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When, over evolutionary time, have human beings stopped doing their usual daily tasks, been overwhelmed by a wondrous, beautiful and irresistible change in the environment that affects all the senses, and paused long enough to contemplate both our smallness and our universal connectedness?

Could an experience like this, repeated almost every day over millennia, have an effect that becomes deeply embedded in our natural processes of health and well-being?

Although there has not been a specific scientific study to examine the question of the impact of watching a sunset, it is an idea that resonates with both logic and intuition. It resonates with the argument that most things that are good for us have been happening for a long time. Things have to happen for a long time for them to become embedded in our biology. This is simply how evolution works – processes that are beneficial for survival are preserved through long term procreative selection. Those things that are not beneficial for survival are either eliminated or resistant, resolving mechanisms are established to counteract the “contamination” and return the organism to health, wellbeing and procreative capacity.

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Richard Curtis Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc, is acknowledged internationally as an expert in human dynamics, communications, the brain and the mind. He is an international lecturer and keynote speaker on the topics of neuroscience, psychosocial genomics, has developed special training courses for suicide prevention and is the originator of the Curiosity Approach. In addition to lectures to the psychological profession in Australia and the world, Richard has a strong engagement with the coaching and business community. His Curiosity Approach offers an innovative new perspective for therapeutic practice of all forms. He is President of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS), a select member of the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Group, an Esteemed Member of the International Council of Professional Therapists, on the editorial board of The Neuropsychotherapist, and director of the Mindscience Institute. He holds Masters degrees in Arts; Education; and Mind and Brain Sciences. His books include, Choose Hope, How the ‘real world’ Is Driving Us Crazy!, and The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands, as well as numerous articles, journal papers and book chapters, including in Perspectives on Coping and Resilience and Strengths Based Social Work Practice in Mental Health, published worldwide.
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