Author Archives: Mr Bashful

What is happiness?

Uncle:  There are two kinds of happiness. We feel the first kind, pleasure, when our sports team wins, or win money, or when we spend time with people we love. We also feel pleasure when we experience emotions such as … Continue reading

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‘Are you happy, Uncle?’

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 don’t have a pet. Uncle: Well … Continue reading

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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: Camels store fat in their humps and that fat provides them with … 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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