Neil Cavuto that he believes we can use these hardships to "grow as people," and doing so includes reducing screen time and embracing human interaction.
"Why are people binging on social media?" he asked. "It's because they're actually lacking a neurotransmitter in the brain called oxytocin that comes from eye contact and from touch. And we actually are craving it in a big way. But social media won't give it to you, at least not very much."
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Brooks said in order to satisfy your brain, physical touch and eye contact with the people you’re quarantined with is necessary, even if it's the family dog.
For people feeling lonely while isolated, Brooks recommends finding ways to fix the lacking neurotransmitter by satisfying the desire for human interaction. One simple fix, he said, is to hug it out.