Author Archives: Mr Bashful

What is happiness?

Nephew: Are you happy? Uncle: Yep. Nephew: I guess you have close relationships? Uncle: No. I have no close friends or relatives. Nephew: What do you call me, then? Uncle: A nuisance. Nephew: You can’t be happy. The happiness experts … Continue reading

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Why does poo smell bad? A brief explanation of the process of natural selection.

Nephew: You said core happiness comes from satisfying long-term, ongoing innate needs. What did you mean? Uncle: Do you know how natural selection works? Nephew: Sort of. Uncle: Do you know why poo smells so bad? Nephew: My poos don’t … Continue reading

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How did happiness evolve?

Nephew: Okay, I understand how natural selection works. I ask again: you said core happiness comes from satisfying long-term, ongoing innate needs. What did you mean? Uncle: First let me say that it is hard to speak of evolution without … Continue reading

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Should we even seek happiness?

Nephew: Last night Dad warned me about seeking happiness. He reckons, ‘Who wants to be a grinning idiot with no real substance?’ Does he have a point? Uncle: As I have said, being happy is not about being a grinning … Continue reading

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The happiness researchers

Nephew: How do you know so much about happiness? Correction: what makes you think you know so much about happiness? Uncle: There are different types of researchers into happiness. Nephew: You’re the one I’m asking about. Uncle: There are the researchers … Continue reading

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The need to feel safe.

Nephew: You reckon that if we want to add to our core happiness we need to satisfy our innate need to feel safe. Uncle: You’ve been listening? Nephew: I managed to stay awake at that part. But we feel safe … Continue reading

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The difference between stoicism and resilience

Nephew: I disagree with you. Uncle: What? Why? I haven’t said anything! You just got here! Nephew: You said we need to develop the feeling that whatever happens, we will handle it. That’s rubbish. Our neighbour, Mr Flan, was super … Continue reading

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