Author Archives: Mr Bashful

The Umpteen Keys to Resilience

The entire book is below. The chapter headings are to the side.

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Preface.

If you are a young adult, in your teens or early twenties, this book is for you. It’s you I want to help. I want you to know things I wish I had known when I was your age. I … Continue reading

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Why did I write this book?

When I was a child my father would tell me I was lucky to have a life. That puzzled me, because whenever I asked myself ‘Are you glad you were born?’ my answer was invariably ‘No.’ I believed my father … Continue reading

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Can this book help people suffering depression?

If my sister Jane were alive today I could not heal her. Depression is not simply a lack of happiness; it’s a complex illness that comes in many forms, and needs professional treatment. I have no evidence to suggest that … Continue reading

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What is happiness?

Being happy is not about living ‘life’s spectacular journey’, as some happiness experts attest. Nor is it about avoiding pain. A happy person feels all the dark emotions: anger, fear, sadness, grief . . . but isn’t broken by them. … Continue reading

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Let’s define evolution.

It is hard to speak of evolution without inadvertently attributing to it intent. I might say, ‘beetles evolved to fly’, which sounds like the beetles had a choice in the matter. Of course they didn’t. Or I might say, ‘evolution … Continue reading

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Part 1. The innate need to be resilient.

First, we need to look at how happiness evolved. The evolution of temporary happiness (pleasure)
 When we engage in short-term behaviours that benefit us or our species, such as eating, having sex or playing (playing is good for us because … Continue reading

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