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WHY SOME OF US CAN’T BEAR TO USE THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS WE OWN Photo: Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash. just learned the word “anhedonia.” It means the inability to experience pleasure. Writers have been using the term a lot recently (15,700 results came up when I searched for it in Google News) to describe one of Covid’s long term effects on mental health. Over the weekend, I came across anhedonia in a New York Times article , which linked it to another good vocab word: anosmia, or the loss of smell. Smell is intimately tied to both taste and appetite, and anosmia often robs people of the pleasure of eating. But the sudden absence also may have a profound impact on mood and quality of life. Studies h... Full story

17 January