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Why Relief Feels So Damn Good

Different forms of relief — from pain, or from the fretful anticipation wrapped up in a political election — look quite similar in the brain.

The Greek philosopher Epicurus famously described pleasure as the absence of pain. And, according to some scholars, Epicurus believed that the greatest form of pleasure comes from…

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Markham Heid

I’m a long-time contributor at TIME and other media orgs. I write mostly about health. I grew up in Michigan, but these days I live in southwest Germany.