In conclusion . . .

When many years ago I was asked to answer the question, ‘What makes a person happy?’, the question became a quest. The powerlessness I had felt when I was unable to help my sister Jane meant that writing this book was to be my journey. For me, any other journey would have been a waste of time. Yet, I haven’t found a cure for depression. I can’t assist anyone suffering from the affliction.
     But I have come to understand a little about happiness. It isn’t a mystery. It is something we evolved in the same way we evolved our elbows and our spleen – we are meant to have happiness. It’s our reward for satisfying innate needs. We get it by going through the motions of being an aware human being.
I couldn’t help you then, dear sister Jane, and I wouldn’t be able to help you today. I tried. But thank you for the journey you prompted me to take. It has been bewildering, exasperating, and endless. And it has been the most rewarding damned thing I’ve ever done.

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