Satiety—of an Intellectual Sort

In Grace after Meals in Judaism, a Biblical verse is quoted in the third paragraph, “and you will eat, and you will be satisfied, and you will bless.”

I’m no stranger to the hunger-fullness scale, I use it both personally and professionally—I am a dietitian after all!

But is satiety only about physical fullness from food?

What of intellectual satiety?

Like when you finish your workload for the day and you could fit in an extra little project but you simply don’t feel like starting anything else. You feel full productivity-wise. You feel like you put in a good day’s work.

When we ignore internal cues for a while, we can lose their sensations.

I’ve seen it with hunger cues.

And perhaps in a society which values endless productivity over work-life balance, perhaps we have lost touch with what it means to feel intellectual satiety/satisfaction from a good day’s work.

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